L’Evate was formed in 1997 by community partners who had a vision to mentor the next generation of leaders connected to the community. In 2019, the organization, which was formally known as Leadership Donelson-Hermitage, rebranded to L’Evate. The organization boasts more than 500 graduates–all individuals who work or live in the community and are dedicated to supporting the mission on L’Evate.

Mission Statement

The mission of L’Evate is to enhance leadership abilities, foster opportunities and improve the quality of life in the community.

First Board of Directors

  • Jeanne Williamson
  • Betty Cannon
  • Bryan Dearing, CEO of Summit Medical Center
  • Tim Campbell, WD Shock Company
  • Phil Ponder, Metro Councilman
  • Pat Mayo, Millenium Communications
  • Linda Miller, Regions Bank
  • Bill LaFollette, Sycamores Terrace Retirement
  • Gene Ward, NES
  • Joe Hobbs, JEH Construction
  • Janet Flanagan, Coldwell Banker Barnes Real Estate
  • Leighton Bush, Bush Insurance Company
  • John Stone, Sr., Bordeaux Hospital
  • Gloria Coles, retired from Summit Medical Center
  • Gene Chambers, retired from DuPont
  • Rudy Caduff, Opryland Hotel, and President of the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber