Regal Entertainment Group CEO Amy Miles remains the only female chief executive of a Tennessee-based public company, according to an annual report by Lipscomb University and Nashville CABLE, a diverse network of professionals.
The report “shows little progress toward gender diversity” in corporate boardrooms across the state in recent years. Since 2007 when the university researched the issue women have held between 7.9 and 8.3 percent percent of the board positions for Tennessee public companies, the report says.
The “Women in Corporate Leadership” study found that while 47 percent of the Tennessee work force was female in fiscal 2010, women held only 8 percent of the 566 public company board seats. Of the 17 new independent board directors appointed in Tennessee during fiscal 2010, only three were women.
Shipping giant FedEx Corp. is going small. Starting next week the Memphis-based company will hold a series of Tweet Chats on small business issues.
On three consecutive Thursdays, the Boost Your Small Business Tweet Chat series will feature small business experts discussing topics such as: how to recession proof your business, making advertising pay off and branding on a shoestring budget.
The first Tweet Chat is Thursday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. (Eastern time). Melinda Emerson, author of “Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months; A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business that Works., will provide advice on how to recession proof your small business.
To attend the chat on Twitter follow the #fedexsmallbiz hastag.
Recovery from the Great Recession has been slow, but holiday shopping could give the economy a good boost. FedEx Corp. said on Thursday it expects to have the busiest day in its history next month during the middle of the holiday season.
The Memphis-based package delivery company anticipates it will move almost 16 million shipments worldwide on Dec. 13. That would be 11 percent more than last year’s busiest day when it moved 14.2 million shipments, the company said.