Launched in 2011, the Most Powerful Women series has convened female leaders from all corners of Middle Tennessee’s economy to share their stories of growth and success with peers and future community leaders. This year, the Nashville Post and Nfocus are teaming up on the event and pairing it with Nfocus’ Model Behavior program spotlighting key nonprofit volunteers. Our all-star panel promises to engage, inspire and entertain audiences during our luncheon. We hope you can join us!

Friday, September 17, 2021
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Grand Hyatt Nashville

Meet Our 2021 Panel

Kate Burke

COO, AllianceBernstein

Kate became chief operating officer of AB in July 2020 and in her role oversees all corporate functions of the downtown-based investment management firm. In 2021, she also took over as head of private wealth. Kate joined AB’s Bernstein Research division in 2004 and rose to senior vice president and managing director before becoming head of human capital and chief talent officer and later chief administrative officer. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of the Holy Cross and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Tina Tuggle

Vice President of Community Impact, Tennessee Titans

Tina began her career with the Tennessee Titans in 1998 as the executive assistant to the vice president/general manager and director of football operations, where she worked closely with the team's player development initiatives until 2007. She served as the director of player development from 2007 to 2014 before being named director of community relations in 2015 and senior director of community relations in 2019. In her role, she oversees the development and implementation of all Titans community relations activations, has prioritized the presence of youth football in the community and reconnected and cultivated relationships with former Oilers/Titans players. In 2020, she spearheaded the team’s $1 million donation to tornado relief and volunteer efforts, pandemic relief, social justice grants and more.

Dee Patel

Managing Director,
The Hermitage Hotel

Dee began working at The Hermitage Hotel in the spring of 2004 and has been its managing director since early 2019. In her role, she oversees the operations of the hotel as well as the Capitol Grille, the Oak Bar, Rachel’s Boutique, the Garden at Glen Leven and several downtown real estate properties. She has more than 20 years of hospitality experience in Nashville and Virginia and is active in area cultural preservation and green space conservation efforts. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Johnson & Wales University.

Cordia Harrington

Founder and CEO, Crown Bakeries

Cordia is the founder and CEO of Crown Bakeries (formerly The Bakery Cos.), which bakes more than 10 million baked goods daily and employs more than 800 people, serving customers in the United States, Caribbean and South America. In addition, her businesses include Bakery Express (trucking) and Cold Storage of Nashville (a freezer facility). Her focus on regulations, sustainability, employee policies and development helped the company grow and in 2019 attract a large investment from private equity firm Arbor Investments. She was named Nashville Post’s CEO of the Year in 2020.


General Admission

Includes access to our seated luncheon, a gift bag from our sponsors, the opportunity to bid in our silent auction and more!



Includes all the perks of a general admission ticket + exclusive access after the luncheon to mix and mingle with our panelists + VIP Tote Bag + Champagne Toast


Table Sponsorship

Includes a full table at our luncheon, company logo placement on table, promotional inclusion in our event programs and more.

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Model Behavior Honorees


Stay tuned for our 2021 Model Behavior Honorees and our
Silent Auction, being announced in September! 

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