100 Wise Women series goes virtual – TICKETS on sale for October 29th event featuring Erica Lee Williams

Announcing the 100 Wise Women Speakers for 2020

Leadership Louisville Center to present 100 Wise Women events – Next virtual event is Oct. 29th

Together with presenting sponsor Chase, the Leadership Louisville Center and Today’s Woman magazine host 100 Wise Women events to bring successful women leaders – Wise Women – together with emerging women leaders to share perspectives on themes presented by distinguished keynote speakers.

The 2020 event series will continue to deliver inspirational leadership stories and facilitate connections to grow the circle of professional relationships for women participants but will be hosted in a virtual environment where needed.

The event on Oct. 29th features Judge Erica Lee Williams who has served as a presiding judge in Jefferson District Court since 2009. She is known for being no-nonsense and decisive. Elected to serve in this role, her words spoken and decisions made from the bench can alter the course of a teenager’s path, help a family in distress and, when necessary, remove a menace from the streets of our society.

She has been recognized in Louisville Magazine as one of the 50 most powerful people in Louisville, and one of the 40 most influential women in the community by Business First, and is a graduate of the Leadership Louisville Class of 2014. Erica serves on the Board of Directors for the Governor’s Scholars Program, Fund for the Arts, and the Louisville Bar Association.

100 Wise Women attendees will hear Wiliams’ career journey and make connections through breakout sessions facilitated by ‘wise women’ hosts.

Registration is now open for the Oct. 29th event at www.leadershiplouisville.org/our-events/100-wise-women/. This event will be held from 8-9:45 a.m. and will be hosted in a virtual format. The cost is $35. For more information, contact the Leadership Louisville Center at (502) 561-0458 or email info@leadershiplouisville.org.

100 Wise Women is held in partnership with the Leadership Louisville Center and Today’s Woman magazine.  The Presenting sponsor is Chase. Gold Sponsors are Delta Dental of Kentucky and Thorntons, Silver sponsors are EY and Farm Credit Mid-America. Bronze sponsors are Highnote, Humana, MCM CPAs and Advisors, and Texas Roadhouse.

About 100 Wise Women

Designed to increase the base of Louisville’s qualified, connected women leaders, over 1,200 women attended the events in 2019, representing over 400 companies from industries including major employers, small businesses, professional service firms, universities, government agencies and nonprofit organizations of all kinds. Every event has sold to capacity since the series started in 2007. 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, 170 women have received scholarships totaling more than $153,000.

The 2020 event series will feature keynote speakers:

  • June 24 – Ingrid Hernandez, President, INgrid Design
  • July 30 – Olivia Kirtley, Corporate Director and Consultant
  • September 10 – Mason Rummel, CEO, James Graham Brown Foundation
  • October 29 – Erica Lee Williams, Jefferson District Court Judge



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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For more information, contact:
Holly Prather, Vice President
Cell: (502) 609-9227


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