Black Women bring International Women’s Day to Nashville

Carrie Chapman Catt, Anne Dallas Dudley, Abby Crawford Milton, Juno Frankie Pierce, and Sue Shelton White, the pioneering Suffragists and Women’s Rights leaders represented by Alan LeQuire’s beautiful monument

Alexis Hughes-Williams and Liz Fitzgerald are the coordinators of the main International Women’s Day 2019 celebration in Nashville. They have planned an amazing evening planned for all attendees, and hope that you will be among them Friday, March 8 2019 from 5:00 – 10:30 pm at The Parthenon, Centennial Park, under the watchful eyes of the goddesses Athena and Nike and the amazing Tennessee Women Suffragists and Rights Activists. The International Women’s Day 2019 campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter. Held each year on March 8th, it is a global celebration of the economic, cultural and political achievements of women and calls the world to action in prioritizing and achieving gender parity. The first ever International Women’s Day was held in 1911 across several European countries. Today, it is celebrated everywhere.

Alexis Hughes-Williams

Coordinator Alexis Hughes-Williams is originally from Milwaukee, WI. She has always been involved in helping others, especially women. She started her first ‘organization’ at the age of 10, the 40th Street Boys & Girls Club and that graduated into who she is today. Alexis has served in many organizations such as Black Achievers of Milwaukee, Urban Underground, African American Children’s Theatre and Families United to Prevent Teen Pregnancy to name a few in leadership and mentoring capacities.

Earning her degree from Tennessee State University in Marketing, Alexis has used her many talents and skills to start Something Sweet, LLC a virtual and pop up bakery, and program, Girl, unKnown. Girl, unKnown began by Alexis volunteering her time at Job Corps of Wisconsin to empower, uplift and motivate young girls to adult women to be the best versions of themselves by introducing new books, resources, social and educational workshops and engagements.

That project blossomed into Girl, unKnown Inc. and has a created a community of women that connect and engage with each other to educate, inspire growth and learn to be tolerant of others across all socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, creeds and orientations. Alexis is a visionary and a forerunner for change in her community, as she continues to be an advocate for women and peace.

Liz Fitzgerald

Liz Fitzgerald’s experience runs a broad gamut, extending from full-time and freelance work with international public relations and advertising firms, as Editor-In-Chief and business manager for an international, Spanish language magazine serving the U.S. Hispanic, Central, and South American markets, extensive service with community-based not-for-profits, and as instructor and course creator for empowerment, self-defense, and martial arts programs.

She has published countless articles, under her own name, pseudonyms, and as a ghostwriter for clients, advised on design, and participated in the development of winning marketing strategies for industries as varied as technology, health, entertainment, beauty, lifestyle, automotive, travel and leisure, real estate, self-defense, and retail. However, refusing to be pigeonholed or to be limited by terms, and, she actively seeks out new and challenging opportunities to add different colored feathers to her knowledge cap.

Currently, she splits her time between her freelance writing career, her work on the Boards of ESD Global and Girl unKnown, Inc., and the creation, maintenance, implementation and instruction of the ASSERT Empowerment Self-Defense program, which she created and designed to teach Women, Men, and Children techniques to improve communication, interpersonal relationships, increase confidence, and defend themselves. She also owns and runs KSA Martial Academy, in Nashville, TN.

Meet their Team, the amazing people working to make it all happen: IWDNash Evening Program, Chinese Art Alliance of Nashville, Danza Azteca Coatlicue, Marrika Rodgers, Nancy Youssef, Room 316 Jazz Ensemble, Stevie Rae Stephens, Thuy Rocco, Tisha Wilson, and Upasana Theater Arts.


Marrika Rodgers

Marrika Rodgers is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native and a mother of one (beautiful daughter). She has been serving the community for over 18yrs though various capacities, a true pioneer and innovator of her generation. As a mental health clinician/business consultant, she is known for empowering others by providing effective tools with tangible results. She lives a life dedicated towards serving others. Marrika’s purpose in life is to help the members of the community to live productive lives. She believes it’s a part of her responsibility to assist in equipping others with the appropriate tools to overcome obstacles.


Marrika is a serial entrepreneur who focuses on the development and overall wellness of men, women and youth. She recently launched Living Well w/Marrika which is an enterprise that encompasses several branches of holistic services. As a lifelong learner, Marrika holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration & General Management, Masters of Science – Professional Counseling and currently in pursuit of her Doctorate in Business Psychology. On this journey called life, she will continue to Create, Innovate and Pioneer, by creating new opportunities, developing new innovative ideas and pioneering the way for others.

Tisha Wilson

Tisha Wilson is a diamond in the rough. For starters, she’s a born-and-raised Nashvillian, which some may say is a dying breed. More importantly, she contains an internal drive and unmatched passion that’s rarely seen. She was first introduced via Nashville Public Radio’s “Neighbors” podcast, when host Jakob Lewis peeled back Tisha’s many layers and uncovered a history most of us can’t imagine — how she became a high school dropout and a teen mom, how she endured homelessness with three young mouths to feed. Today, though, as Tisha wraps up her final classes to earn her Ph.D., she has redirected the pain of her past and instead uses it to fuel a much different present and future for herself, her family and those she works with every single day. Maintaining three jobs for over 6 years she has achieved her associates, bachelors and Masters from University of Phoenix. Slated to graduate with her PhD in 2019 she has also become a leader within the workout community. Presently Tisha maintains a balance of rigorous workouts that includes the body, mind and soul while impacting lives throughout the city of Nashville.