Mentorship Program Overview
Many of the core skills, attitudes, behaviors and ethics of leadership are best learnt by modelling rather than in a formal classroom. The NTC Veteran’s Mentorship Program allows Veterans to model good leadership and offer practical guidance to their future leaders. Mentoring fosters not only professional growth but also personal growth, and can develop confidence in handling new situations, improve understanding of different approaches to a situation and enhance self-esteem for both mentors and mentees.
Through small group mentorship, this program seeks to provide Veterans with an opportunity for valuable peer-to-peer learning, professional development, and meaningful connections within the Middle Tennessee tech community. Participation is limited to Veterans working in, or interested in working in, the tech industry.
Mentoring is exceptional for its capacity to encourage excellence both in mentees and in those who mentor. While it is expected that mentees will acquire insight and wisdom through working with a good mentor, experience demonstrates that mentors also gain from the interaction. Mentors frequently explain that their role prompted them to review and reassess their assumptions and clarify their thoughts as they explain things to their mentee(s).
By establishing an appropriate selection process for both mentors and mentees and providing the right framework to support this process, we can ensure that participation in NTC Veteran Mentorship program is sought after by our Veterans, rather than perceived as a chore or a burden. We don’t take chances with this part of the program set-up as it is one of the critical requirements for its success. If you would like to participate in the Mentorship Program, please fill out the form below.
Meet Our Mentors
Andy Flatt – CIO, NHC Healthcare
B. Anderson Flatt (Andy) has over 32 years of experience with healthcare companies in the Public and Private sector. He has more than 17 years of C-level experience, including roles at Corizon Health, Cigna-HealthSpring and AIM HealthCare (now a division of Optum). Mr. Flatt has led teams that have received national and global recognition for Electronic Health Record, Large Scale Transaction Processing and VoIP telephony / Call Center.
Mr. Flatt serves on the boards of Ascend Federal Credit Union and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. He previously served as Chair for the Nashville Technology Council (NTC) and Lipscomb University’s College of Computing and Technology Advisory and College of Business Alumni Boards.
Mr. Flatt is the recipient of the NTC CIO and Volunteer of the Year (2011), Nashville Business Journal Technology Power Leader (2011 and 2012), Healthcare Hero (2014) and CIO Award (2015). He holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Lipscomb University.
Sean Tuley – CIO, LifePoint Health
Sean Tuley is a healthcare information technology executive with over 19 years industry experience, preceded by 9 years as an officer in the United States Army. Sean has served in executive positions for over 15 years and is currently the CIO at LifePoint Health, a publicly traded, $6.5B company serving communities across the country.
In addition to his role as CIO, Sean is engaged in a formal advisory capacity with the following organizations: Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund, Federation of American Hospitals, ClearData, Medicity, Microsoft and Agrin Health. Sean is also active in several Middle Tennessee charities and sits on the Nashville March of Dimes March for Babies executive committee.
Sean earned his MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and received his undergraduate degree from The Citadel. Following his undergraduate program, he was commissioned in the Army and served in several command and staff positions. Sean is a graduate of the Army’s Engineer Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Ranger, Airborne and Air Assault schools.
Sean is an avid traveler and enjoys challenging himself outside of the office, having completed an Ironman distance triathlon and summited two of the world’s seven continental highest points – Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Elbrus.
Andrew Baxter – Director Service Assurance, HCA
Andy Baxter is an experienced leader with over 5 years of experience in Healthcare Information Technology. Currently, he works at HCA where he serves as the Director of Endpoint Services. In this role, he is responsible for the enterprise standards and certification of workstations/laptops/peripherals, enterprise mobile device management, corporate desktop services, corporate meeting room audio visual, and document management services. He has also held roles as the Director of Performance Management, Manager of Clinical Imaging Systems, and Clinical Imaging Consultant.
Prior to HCA, Andy worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, a large strategic consulting firm, where he was a Program Manager for the United States Navy’s International Training Center. At NITC, he was responsible for developing and sustaining multiple programs designed to educate multinational military and civilian personnel in a wide range of technical and leadership courses. Additionally, he worked at Nicol Investment Company where he served as the Director of Technology and Corporate Pilot.
Lastly, Andy served in the United States Navy for over 20 years on both Active Duty and Reserves in a variety of roles ranging from Aviation to Counter Improvised Explosive Device Warfare. He last served in a part-time reservist role as the Commanding Officer of a squadron augment unit in Pensacola.
He earned a BS in Computer Science from the US Naval Academy and his MBA from Auburn University. He has been married for 17 years and has 3 children.
Additional Mentors Will Be Added Soon!