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Thanks for joining us for the 2021 Most Powerful Women luncheon, presented by PNC Bank. Our moderators shared their own stories of growth and success with female leaders from all across Middle Tennessee and inspired young leaders to take the necessary steps to reach their goals.


Stay tuned for details regarding the 2022 Most Powerful Women luncheon. 

Since 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. Once again, the Nashville Post and Nfocus are partnering 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. 

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.

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.

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.


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.


All ticket purchasers must complete a COVID-19 Safety and Vaccination status waiver. For anyone that is not fully vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test result must be obtained and presented within 72 hours of attending Most Powerful Women. We also ask that all guests wear a mask when indoors and when not eating or drinking. Tables will be spaced out and only 5 guests will be at each table to allow for additional social distancing.

You will receive a confirmation email with the link to complete the waiver upon purchasing tickets.

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Model Behavior Honorees


Each of our Model Behavior honorees have generously donated an item for our Most Powerful Women Silent Auction. Bidding goes live September 10 at 8 AM with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the nonprofit organizations represented by our 2021 Model Behavior Honorees. Bidding ends September 17 at 11:59 AM.

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