August 22, 2019

“Nashville Lifestyles” Women in Business issue honors Traci Nordberg, Julie Carell Stadler

Nashville Lifestyles has honored 12 trailblazing women who are creating lasting legacies in each of their fields, including hospitality, health care, money management, retail management and everything in between.

by Kathy Whitney

Nashville Lifestyles has honored 12 trailblazing women who are creating lasting legacies in each of their fields, including hospitality, health care, money management, retail management and everything in between.

Traci Nordberg
(photo by Lindsey Grace Whiddon)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Chief Human Resources Officer, Traci Nordberg, is among the 2019 Women in Business recognized for her leadership. Nordberg came to Vanderbilt in October 2010 and oversees HR for one of the largest employers in Tennessee.

“With over 20,000 employees, it is hard for individuals to have a voice about their workplace. Being in the position to raise their perspectives as we set strategy and manage the day-to-day operations of a large workforce is extremely gratifying,” she said.

Nordberg, a graduate of Ball State University and Suffolk University School of Law, directed human resources for 20,000 employees at Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners Healthcare System in Boston, where she worked from 1996 to 2005. She then served as vice president and chief human resource officer at Dartmouth before coming to Vanderbilt. She is the president of the Medical Center Employee Relations Association, a peer group of U.S. health systems.

Julie Carell Stadler
(photo by Lindsey Grace Whiddon)

Julie Carell Stadler, a longtime supporter of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, is also named one of Nashville Lifestyle’s 2019 Women in Business. Stadler, along with her sisters Kathryn Carell Brown and Edie Carell Johnson, launched the Children’s Hospital’s Growing to New Heights Campaign in 2014, a $40 million philanthropic effort. The cornerstone of the campaign was a $10 million gift from the sisters and their families. They are the daughters of the building’s namesake, Monroe Carell Jr., and Ann Scott Carell.

Stadler gives credit to her father for instilling business acumen in her at the age of 16.

“My dad started taking me along on his business meetings, making me take notes, and discussing them with me afterward,” she explained.

Stadler founded Dance Network, the first-ever digital network showcasing all dance styles, and purchased Skyway Studios, a 125,000-square-foot television production facility in Nashville. She credits being raised in Nashville as an advantage for the growth and success of both of her companies.