Nashville | Corporate Crisis: The Board's Role

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM CST
Lipscomb University | Ezell Center | Paul Rogers Board Room
1University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204



Crisis Averted! Knowing what to watch for to keep you out of trouble is the best case scenario. The next best case is that if a crisis happens, you are prepared to manage the crisis vs. it managing you! As a company owner, board member, or future board member-- knowing what to look for and how to plan is what you will hear from our panelists who will share real life case studies and expert advice.


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Paula Lovell
Lovell Communications

Paula Lovell founded national public relations firm, Lovell Communications Inc., in 1988 following10 years as a print and television journalist, producer and on-air talent.  She spent almost 30 years as the firm’s president and CEO, where she counseled businesses and organizations with crisis communications strategies and corporate reputation repair in areas of corporate fraud and abuse, bankruptcies, mergers and acquisitions, RIFs, natural disasters, product liability/malpractice and corporate executive felonies and misdemeanors.

A featured speaker for universities, national organizations and business enterprises, she is also the winner of numerous awards including Nashville’s Spirit of the Chamber Award; the Spirit of Free Enterprise Award from Junior Achievement; the Career Communications Achievement Award from the International Association of Business Communications; the Hercules Award from the PR Society of America, and Woman Business Owner of the Year by NAWBO.  

Lovell is a past Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. She served on the Federal Reserve Bank boards (Atlanta and Nashville) from 1993-2003.

Lovell earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University. She serves on the board of Averitt Express, Inc., a member of Women Corporate Directors and the Tennessee Women Forum and is on the Advisory Board of Harpeth Capital, an investment banking firm based in Nashville.  An alum of Leadership Nashville and an active community volunteer, Lovell has served on 25 not-for-profit boards, including Abe’s Garden, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and Nashville Public Radio (NPR).  She recently spearheaded a successful $4.6 million capital campaign for NPR.



Beth Courtney
Managing Partner
DVL Seigenthaler FINN Partners

Elizabeth (Beth) Seigenthaler Courtney is the Managing Partner, Southeast of Finn Partners, America’s fourth largest independent global public relations firm. Beth leads Finn’s integrated marketing services across ten southeastern states.  A veteran communications professional, Beth has deep expertise in managing complex programs for clients in a spectrum of corporate and government sectors including aviation, consumer products, economic development, healthcare, life sciences, real estate, sustainability, technology and travel.

Recognized for her leadership, Beth has received the Hercules Award from PRSA, Nashville; was formerly named a Woman of Achievement by the Nashville YWCA; has been recognized among Nashville’s “Most Influential CEOs” by Nashville Business Journal and has been named among “Nashville’s Most Powerful” by Nashville Post.   Beth was selected as a participant of the Young American Leaders Program at Harvard Business School and is a graduate of Leadership Nashville. She is a former Leadership Foundation Fellow of the International Women’s Forum and was named a Protégé of C200.

Beth serves on the board of directors of i3 Verticals (NASDAQ: IIIV) and former board member of Richards and Richards.

Deeply committed to her community, Courtney currently serves on the boards of directors of the Ensworth School, Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, Nashville Public Radio, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Nashville Zoo.

Beth is a native of Nashville and a graduate of Boston College. She and her husband Richard Courtney have twins, Thomas and Adeline.


Aubrey B. Harwell, Jr.
Neal & Harwell PLC Attorneys at Law

Aubrey B. Harwell, Jr. co-founded the firm of Neal & Harwell more than forty years ago. The firm is widely regarded as one of the premier litigation and crisis management law firms in the United States.

Mr. Harwell focuses his practice on commercial litigation, white collar defense and crisis management.

Throughout the years, he has been involved in numerous cases receiving national attention. He has been counsel for a number of public officials, including Judges, Governors, Congressmen, State Senators, Mayors and State Attorneys General.

In the last few years, he has represented Pilot Flying J, the sixth largest private company in the country in matters arising out of execution of a federal search warrant on the corporate offices in Knoxville, Tennessee by approximately 100 federal agents in April of 2013.

Several years ago, Bridgestone Firestone had problems arising out of tire separation issues and recalled a huge number of their tires. Mr. Harwell took a lead position in regard to all related matters for this company.

He represented former San Francisco 49'ers owner, Eddie DeBartolo, in numerous matters, including a completed federal criminal case involving former Governor Edwin Edwards of Louisiana.

More recently, he has been involved as counsel for Greg Kelly, a Nissan Senior Executive who was arrested in Tokyo in November of last year.

Mr. Harwell serves on the Board of Ingram Industries, the Advisory Board of FCA Venture Capital Funds, is a former board member of Piedmont Natural Gas, and holds the Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise in the Jones College of Business at MTSU. He serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Nashville School of Law and is involved in numerous other nonprofits.


Rosemary Plorin
CEO & President
Lovell Communications

With 25 years' experience in all aspects of marketing, communications and public relations, Plorin became president of Lovell Communications in 2014 and chief executive officer in 2015. She’s now leading Lovell through aggressive growth while keeping the company firmly committed to delivering exceptional strategy and client service.

Plorin has vast issues and crisis experience in both the private and public sectors having worked in the communications aspects of numerous mergers and acquisitions, labor negotiations, civil and criminal matters, and regulatory issues for companies large and small across a wide variety of industries. Specializing in health care crisis management, Plorin has worked with dozens of hospitals, health systems, nursing homes, post-acute and long-term care facilities on projects such as negative DOH surveys, CMS terminations and Joint Commission denials; hospital sales, acquisitions and bankruptcies; drug diversions and DEA investigations; medical staff credentialing issues; inappropriate patient health information disclosures; DOJ and OIG reimbursement fraud investigations; euthanasia allegations; major medical malpractice cases; clinical trial complications and patient abuse allegations. She has worked with virtually all major news outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Reuters, Bloomberg, Newsweek, CNN, 60 Minutes, 20/20 and local news outlets across the country and internationally.

Plorin is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and an active member of several trade organizations, including the Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators. In her hometown of Nashville, she is a member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Health Care Council.  She serves on the board of trustees for St. Paul Christian Academy, the Business Conditions Council of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and the board of directors of EO Nashville.


Teresa Sebastian
President and CEO
The Dominion Asset Group

Teresa Sebastian is CEO of The Dominion Asset Group.  She serves on the Boards of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation and Assemble Sound.  Ms. Sebastian is on the law school faculty at the University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University.  Previously, she was SVP, GC, CCO and Secretary at Darden Restaurants; VP, GC and Secretary at Veyance Technologies; SVP and GC at Information Resources, Inc.; Asst. GC at DTE Energy; Sr. Counsel at CMS Energy; and Assoc. Attorney at Sommers Schwartz.  Before becoming a lawyer, she was in various finance positions at Michigan Consolidated Gas, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America.  She is also on the Board of the United Negro College Fund; and the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Michigan.  She has a BGS from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the University of North Florida, a JD from Michigan State University, and LL.M from Wayne State University.