Ardent's Carolyn Schneider named #8 on Top 50 Women Leaders of Tennessee

The Top 50 Women Leaders of Tennessee for 2023

Carolyn SchneiderWomen We Admire is pleased to announce The Top 50 Women Leaders of Tennessee for 2023. When people envision Tennessee, they typically associate it with its delectable fried cuisine, renowned whiskey, and a rich musical heritage that birthed various genres such as country, blues, and rock. The state is also the proud host of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most frequented national park in the U.S., welcoming over 12 million visitors annually. However, Tennessee offers much more than these well-known aspects, including a diverse and thriving economy. Notably, the area houses several major corporations, such as FedEx, the world's largest courier company, and AutoZone, the largest retailer of automotive parts in the country.

Fortunately, there has been a significant evolution within Tennessee's wide range of industries, marked by an increasing focus on women assuming leadership roles. This positive development signifies not only progress in the quest for gender equality but also underscores the invaluable contributions women have made across the various sectors that drive economic health for the Volunteer State — and beyond. In fact, some of the recipients of this year's accolades are associated with well-known brands in the country, including FedEx, AT&T, Dollar General, and others.

This year's honorees include Stacy Mill, the VP of IT and CISO at Nashville Electric Service. Globally recognized for her leadership and and technical vision, Mill is accountable for all IT strategy and execution across corporate systems including cybersecurity for the 11th largest public utility in the U.S. Awardee Nicole Bulgarino is an EVP for Ameresco, supporting the company’s mission to mitigate climate change and energize a more sustainable world. An industry veteran with 25 years of experience, Bulgarino's numerous accomplishments include overseeing the development and implementation of over $3 billion of sustainable solutions in federal and government energy projects. 

Lastly, we have the CHRO for Ardent Health Services, Carolyn Schneider, who has worked in the investor-owned health system sectors throughout her entire career. This includes spending a decade at Capella Healthcare, which consistently received Best Place to Work designations from Modern Healthcare, Becker's Review, The Oklahoman, and The Tennessean, all while under Schneider's leadership. 

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 50 Women Leaders of Tennessee for 2023.