Angie Adams of PENCIL was announced as a 2023 Most Admired CEO winner by Nashville Business Journal.

To assemble its list of honorees, the Nashville Business Journal accepted nominations from the public. Nominees were grouped into categories based on their company size and type, and then were asked to vote. Those with the highest voting scores were selected as this year’s Most Admired CEOs Awards honorees. We are thrilled that PENCIL’s Angie Adams is among the 2023 honorees. To view the full list of winners, visit

The honor aligns nicely with Angie’s transition out her role as PENCIL’s President & CEO, and away from Nashville. As a proud MNPS parent, Angie has timed her stepping down from PENCIL with her daughter’s graduation from high school in spring 2024. 

“Angie is certainly deserving of this recognition,” says Board Chair Hasina Mohyuddin. “Her dedication, drive, and passion for public education have changed the community’s narrative about Nashville’s public school system for the better. Because of her efforts, PENCIL has an incredibly strong partnerships with MNPS, teachers, and students as well as deep and trusting relationships in the community.”

Since stepping into her position seven years ago, Adams has guided PENCIL to be an essential partner to MNPS while also stabilizing PENCIL financially. Her accomplishments include aligning programs to fit MNPS’s strategic plan, growing distribution of free products to Metro teachers from $350K to $3M annually and creating PENCIL’s first-ever endowment fund. As a result of Adams’ leadership, PENCIL is now top of mind when businesses and organizations want to partner with and be a resource to MNPS.

We cannot wait to honor Angie and celebrate her three-decade career of nonprofit service and leadership in Nashville over the next few months. First at the 2023 Most Admired CEOs event on Dec. 7 at Four Seasons Nashville, and then again on a larger scale at PENCIL’s Cabaret Night fundraiser honoring Angie Adams on Jan. 20, 2024, at the Music City Center. All net proceeds will support the Angie Adams Fund of PENCIL’s Endowment, a beautiful way to honor Angie’s legacy and assure PENCIL’s impact on future generations of Metro Nashville students and educators. Learn more: