This is a beautiful and inspired exchange with my dear friend Megan Barry.  We talk the loss of her sweet son Max, and how she has dealt with the massive loss of her only child.  Meg and I have always had, since the day we met through her husband Bruce, a natural chemistry that defies explanation.  I love her like a sister and it’s always a treat when she drops in on us at What Matters Most.

Megan Barry served as the seventh mayor of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County following an historic election in which she became the first woman and first member of the Metro Council to be elected as Mayor.

Barry’s focus as mayor was on improving the educational outcomes at our public schools, engaging regional and state partners to develop a unified vision and plan for transportation, creating more affordable housing options for residents of all backgrounds, and continuing to grow our economy while ensuring all parts of Davidson County share in the prosperity.

Barry put an emphasis on building upon Nashville’s economic growth with a renewed focus on supporting the music industry and the city’s creative and entrepreneurial sectors – while also addressing the challenges that come with growth by creating the first ever transportation and infrastructure department within the Mayor’s Office, and creating the Office of Economic Opportunity and Empowerment focused on helping the most vulnerable Nashvillians to gain access to jobs, affordable housing, and financial empowerment services.

In building her administration, Barry put a sharp focus on ensuring that the Mayor’s Office is reflective of the city it serves. To that end, Barry put together the most diverse team in the history of Metro Nashville and was committed to diversifying Metro Boards and Commissions.

Megan Barry is married to Bruce Barry, a professor of organization studies at Vanderbilt. They share their home with two rescue dogs, Hank and Boris.

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Paul Samuel Dolman, author, podcaster, and speaker, presents What Matters Most (the book!) a series of interview transcriptions from more than twenty inspirational Nashville and Tennessee residents with special guest journalist and author Bill Moyers.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, former Governor Don Sundquist, Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Neal, Grammy Award-winning entertainer Wynonna Judd, and many more share intimate and inspirational aspects of themselves.

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