Commissioner Grinder to Keynote RUTHERFORD Cable’s May 9 Breakfast Meeting

Women have been breaking glass ceilings for decades, but the process can prove especially challenging in male-dominated fields. That’s why Tennessee Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder will share her experiences with RUTHERFORD Cable members and guests at the organization’s upcoming breakfast meeting.

During her 35-year career in the military, Commissioner Grinder faced some demanding assignments. In her talk with Rutherford CABLE, she will discuss challenges she confronted in a male dominated field and strategies she used to break the glass ceiling.

Grinder is slated to keynote RUTHERFORD Cable’s monthly breakfast meeting from 7:15-9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9, at Stones River Country Club, located at 1830 N.W. Broad St. in Murfreesboro. RUTHERFORD Cable members and guests are welcome, and the public is invited to attend; the cost for this meeting is $20 for members and $25 for non-members and includes breakfast. Reservations are available online at and must be completed by Noon on Friday, May 5. A limited number of seats will be available for walk-ups on a first-come, first-served basis with an additional $5 late-registration charge.

About Many-Bears Grinder

In January 2011, Governor Bill Haslam appointed Many-Bears Grinder as the Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services. She is the first woman to serve the State of Tennessee in this capacity. In order to accept the appointment, Grinder retired from the Tennessee Army National Guard as a Colonel with more than 35 years of service. The Operation Enduring Freedom combat veteran served in Afghanistan as the Head of Secretariat for the International Police Coordination Board.

Grinder holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Maryville College in 2016 and was inducted into the Fort Benning Hall of Fame in 2004. Her military awards include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.

In November 2013, Governor Bill Haslam formed the Governor’s Veterans Education Task Force and appointed Commissioner Grinder as Chair of the group charged with finding ways to improve recruiting, retaining and supporting student veterans through to graduation. She also serves on the Governor’s Subcabinet for Workforce Development, on the Tennessee State Museum Foundation Board, on the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology Nashville General Advisory Committee, and on the Nashville Serving Veterans Community Board. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Grinder moved to Tennessee in 1989 where she met and married her husband, Ernie Grinder, a Vietnam Veteran.

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