It was a true celebration when Agenia Clark was honored by Easterseals Tennessee as its Nashvillian of the Year. President and CEO of Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee since 2004, her career spans broadcasting, technology and education, and she’s provided leadership, insight and advice in almost every industry from finance to major league sports. Along the way, she’s made numerous friends, and they came from all over for the big night.
Guests mingled over cocktails while Agenia posed for photos with nearly everyone, right up until time to be seated for the three-course meal. News 2’s Neil Orne served as emcee of the program that began with a song written by Easterseals member Brittney Luna and presentation of the Buddy Killen Memorial Volunteer Service Award to attorneys Ryan Hoffman and Nikki Wethington.
Without a doubt, the highlight was the video tribute filled with accolades for Agenia. Deborah Roberts and Al Roker called her the “Energizer Bunny,” and Brenda Corbin summed it up with “She’s perfect!” Sallie Bailey, Waverly Crenshaw, Lee Ann Ingram, and May and Kevin Lavender also lavished compliments on the honoree. Family members who added their loving words included husband Charles, children Alex and Haley, her mother and her aunt. The program closed with the presentation of a medallion and a large acrylic sculpture with Phil Ponder’s most recent rendition of the Nashville skyline etched on it.
A Girl Scout growing up, Agenia learned the qualities of good leadership that helped make her who she is today. Nashville is certainly fortunate that, as the leader of the organization, she works to instill these traits in 10,000 girls and 5,000 adult volunteers in 39 Middle Tennessee counties, and, better yet, she shares her wisdom and vision with so many others. That is more than enough to name her Nashvillian of the Year.