09:30 AM - 11:00 AM (Pacific)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Mountain)
12:30 PM - 02:00 PM (Eastern)
Zoom Invitation Will Be Shared the Day of the Event
Join the PDA Nashville Chapter for an important discussion on the role of Private Company Boards in building an inclusive and diverse environment that drives performance and results. Creating and sustaining an inclusive culture may be one of the most difficult challenges an organization’s leadership, including its board, can undertake. During this special event, four prominent, accomplished Nashville business and board leaders will offer their experiences and recommendations on how to navigate this responsibility. The event will conclude with an interactive Q&A session.
THANK YOU TO OUR NATIONAL AND GOLD CHAPTER SPONSORS!
Darrell Freeman Sr.
Executive Managing Director
Darrell Freeman, Sr. is the executive managing director of Zycron, a division of BG Staffing, Inc. Zycron is an information technology services firm he founded in 1991 in Nashville, Tenn., and sold for $20 million in 2017. He was the 2019 Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee Nashville Business Hall of Fame Laureate, and he most recently became a Board Member at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Darrell has helped take two companies public on the Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange. As co-founder and co-organizer of Tennessee-based Reliant Bank (Commerce Union Bank (NASDAQ), Freeman serves on the Board of Directors. His other entrepreneurial efforts include: co-founder and chairman of Pinnacle Construction Partners; chairman of the board of S3 Recycling Solutions; and owner of DC Partners, a real-estate development firm.
Founder & CEO
Sherry Deutschmann is a serial entrepreneur, author, and passionate advocate for entrepreneurship. In 2019, Sherry founded BrainTrust, a company dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs grow their businesses to $1Million in annual revenue and beyond. Prior to founding BrainTrust, Sherry was founder and CEO of LetterLogic, Inc., a company she grew to $40 Million and sold in 2016. LetterLogic was named an INC 5000 company for ten consecutive years. Sherry attributes the success of LetterLogic to its unique culture in which the needs of the employees came before those of the customer or shareholder. That culture led Sherry to be recognized by EY as one of their 2009 Entrepreneurial Winning Women. She was honored by President Barack Obama as a White House Champion of Change in 2016. Sherry’s book, Lunch with Lucy – Maximize Profits by Investing in your People – was released in March 2020.
TDS & Associates
Dewayne Scott is the founder of consulting firm TDS & Associates, which provides business development resources, back office services and leadership development training for individuals and companies. The first 15 years of his career were at Kroger Company in the executive ranks followed by 17 years as President/CEO and co-founder of SRS, Inc., a company Dewayne co-founded in 2001. Under his leadership, SRS successfully completed over 300 contracts as a prime contractor for 15 different federal agencies and in 2008 was the 250th fastest growing company in the US. He recently authored the book, “Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone,” which released in February 2020.
Cristina Oakeley Allen
Cristina Oakeley Allen is a senior adviser with Compass Executives specializing in business development, multi-cultural marketing, and global trade. Allen is a 25 -year veteran in the marketing industry with expertise in economic and government affairs, brand development, media and public relations, international business development and global marketing. Her work has included management positions within the entertainment, corporate and consulting industries with a focus on business development, government, retail, non-profit and education sectors. An accomplished entrepreneur, Cristina has launched several successful companies in Tennessee. Most recently, she has concentrated on developing the market presence of domestic and international companies worldwide.
The Dominion Asset Group
Teresa Sebastian is the CEO of The Dominion Asset Group. She serves on the Boards of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation, Assemble Sound and Juul Labs Inc. 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. and Asst. GC at DTE Energy. She is also on the Board of the United Negro College Fund; the Nashville Symphony Orchestra; the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Michigan; and the University of Michigan’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership Council.