Congratulations to our 2018 Harpeth Hall/Ward-Belmont Distinguished Alumna Award Recipient – Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle '75
The Distinguished Alumna Selection Committee has chosen Tennessee state court chancery judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle '75 as this year's Distinguished Alumna for her outstanding judicial career which spans a broad spectrum of business cases with decisions impacting the state of Tennessee and beyond.
This award honors trailblazers who are nationally recognized for professional excellence and leadership and who serve as an example for other women in highly competitive fields. Chancellor Lyle is more than qualified for this honor - serving as a partner in a well-respected Nashville law firm and as a state court chancery judge in Davidson County for over 20 years where less than thirty percent of trial court judges across the state of Tennessee are women. Chancellor Lyle has also served as a Board member of the Lawyers Association for Women (LAW) and the Nashville Bar Association. Throughout her career, Ellen has contributed to the economic growth in Nashville and the state of Tennessee as well as the preservation of the arts, education, and parks.
Ellen believes Harpeth Hall afforded her with an incredible foundation, innate tools, and the opportunity to lead confidently – she knows she can always do the right thing and do it well. Ellen states, "Deciding a case is a challenging responsibility. Lessening the challenge is the behind-the-scenes work I do to decide a case. Embedded in my decisions are that, in the quiet of my office at the courthouse or at my dining room table in the early morning at home, I read and study the content of the pertinent provisions of the contract or statute, look to other provisions/parts and compare, study the definitions and attachments, review the grammar, word placement, Latin roots of words, and formatting – all to formulate the answer and solution. This process of objective, deliberate critical analysis was taught to me at Harpeth Hall. The cornerstone of how I perform my work and duty as a trial judge is this quiet, analytical study. For this ability and foundation, I am so grateful to Harpeth Hall."
Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle is the personification of professional excellence and possesses the highest leadership qualities. She is an example for all women, and it is our privilege to recognize her as Harpeth Hall's 2018 Distinguished Alumna.
Ellen will be featured in our upcoming Hallways magazine which is due in homes at the end of April. Ellen will speak at an all school assembly at Harpeth Hall on April 30th.