The below profile on Aileen ran in the May 2012 issue of the Nashville Post.
Aileen Katcher ranks among Nashville’s most successful and admired business leaders.
However, the long-time local communications pro struggles to pinpoint a defining moment in her career evolution.
“I can’t say there was an ‘a-ha moment,’” she responded when asked at what point she realized she was prepared to oversee employees, budgets, company decision-making and the like.
But Katcher, a partner with Katcher Vaughn & Bailey Public Relations, does recall a situation that helped define the person she is today.
“Some years back, I did have a real leadership test in a non-profit leadership role for my congregation,” she remembered. “During my year as chair-elect, our beloved, founding rabbi announced he was leaving to teach. The next two years of searching for a replacement — serving as board chair and a consistent face of leadership to our members during the year of an interim rabbi — taught me many great leadership lessons.”
One of those lessons learned involved the importance of declining, even though tempted otherwise, to “triangulate.”
“If a congregant called me to complain about the rabbi, I redirected [the congregant] straight to him,” she said. “If necessary, I offered to go with them to discuss the issue. But not to do it for them.”
Katcher tries to do likewise at KVB.
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*Photo by the Nashville Post.