Cumberland University


'Hats Off to Women' Set for Sept. 14

Cumberland University's Women's Council for Leadership and Philanthropy (WCLP) will welcome Nashville attorney Barbara J. Moss to CU's Baird Chapel for the Second Annual "Hats Off to Women" reception on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m.

Vickie Rickard, who serves as the WCLP liaison for the University, said the upcoming event will serve as a celebration of "the incredible impact women have on today's society."

"The Women's Council was formed with the intent of providing mentors for Cumberland's female students and to build a network of women who are leaders within the regional business community," Rickard said. "Last year's inaugural 'Hats Off' event was a great success, and we look forward to its return to our campus."

Barbara J. Moss, counsel with Nashville-based Stites & Harbison, will serve as the keynote speaker for the afternoon reception. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2008, Moss has repeatedly been selected by her peers as one of the 100 best lawyers in Nashville in the Nashville Business Journal's annual "Best of the Bar" edition.

In addition to her professional accolades, Moss has also been recognized for her involvement in the community. She received the 2007 ATHENA Award from a consortium of 27 women's groups in Nashville for her exemplary commitment to leadership and is active in the Magdalene Program, an organization that works with women who have a criminal history of prostitution and drug addiction. Moss also pens a bi-weekly column for The Tennessean on topics of interest to business owners.

"We're very fortunate to have Barbara Moss as this year's keynote speaker," Rickard continued. "In addition to her professional achievements and community involvement, she was the first woman to chair the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, helping oversee ethics and disciplinary matters for attorneys across the state. She is truly a shining example for the female students who seek mentorship through the Women's Council."

There is no cost to attend the event, which will also feature a coffee/tea bar and a dessert table; however, limited seating is available. To RSVP, please contact Rickard at 615.547.1247 or via e-mail at

Reservations may also be made online by clicking here.