RSVP to The Louisa Nelson Awards

Monday, September 23, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Oak Room • Nelson's Green Brier Distillery

We hope you'll be able to join us for our Fourth Annual Louisa Nelson Awards Ceremony & Reception honoring three Nashville-area business women who embody the characteristics of their ancestor: hard working women excelling in their industries and making a positive impact in their community.

To celebrate each award recipient, Nelson's Green Brier Distillery will make a $5,000 donation to a local charity of their choosing.


This Year’s Honorees

Louisa Nelson Awards 2019 Honorees_Ciona Rouse

Ciona Rouse is the author of Vantablack, published by Third Man Books (2017). Her poetry has appeared in The Account, Talking River, Gabby Journal, Matter: a journal of political poetry and commentary and other publications. She is poetry editor of Wordpeace; the curator of several reading series in Nashville, including the monthly Lyrical Brew at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt; and a teacher of poetry workshops at places like Whitsitt Elementary School and Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference. With poet Kendra DeColo, Rouse hosts the Third Man podcast Re/VERB. Last month, her collective work alongside poets Adia Victoria Caroline Randall Williams and Caroline Williams was featured on NPR.

Louisa Nelson Awards 2019 Honorees_Rasheedat Fetuga

Rasheedat Fetuga is a mother, teacher, mentor and activist; a visionary with a revolutionary style of leadership that transforms communities through self-empowerment, creativity, healing and love. She is the founder and CEO of Gideon’s Army, a grassroots children’s movement eliminating the root causes of the prison pipeline. Gideon's Army led the campaign for Restorative Justice in Metro Nashville Public Schools and brought about the juvenile diversion program for Davidson County Juvenile Courts. Rasheedat is a prolific speaker and trainer on youth issues, education, art as activism, social justice, transformative organizing and restorative justice.

Louisa Nelson Awards 2019 Honorees_Dr. W. Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD

Dr. Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD, is the Cornelius Abernathy Craig Professor of Medicine, Director for the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Deputy Director for Integration and Training for the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center. She is a medical oncologist with a clinical and research focus on the biology of renal cell carcinomas and rare tumors of the kidney, and holds a PhD in Biophysics. In her current leadership role at Vanderbilt, she has recruited over 30 new faculty members, and over 40 advanced practice providers. Under her direction, the division is achieving national recognition, with a dramatically increased portfolio of funded research.


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Kelly Sutton


Emmy-winning TV Anchor Kelly Sutton has called Nashville home since 2001. She started as the host of News 4's “Today In Nashville” on WSMV when the show began in September 2016.

Kelly quickly found her niche in covering the Country Music scene when she moved to Nashville. She has interviewed Country Music stars like Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Old Dominion just to name a few!

She has been voted as Toast of Music City's Best Local TV Anchor/Reporter multiple years, as well as being dubbed one of Nashville's 25 Most Beautiful People.

Kelly continues to volunteer with several charities. She works with SafeHaven family shelter, the Best Buddies of Middle Tennessee, St. Jude and Nashville Humane Association. Her hobbies include golf, tennis, running, and ballroom dancing. Kelly currently resides in Nashville with her husband and daughter.

Carole Sullivan


Carole Sullivan Co-Hosts "Today In Nashville", a lifestyle show weekdays on WSMV.

An adventurous home cook and experimental mixologist, Carole loves all things food and highlighting Nashville's diverse restaurant scene. When not at work, you can find her in a carpool line or attempting a workout at the local Y - which really means, she'll be in the coffee area.

Carole's real passion for TV is rooted in news. She anchored the morning news at KGTV in San Diego and WKYC in Cleveland. Her early years were spent as a lead reporter with WPXI in Pittsburgh, WKBW in Buffalo and WAKC in Akron, Ohio.

Carole took a brief break from the full-time news business raising her three young kids, but got the call to be a reoccurring guest on NBC's TODAY Show.

Carole is married to Mike Sullivan, an assistant coach for the Tennessee Titans. She is a graduate of John Carroll University and she jumps through hoops to care for her rescue cat Cody. He mildly likes her.