100 Wise Women 2021 Series Announced – Register now for June 23rd event!

100 Wise Women events & keynote speakers announced for 2021 – Event on June 23rd to feature Cathy Zion

Together with presenting sponsor Chase, the Leadership Louisville Center hosts 100 Wise Women events to bring successful women leaders – Wise Women – together with emerging women leaders to make space for strength and leadership to be acknowledged and celebrated. The events make it possible for women to build a network that will grow their confidence, courage, and connections.

The 2021 event series will continue the successful virtual format until conditions are suitable for in-person gatherings. Both virtual and in-person events include an inspirational leadership story from a keynote speaker and small group discussions facilitated by Wise Women hosts.

The second event on June 23 will feature keynote speaker, Cathy Zion, co-founder of the 100 Wise Women event series, and owner of Today’s Woman Media, publisher of Today’s Woman and Today’s Transitions magazines.

Additional speakers for the 2021 series include a nonprofit leader who served as interim chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department; and a c-suite leader of Brown-Forman Corporation.

The 2021 event series will feature keynote speakers:

  • April 7 – Ashley D. Anderson, Co-Owner of Athena Health and Wellness and Executive Director of Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization
  • June 23 – Cathy Zion, Owner & President of Today’s Media and Publisher of Today’s Woman and Today’s Transitions magazines
  • September 22 – Yvette Gentry, Executive Director of Rajon Rondo Foundation, Project Director for Metro United Way, and former Interim Chief of Police for Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD)
  • November 10 – Kirsten Hawley, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Corporate Communications Officer of Brown-Forman Corporation

Registration is now open for the June 23 event at www.leadershiplouisville.org/our-events/100-wise-women/. This event will be held from 9-10:45 a.m. ET and will be hosted in a virtual format. Tickets are $35 and include complimentary breakfast from Heine Brothers Coffee. Proceeds from the event benefit the Joan Riehm Women’s Leadership Fund. For more information, contact the Leadership Louisville Center at (502) 561-0458 or email info@leadershiplouisville.org.

About 100 Wise Women

Designed to increase the base of Louisville’s qualified, connected women leaders, over 1,000 women attended the events in 2020, representing over 275 companies from industries including major employers, small businesses, professional service firms, universities, government agencies and nonprofit organizations of all kinds. Every in-person event has sold to capacity since the series started in 2007 and virtual events received rave reviews. Proceeds from 100 Wise Women go to the Joan Riehm Women’s Leadership Fund, created to allow women to participate in Leadership Louisville Center programs.  Since the scholarship fund was created in 2007, over 170 women have received scholarships totaling more than $154,000.

100 Wise Women is organized by the Leadership Louisville Center.  The Presenting sponsor is Chase.

Today’s Woman Magazine is founding partner of the event series.


The Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement. With a purpose to inspire and equip leaders to be better and do better, it has graduated over 10,000 through its community leadership programs since 1979. The Center is recognized as a national best practice and is known for its dynamic programming and strong community connections. Programming includes five social impact leadership programs (Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Bingham Fellows and Encore Louisville), leadership skills training courses presented through the Leadership Green Room, and events designed to connect leaders and motivate positive change. Learn more at www.leadershiplouisville.org.


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