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ARCHIVE – Global Nashville with Karl Dean – Dr. Sarah Gardial – Dean Massey College of Business

The Tennessee World Affairs Council presents:

Global Nashville with Karl Dean:

Conversation with 

Dr. Sarah Gardial

Dean, Belmont University Massey School of Business

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About the Speaker:

Sarah Fisher Gardial, PhD

Dean, Jack C. Massey College of Business

Sarah Fisher Gardial joined Belmont University in 2020 as the first woman Dean in the Massey College of Business. Prior to Belmont, she was Dean of the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, and she held college and campus leadership positions at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, including Associate Dean of the Haslam College of Business and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. She has had leadership positions in national/international business school associations, including president of the MBA Roundtable, and conference chairs for the Graduate Management Admissions Council and the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business.

Sarah has an extensive background in business and business education. For over 30 years, she has personally engaged with industry in research, consulting, and executive education roles, as well as creating mutually beneficial partnerships between higher education and industry. Her leadership awards include the Prometheus Leadership Medal (University of Tennessee Center for Educational Leadership), Leadership Knoxville, Women of Achievement in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Iowa), the Iowa Women’s Foundation Tribute to Women and the Corridor Business Journal (Iowa) Woman of Influence.

Sarah has served on public and private for-profit and non-profit governing boards (United Fire Group, Learning Tree, GreenState Credit Union, United Way and the Tennessee Justice Center). In addition, she is an active public speaker for corporations, conferences, women’s leadership events, and industry associations. She is an outspoken advocate for women in leadership as well as organizational diversity and inclusion.

Sarah and her retired husband, Jeffrey, recently traded in their motorcycles for a pontoon boat and lake house where they enjoy time with friends, family and especially their two grandchildren.


About the Moderator:

Hon. Karl Dean

Karl Dean served as the sixth Mayor of Nashville and Davidson County.  He was elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011.

Dean first held public office when he was elected as Nashville’s Public Defender in 1990.  He was re-elected in 1994 and 1998.  He served as Metro Law Director from 1999 to January 2007, when he resigned to run for the office of mayor.

Karl Dean has taught at Vanderbilt Law School, Belmont University and Boston University.

THE MISSION of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Tennessee World Affairs Council is to promote international awareness, understanding and connections to enhance the region’s global stature and to prepare Tennesseans to thrive in our increasingly complex and connected world.

THE VISION of  the Tennessee World Affairs Council is a well-informed community that thinks critically about the world and the impact of global events.