Mar. 19 100 Wise Women event features Ford executive – Sold Out

This event is sold out.

Time: 8-10 a.m.
The Olmsted, on the campus of the Masonic Homes of Kentucky, 3701 Frankfort Avenue Louisville, KY 40206

100 Wise Women Logo - 2013Louisville, Kentucky (January 30, 2013) – Together with presenting sponsor Ernst & Young, the Leadership Louisville Center and Today’s Woman magazine are announcing the keynote speakers for the 2013 100 Wise Women series.  The 100 Wise Women series brings successful women leaders – Wise Women – together with emerging women leaders to share perspectives on themes presented by distinguished keynote speakers.  Designed to increase the base of Louisville’s qualified, connected women leaders, over 700 women attended the forums in 2012 and every event has sold out since the series started in 2007.

“As a champion of women leaders, Ernst & Young is delighted to again serve as presenting sponsor of the 100 Wise Women series in 2013,” said Kelley Bright, assistant director of business development for Ernst & Young, LLP.  “We strongly believe in the continuous improvement of our community and gladly support this series as a way of empowering Louisville’s professional women.”

The keynote speakers for 2013 are:

Tuesday, March 19, 8-10 a.m. – Mary Lou Quesnell, Marketing Director, Ford Customer Service Division, Ford Motor Company

Mary Lou Quesnell has been with Ford Motor Company for more than 27 years leading marketing, sales and branding efforts for the global company. Named one of the 100 Leading Women in the North American auto industry by Automotive News, Mary Lou has a great passion for developing and mentoring future leaders to keep Ford strong. Join us as Mary Lou shares lessons learned working in a male-dominated industry, the value of informal networks and finding the courage to stand up for a healthy work/life balance for herself and her team.

This event is sold out.

Wednesday, June 12 – Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt
, Director, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness

Wednesday, July 31 – Lynnie Meyer and Charlotte Ipsan, both of Norton Healthcare.  Lynnie is System Vice President, Women’s and Children’s Community Partnerships and Chief Development Officer and Charlotte is President, Norton Women’s Hospital/Kosair Children’s Hospital – St. Matthews.

Wednesday, October 2 – Jean West, Anchor, WAVE 3-TV

Registration is now open for the first forum in the series, featuring Mary Lou Quesnell, who has been with Ford Motor Company for more than 27 years leading marketing, sales and branding efforts for the global company.  Joining us from Troy, Michigan, Mary Lou brings high energy and a fascinating career story with one of Louisville’s major employers.   The event will be held on Tuesday, March 19 from 8-10 a.m. at The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Avenue.  These events sell out quickly, so visit to sign up to be alerted when registration opens.  The cost is $30. For more information, contact the Leadership Louisville Center at (502) 561-0458 or email

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, 75 women have received scholarships totaling more than $80,000.

About 100 Wise Women

100 Wise Women provides an opportunity like no other for professional networking and is ideal for developing a network of mentors, colleagues and friends – essential to helping women lead in their careers and in the community. The conversations related to career success and professional and personal goals between distinguished women leaders and emerging career women allow the women to foster comfortable mentoring relationships.

100 Wise Women is held in partnership with the Leadership Louisville Center and Today’s Woman magazine.  The Presenting sponsor is Ernst & Young.  The Gold sponsor is Ford Motor Company.  Silver sponsors are Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Hosparus.  Bronze sponsors are Allegra Marketing Services, BB&T, Delta Dental, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC and UPS.

About the Leadership Louisville Center

Created in 1979, the Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement.  Its mission is to grow and connect a diverse network of leaders who serve as catalysts for a world-class community through dynamic programming and strong community connections. Over 6,000 community leaders have graduated from the Center’s programs that include Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville and Bingham Fellows.  In 2011, the Leadership Louisville Center was recognized as one of the top seven community leadership programs in the U.S. in a benchmark study by the Center for Creative Leadership, the “gold standard” global provider of executive leadership education and research.

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For more information, contact:
Holly Prather
Vice President – Marketing
Main: (502) 561-0458   Direct: (502) 753-6503