Business Briefs: Holly Ashley to leave top job at Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute

Business Briefs: Holly Ashley to leave top job at Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute

November 15th, 2017 by Staff and Wire Reports in Business Around the Region

Holly Ashley

Holly Ashley

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Holly Ashley to leave top job at Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute

Holly Ashley, the executive director for the Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute, will leave CWLI at the end of the month "to pursue interests around advocacy and women's issues."

Ashley said CWLI membership has grown 150 percent since 2014 to more than 670 members representing female leaders across fields such as engineering, government, law enforcement, finance and hospitality.

"Holly was with us for just over a year but together with Program Manager Marlena Palmer and a tremendous volunteer base laid an important foundation to sustain future growth," CWLI Chair Stefanie Crowe said in a statement Tuesday. "We are proud to have been part of her leadership evolution and remain excited about her future contributions around issues that especially impact women."

CWLI, which was started in 1996 to promote more women in business and government leadership and help female managers, relocated this year to The Edney Building in the heart of Chattanooga's innovation district.

"Promoting gender diversity in leadership only makes our community stronger," Ashley said.


National retail mattress chain sues Colliers

A national retail mattress chain has sued an Atlanta-based commercial real estate broker for an alleged scheme of fraud and kickbacks.

Mattress Firm, a 3,500-store chain, charged Colliers International's Atlanta office, a senior vice president and two former executives in the office, with inflating rents paid by the company stores, as well as "bribes, high-priced gifts and kickbacks from developers," according to Bisnow, an Internet web site devoted to news about commercial real estate.

More than 800 stores were allegedly involved, according to Bisnow, which reported that the executives included in the suit are Bruce Levy and Ryan Vinson.


Trump seeks a 2-year delay in pesticide rule

President Donald Trump's administration is seeking a two-year delay of an upcoming deadline to determine whether a family of widely used pesticides is harmful to endangered species.

The request filed with a federal judge comes after Dow Chemical and two other pesticide makers asked the government to set aside research by federal scientists that shows the pesticides are harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.

Dow contends the studies are flawed.