A new membership organization started in Nashville is growing rapidly. The Table is resonating with the business community, because the goal is bold — to make Nashville the model city for equity and inclusiveness by taking action to create opportunities to grow prosperity for people of color.

Just six months after launching in October of 2020 by Lee Molette and Kate Wood, The Table now has 170 members and the support of companies such as Bank of America, CMA Country Music Association, Fisk University, Gresham Smith, Ingram, Pinnacle Financial Partners, S3 Recycling, Skanska, Tennessee State University, Truxton Trust and UBS.

What’s different about our organization, compared with what has been done before, is action. We have open discussions on race in a safe environment, and that allows our members to learn without judgement. This builds relationships, and then quickly moves to action, to help other members with what they come to The Table with. This could be mentoring, introductions that open doors or sharing best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Members commit to working toward a solution beyond politics, creating safety and inclusiveness, creating a class of go-to leaders in the community, creating more economic opportunities for all, and showcasing Nashville as a leader in a global issue that has gotten more polarizing instead of unified.

We’ve taken a different approach as to how to measure effectiveness. We are measuring it by gathering and communicating results stories from our members. These results show that change is happening now. Our members want to do something and they want to see change. The Table is a way for them to quickly get involved, get to know others they may not had the opportunity to meet, and create a positive change in the community.

The Table membership is $250 with scholarships available. To learn more, or become a member or sponsor, go to https://thetableaction.com/.

You can also join an informational session to learn more about our mission and how you can help make an impact. A list of upcoming meetings can be found here https://thetableaction.com/contact-us/.

Lee Molette is passionate about helping people learn from each other in order to foster better sustainable relationships. Lee was an investment adviser with Edward Jones, then opened his own Investment firm, Molette Investment Services Group. After 27 years, he retired to focus on building Frank Stanton Developers LLC, a commercial and residential development company named after his grandfather. In October 2020, he co-founded The Table. Molette also develops podcasts and live streams such as “Women With Grit.”

Kate Herman Wood is a leader in business strategy and individual coaching. She spent 25 years with American City Business Journals, 13 of them as Market President and Publisher for the Nashville Business Journal. Her passion is to cultivate the greatest potential of individuals and companies through her executive coaching and consulting firm, K8 Co. Her desire to bring leaders of different backgrounds together to create opportunities to grow prosperity for minorities, led her to become a co-founder of The Table in 2020.

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