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Judge Bell enjoys public speaking and welcomes each invitation that is made. She believes it is important to share your life story, successes and failures while encouraging all to Control the ControllableTM.

  • November 7, 2013. Guest Speaker. International Barber & Style College. Importance of Professional Image and how appearance can influence perception and enhance success.
  • October 20, 2013. Guest Speaker. Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., Area IV: “Top Teens” Induction Ceremony. Offering words of encouragement to the inductees. “Top Teens” of America provides opportunities for wholesome development of youth through activities that will enhance educational, social, moral, spiritual, cultural and economic development.
  • October 9, 2013. Tour/Visit/ Keynote Speaker for Healing Journeys Class with Women inmates. Tour of Correctional Development Center’s (CDC) facility and programs available to offenders. Visited with male and female inmates. New Avenues, Healing Journeys, SAVE are rehabilitative programs offered through the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.
  • July 23, 2013. Host/ Keynote Speaker. Girls Using Scientific Tools for Opportunities (GUSTO) Summer Camp/Field Trip to the Courthouse. GUSTO is a cooperative program venture between Fisk University Community Alliance and the Spruce Street CDCCDC. The program allows females in grades 5th through 12th the opportunity to be mentored by female scientists while receiving academic enrichment in Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Students sat in on actual courtroom proceedings followed by a question and answer period.
  • June 14, 2013. Keynote Speaker. CABLE’s Business 2 Business Women’s Networking Group. Topic: “Go Hard, Win or Lose.” Business 2 Business is a networking group whose members consist of people who are in Business to Business sales and are marketing their products and/or services to other businesses. Focus of Presentation: My background, opening my own business, how to approach other business to win their business, how other businesses approached me to sell their services and/or products, what appealed to me & my partner that made us choose a company and what didn’t appeal to us that turned us away. Why I chose to run for Judge, how I ran my campaign and what I did to reach out to businesses like the Tennessean to gain their support. How to successfully separate yourself from the competition.
  • June 6, 2013. Host/ Keynote Speaker. Cathedral of Praise Summer Camp Care Corporation’s Field Trip to the Courthouse. Campers visited Judge Bell’s 3B Courtroom/Criminal Bond Docket. Campers sat in on actual courtroom room criminal proceedings followed by a tour of Judges’ chambers, photos and a question and answer period.
  • June 1, 2013. Guest Speaker. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Lambda Omega Alumnae Chapter’s “Stuff the Truck Donation Drive” at Goodwill Industries. Purpose of Drive: To collect clothing for the needy.
  • May 16, 2013. Keynote Speaker. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Nashville Alumnae Chapter’s Scholarship Recipient Recognition Dinner. Theme: TPAC-Getting Back to the Basics; T-Teaching, P-Protecting, A-Advising & C-Cultivating. Focusing on the accomplishments of the scholarship recipients and providing them with a charge to keep.
  • May 15, 2013. Guest Speaker. Croft Middle Design Center’s Career Day. Topic: Motivating students and providing inspiration. Also providing background on how I achieved my success.
  • April 18, 2013. Principal For A Day and Keynote Speaker. Whitsett Elementary School with Mrs. Roxie Ross, Principal.
  • April 18, 2013. Guest and Keynote Speaker. KID University Child Care Center in Honor of Black History Month. Read several childhood stories to 3-5 year olds, followed by questions & group photos.
  • February 15, 2013. Guest Speaker. East Nashville Middle School Program & East Nashville High School’s Black History Program. Theme: "I am the Dream and the Hope of the Slave".
  • February 10, 2013. Guest Speaker. Vine Street Disciples of Christ Christian Church’s Adult Education Gathering. Part of Vine St's "What is Church" series. Discussion based and focused on Preston Taylor, a prominent African American leader in Nashville, an exploration of his life, and his focus on Disciples of Christ leadership.
  • February 9, 2013. Guest Speaker. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Metropolitan Nashville Alumnae Chapter’s “Jabberwock” Career Explosion at Goodwill Industries. Participants included young ladies ages 13-18. Topics of discussion included: “Legal” presentation, career exploration, background & education followed by a question & answer period.
  • February 7, 2013. Keynote Speaker. Pencil Foundation at Wright Middle School’s Career Exploration Program. Pencil Foundation is an organization that links community resources with Nashville Public Schools to help young people achieve academic success and prepare for life. Topic: career choices, conduct, motivation & words of encouragement to "at risk students" in program.
  • January 12, 2013. Keynote Speaker. YMCA Black Achiever’s Program. The YMCA Black Achievers program is a national college readiness program designed to help African-American and other teens of color set and pursue high educational and career goals. Through academic support, career exploration and mentoring, YMCA Black Achievers programs help youth raise their academic standards, develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options, and meet and interact with professionals of color who serve as role models to inspire them to greater heights. All proceeds raised through ticket sales will benefit the YMCA Black Achievers program, which is funded through corporate sponsorship dollars and fund-raising drives held by the youth in the program.
  • November 3, 2012. Guest Speaker. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Nashville Alumnae Chapter’s “Jabberwock” Meeting. “Jabberwock,” copyrighted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., represents a Cotillion program of elegance and entertainment that showcases the gifts and talents of young women, ages 5-18, while advancing the goals and objectives of the Delta scholarship program. Jabberwock has since evolved into a more diverse program that continues to raise funds for scholarships and other Delta sponsored public service projects. Topics of discussion with the contestants included:

