Monica Hardin anchors the weekday morning news on WLKY. A Louisville native, Monica started her career in radio as host, producer and sound engineer for WLOU. She won Miss Kentucky 2001 and during the year of service that followed, she traveled over 80,000 miles on a motivational speaking tour. Monica has a combined 27 years of experience in communication as a motivational speaker, accomplished singer and professional model. In 2005, she received the Volunteer Service Award personally from President George W. Bush for her work with Creation Prison Music Ministry and Kentucky Harvest. Monica and her husband James have two sweet and sassy little girls. Join us to learn from a woman who is determined to be a positive force in the world.
Monica HardinApril 18
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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, 127 women have received scholarships totaling nearly $122,400 to participate in Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Leadership Louisville, and Bingham Fellows.
Louisville native Karen Williams embodies southern hospitality and has been a leader in the hospitality industry for 32 years. She started her career as sales manager with the Ritz Carlton Hotels in Atlanta, and went on to help open 18 hotels worldwide under the Ritz-Carlton flag. Returning to her roots in Louisville, Karen spent the next 23 years at the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau (LCVB) overseeing the bureau’s sales team. After retiring from the LCBV in 2012 she remained connected to the industry she loves, founding her own event design and management consulting firm. In 2014, she returned to the LCVB to become President and CEO. Don’t miss learning from a woman who has made a career of promoting our city to the world.
Karen WilliamsSeptember 19
“There are times in your life when you know you are meant to meet someone. The reason may not be clear at the time, but your heart knows it.” – Dana Allen
Dana Allen and Jackie Keating met at a 100 Wise Women event in 2011, where Dana was a Wise Women host at Jackie’s table. After this meeting, Jackie asked Dana to mentor her, and knowing firsthand the importance of these relationships, Dana agreed and has been a mentor of Jackie’s ever since. Dana is System Vice President of Marketing for Norton Healthcare. Before joining Norton Healthcare in 2008, she began her career at Brown-Forman Corporation, gaining experience in sales, finance and management before spending the majority of her 20-plus-year career there in marketing. Jackie joined Dare to Care Food Bank in 2010 as chief development officer, overseeing fundraising efforts and external communications. Under her leadership, the organization has consistently met fundraising goals to feed the hungry in Kentuckiana. Join us to hear insights from these two women leaders on the rewards that come from women mentoring women.
Dana & JackieJune 28
Sisters Tammy York Day and Tonya York Dees channeled their philanthropic passion and love of all things Louisville into the “Unbridled Eve Gala” - held on Derby Eve - which funds the Unbridled Charitable Foundation. The event draws international celebrities each year and has raised funds to feed more than 1,250 children annually. In their day jobs, Tammy is Chief Operating Officer of Delta Dental of Kentucky and works closely with the CEO and executive team on development and implementation of the strategic plan. Tonya followed up her 13-year stint managing major initiatives and events with Greater Louisville Inc. and Louisville’s Chamber of Commerce into her own event and business strategy company, York Management, Inc. She and her team manage high profile events in Louisville and around the country. Join us to be inspired by this dynamic duo of community leaders.
Tammy & TonyaNovember 28