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Tennessee Trailblazers That Are Unstoppable Women

Female founders in our state are thriving like never before; here’s why

In honor of Women’s History Month, we checked in with the voices paving the way for equality in entrepreneurship in Tennessee, including some of our brightest female founders, for tips on how to pitch smarter, let go of career regrets, tap the resources you need to grow and more. Read on for their inspiring stories.

We want to hear from you! Share your own stories of how you win the boardroom and the balance sheet every single day, using #FemaleFoundersTN on Twitter.

Meet The Tennessee Trailblazers

Ashlee Ammons, COO, and Kerry Schrader, CEO, are a mother-daughter team in Nashville that cofounded Mixtroz, a networking app for professional events that facilitates meaningful connections.

Stephanie Cummings is CEO and Cofounder of Please Assist Me in Nashville, a tech-based personal assistant service that allows busy professionals to come home to groceries in the fridge, a tidy-home, and their to-do list completed.

Kayla Graff is the CEO and Cofounder of SweetBio, a wound care company in Memphis that leverages honey to help complex wounds heal right the first time. She’s also a new mom and closed a fundraising round when her son was two weeks old.

Jessica Harthcock

Jessica Harthcock is the CEO and Founder of Utilize Health in Nashville. Inspired by her personal experience with paralysis, her company offers health plans a solution to coordinate complex care that empowers patients to be active participants in their recovery.

Courtney Jones, mom of two and CEO of MomSource Network in Knoxville, founded her company to capitalize on an unmet need in the talent market: moms returning to work. MomSource Network connects top-quality candidates with flexible employment.

Sinead Miller, a biomedical engineer, is the CEO and Cofounder of PATH EX, Inc. in Nashville. Her company has a technology that aids in the rapid diagnosis and treatment of sepsis.

Kristina Montague

Kristina Montague, Managing Partner and Cofounder of JumpFund in Chattanooga, is revolutionizing access to capital for women in Tennessee. The JumpFund is the Southeast’s first fund to invest women’s capital exclusively in female-led companies.

Tori Samples is the CTO and Cofounder of Leaf Global Fintech in Nashville, which is a for-profit, socially-minded business that offers secure asset storage and transport services to refugees. She’s an MBA candidate at Vanderbilt and has a background in data architecture. Tori and her husband have called Nashville home for ten years.

Van Tucker

Van Tucker, CEO of Nashville Fashion Alliance, is a seasoned entrepreneur and has an MBA from Vanderbilt. She co-founded and was Chief Creative Officer of Avenue Bank. In her free time, you can usually find Van practicing her Master Gardening skills on her farm.

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