NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A group of Middle Tennessee women wants to make Nashville the "It City" for women in business.

On this International Women's Day, they launched the group "AdvancingWomen in Nashville on the Tractor Supply campus in Brentwood.

In an energetic panel discussion, more than 200 attendees heard from Nashville business leaders on topics such as how to attract more female leaders, the challenges of women in corporate boardrooms, and the importance of men in that process.

Following the hour-long discussion, the group broke into round-table talks to brainstorm specific ways to help elevate women in their workplaces.

Panelists included Carnell Elliott, Dell Nashville Site Director; Sharon Roberson, YWCA President & CEO; Yanika “Nikki” Smith-Bartley, VP & Special Counsel Diversity & Inclusion at Asurion; and Dr. Candace Warner, CEO/founder of people3.

News4 anchor Tracy Kornet moderated the panel.

Organizers say you can help CREATE a more gender-balanced world by:

  • Celebrating women's achievement.
  • Raising awareness against bias.
  • And taking action for equality.

Eleven Nashville businesses sponsored the inaugural meeting.

To learn more about advancing women in Nashville, go to

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Tracy Kornet is an award-winning anchor, host and writer. She joined News4 in September 2014.

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