Executive Management Assistant | Nashville, Tenn.
If you know Dana Frazier, you know she means what she says—and when she says she goes to work every day determined to give “her all” as an executive management assistant in TVA’s Industrial Marketing & Services group, you can believe it.
“It may sound cheesy, but I strive to give 110 percent daily” says Frazier. “I push myself to do more than what’s expected.”
“I have four beautiful grandbabies. I can’t imagine life without them. They are our future, and anything that I can do to ensure that they will have the best, the brightest future possible is what I’m passionate about.”
Frazier is quick to credit her manager, Gary Harris, for challenging her to grow. “He sees potential that I don’t always see in myself. Then he draws out that potential by motivating me to envision where I see myself in the future and encouraging me to strive toward that goal.”
Outside of her basic administrative duties, Frazier has facilitated company-wide TVA trainings, and has served as the Middle Tennessee representative for an employee resource group aimed at improving the workplace environment for women at TVA. She’s also involved in helping her team plan meetings and regional and annual events for TVA’s large federal and industrial customers.
Each of these challenges has been an opportunity to grow, says Frazier. “Gary encourages everyone on his team to step outside of their comfort zone, and I’m grateful for that.”
Making Momma Proud
Frazier also gives credit for what she’s accomplished to her mother.
“My mother was a single parent. She worked her way up to plant supervisor and showed us, by example, that hard work truly pays off. She was determined to instill in us the same morals and values that have sustained her through life.”
For Frazier, that parenting approach worked. “After high school, my goal was to work as a cosmetologist, but it didn’t take long to realize that I wanted to do more,” she says. “I was good with numbers and loved to organize and plan, so I enrolled in our local community college’s office systems technology program.
“During that time, I was a single parent raising two sons. Money was tight, but I was determined to finish school. I worked several jobs, volunteered after class to assist other students for extra credit and was fortunate to be awarded two second-year scholarships.”
Long story short, Frazier graduated with highest honors and landed an entry-level job in a bank. Within two years, she was providing administrative support to one of the bank’s executive vice presidents.
A Fifth-Grade Dream Fulfilled
But Frazier’s dream was to work for TVA.
“I was always fascinated with history,” she says. “I remember learning about TVA in the fifth grade. I was so impressed by how TVA made life better for the citizens of the Tennessee Valley. From then on, when someone would mention TVA, I’d say, ‘That’s where I want to work!’”
Years later, when she ran across a TVA job opening posted on an administrative professionals’ website, she knew she had to apply. She received an interview and then a job offer. “I was excited, but nervous as well,” she recalls. “I was happy working at the bank, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work for TVA. Looking back, applying for the job with TVA was the best decision I ever made.”
As always, she means what she says: “I’m so honored to be part of the Industrial Marketing & Services team. Our industrial and federal customers make a huge impact on the Valley’s economy, and the team I support helps build and retain that customer base. I contribute by staying focused, keeping a positive attitude, and being the best team player I can be. You’ll never hear me say, ‘That’s not my job.’ We are one team, one company, one family.
“Every time I turn on my computer, flip a light switch, charge my cell phone, or run the washing machine, it makes me proud to know that TVA makes all these things possible. I’m thrilled to be part of something so meaningful.”
Grandbabies, Church and “Thrifting”
Outside of work, Frazier’s life revolves around her husband, Cedric, their four grandchildren and church. She and her husband have degrees in Christian education and are ordained ministers.
Frazier also has an unusual hobby. She’s a thrifter. “I love thrift shopping. I enjoy the challenge of finding unique, one-of-kind items then pairing them to create great outfits. I also love teaching ladies the fun of thrifting and helping them look their best at a fraction of the cost. My reward is seeing the smile on their faces when they look in the mirror and knowing I played a small part in contributing to that smile.”
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