Perri duGard Owens Announced as Member of the 2019 Leadership Connect Cohort

   December 19th, 2018             Blog Client News News

Perri duGard Owens Announced as Member of the 2019 Leadership Connect Cohort

Perri duGard Owens, founder and CEO of duGard Communications, was one of ten small business owners chosen through a competitive process to be members of next year’s Leadership Connect cohort

Perri is an experienced communications, public relations, and marketing professional who has developed strategies and programs for clients of varying sizes and industries. With her proven leadership in developing media relations strategies, launching brands, and creating measurable results, she is a valuable addition to the Leadership Connect cohort.


The program is run through the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and is a unique resource and training program for small business owners in the Nashville area. Members have the opportunity to meet with CEOs and community leaders to develop a deeper understanding of what is needed to move our region forward. 

Why We Are Excited:

duGard Communications is a small business that has served the Nashville area for years. 

We are a community focused company that is at the forefront of change and advancement in Nashville. 

We are passionate about advocating for high quality education and economic parity for small businesses. 

Small businesses are the backbone of Nashville, TN. We hire locally, account for 66% of new jobs, provide a comforting sense of community for our clients, invest in our local communities, and are involved in local politics and religion. For these reasons, among many others, we need to be placed on an equal economic playing field with big businesses. 

Side Note –With the influx of big businesses in Nashville, it is vital for Nashvillians to continue supporting small businesses – when you do so, you invest in your community and help grow your local economy.

Perri’s involvement with the cohort can help…

The cohort will allow Perri to meet successful business leaders from across industries and learn firsthand how others have solved the current issues facing Nashville.  

Perri will also have the opportunity to work alongside some of the best and brightest business owners in Nashville with hopes of collectively reaching workable solutions to Nashville’s biggest problems. 

Mission Trip to Austin, TX:

As a new member of the Leadership Connect cohort, Perri will also attend the Chamber’s Leadership Study Mission trip to Austin, TX in May of 2019. 

The Leadership Study Mission is the Chamber’s community development initiative in which leaders travel to another U.S. city to examine best practices and bring those lessons back to Nashville.  

Perri’s participation in the mission trip will expose her to cutting edge community development successes in Austin, TX – all of which are relevant to the rapid growth and development happening here in Nashville. 

Congratulations Perri!

For a company that is so passionate about the many community issues facing Nashville, having our founder and CEO chosen as a member of next year’s Leadership Connect Cohort is big deal.  We couldn’t be more excited for Perri and the city of Nashville. 

Join us in congratulating Perri on this amazing opportunity!