100 Wise Women events back in-person this fall – September 22 event to feature former interim police chief & nonprofit leader Yvette Gentry

100WW - Yvette GentryTogether 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.

While the virtual format was successful, now that conditions are more suitable for in-person gatherings, the upcoming fall events are both planned to be in-person. The event series features an inspirational leadership story from a keynote speaker and small group discussions facilitated by Wise Women hosts.

The September 22 event will feature keynote speaker Yvette Gentry, the Executive Director of Rajon Rondo Foundation, Project Director for Metro United Way, and former Interim Chief of Police for Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD).

Yvette made history in 2020 as the first woman and the first Black woman to lead the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD), after having held every badge in the department over her 21-year career with LMPD. She stepped into leadership of the troubled agency while it faced extreme scrutiny over the March 13 police shooting of Breonna Taylor. There’s so much more to this “Wise Woman’s” courageous leadership journey that attendees will learn from and apply to their own personal and professional journey.

Registration is now open for the September 22 event at www.leadershiplouisville.org/our-events/100-wise-women/. This event will be held from 8:00-10:00 a.m. at The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Ave., on the campus of Masonic Homes of Kentucky. Tickets are $50, with savings available for nonprofits and members of the Leadership Louisville Center. 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.

The final event in the 2021 series will be on November 10 and feature Kirsten Hawley, SVP, Chief People, Places, and Communications Officer for Brown-Forman Corporation.

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 JPMorgan Chase.

Gold sponsors are Ford Motor Company and Thornton’s;

Silver sponsors are Delta Dental of Kentucky, EY, Farm Credit Mid-America, and Humana;

Bronze sponsors are Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Heaven Hill Brands, HighNote, Jack Henry & Associates, Kroger, MCM CPAs and Advisors, Texas Roadhouse, and UofL Health;

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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