    • • Civic Mindedness in light of the upcoming 2012 Presidential Election.
    • • Registering to vote when the time comes.
    • • Research your candidates & know where they stand on the issues.
    • • Know who your elected Representatives are.
    • • Study the issues.
    • • The different political parties.
    • • Information about yourself and how you have achieved your success.
  • November 3, 2012. Keynote Speaker. Black Girls Run 2 Vote @ Bicentennial Mall. A non-partisan fun run to emphasize the importance of participating in the upcoming Presidential Election as part of its Black Girls RUN! To Vote Initiative. Particularly, in times when elected officials are making decisions that impact women’s healthcare. Black Girls RUN! is encouraging women to take ownership in the political process, similar to the way it encourages women to take ownership over their health.
  • October 28, 2012. Guest. Crime Time Central Legal Talk Radio Show 99.7 with Attorney David Ridings. Offering listeners real topics from the street to the courtroom. Crime Time Central is edgy, provocative, and controversial talk radio, where Justice and Morality collide. It’s the only radio show to tackle theory, philosophy, and the brutal realities of crime and justice in Middle Tennessee. Topics to include: Different things Judges do; What I do; Election; God; Foundation; Personal Life.
  • October 23, 2012. Guest Speaker. Croft Middle Design Center’s Red Ribbon Kick-Off. Speech centered around how making right choices will lead to a good job, positive outcome. Sponsored by the Student Council to promote school unity and encourage students to stand against bullying, drugs and alcohol use.
  • October 21, 2012. Guest Speaker. Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., Area IV: “Top Teens” Induction Ceremony. Offering words of encouragement to the inductees. “Top Teens” of America provides opportunities for wholesome development of youth through activities that will enhance educational, social, moral, spiritual, cultural and economic development.
  • October 14, 2012. Guest Speaker. Lee Chapel AME Church-Annual Lay Day Program Morning Service. Lay Day is a time to observe and celebrate the gifts and contributions of the laity to the local church and the larger Christian community. The focus was on social justice. Currently, the Lay Organization is involved in Voter Registration, Education and Mobilization; fundraising for scholarships; leadership training and development; community outreach; and civic engagement.
  • October 13, 2012. Keynote Speaker. TN Alliance for Black Lawyers (TABL)-law students’ conference at Belmont University. TABL is a delegation of African American attorneys representing all areas of the State of Tennessee. It is a registered affiliate chapter of the National Bar Association, the oldest and largest organization of black lawyers in the world. Purpose of the conference: to educate, equip and empower students who aspire to become lawyers.
  • October 11, 2012. Keynote Speaker. Northwest YMCA “Tex Thomas” Prayer Breakfast. Honoring Brenda Gilmore, a Democratic member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing the 54th District.
  • October 6, 2012. Guest Speaker. SistahSpeak Radio Show WENO A.M. 760. Co-Hosted by Andrea Boyd, Toy Lisa Mitchell and Reisha Moxley. Topics: Voting Rights, Voter ID Laws, the Black Vote. SistahSpeak is an organization that seeks to provide a holistic and transformative approach to restoring the authentic bond of sisterhood among women of all generations and ethnicities by educating, igniting and inspiring with positive and empowering messages that promote and create spiritual and collaborative connections.
  • August 26, 2012. Guest Speaker. Tennessee State University (TSU) Freshman Opening Worship Service. Jeremiah 29:11- For I know the plans I have for you.

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