Meet 2016 Wise Women speakers – Registration open for June 14 featuring extraordinary global leader

June 14th event to feature extraordinary global leader


100WW is presented by - new logoTogether with presenting sponsor Delta Dental of Kentucky, the Leadership Louisville Center and Today’s Woman magazine host 100 Wise Women to bring successful women leaders – Wise Women – together with emerging women leaders to share perspectives on themes presented by distinguished keynote speakers.

Laura Lane, UPS

For its 10th anniversary year, the 100 Wise Women will feature a series of incredible women leaders as keynote speakers, many with nontraditional career paths, beginning with the first event on June 14. From Germany to Rwanda, Laura Lane, president of global public affairs for UPS, has seen it all.  Now a corporate leader, her path to leadership included serving as economic and political-military affairs officer at the American Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda.  Attendees will hear the harrowing story of her efforts to evacuate American citizens from Rwanda during the outbreak of civil war and the critical lessons in leadership she learned along the way.  Following her keynote address, “wise women” table hosts will facilitate conversation, allowing women in attendance to engage in meaningful conversation and build their network of women leaders.

The 2016 event series will feature the following keynote speakers (

June 14 – Laura Lane, President of Global Public Affairs, UPS

July 28 – Nikki Jackson, VP and Regional Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

September 20 – Dana Bowers, Founder, Venminder, former CEO/Founder of iPay Technologies

October 25 – Jeanne James, Retired Federal Air Marshall Supervisor and FBI Agent

About 100 Wise Women

Designed to increase the base of Louisville’s qualified, connected women leaders, over 1,100 women attended the events in 2015, representing about 350 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, 111 women have received scholarships totaling more than $105,000.

100 Wise Women provides a unique and ideal opportunity for developing a network of mentors, colleagues and friends – networks that are 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. The majority of 100 Wise Women attendees are at the level of director or above and many others are emerging leaders or in early management positions.

100 Wise Women is held in partnership with the Leadership Louisville Center and Today’s Woman magazine.  The Presenting sponsor is Delta Dental of KentuckyThe event is also supported by Gold sponsor Ford Motor Company; Silver sponsors Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, DBS Interactive and EY; Bronze sponsors: Allegra Marketing Services, ARGI Financial Group, Humana Inc., and Thorntons Inc. Additional support is provided by Julie Pogue Properties and University of Louisville Athletics.

About Delta Dental of Kentucky and Making Smiles Happen®:

Delta Dental of Kentucky is committed to bright smiles and healthy lifestyles for its 700,000 enrollees and the communities we serve. Delta Dental of Kentucky is part of a family of companies that collectively are among the largest, most experienced dental plan administrators in the nation. Our network of providers gives our customers access to high-quality, affordable dental care.

Making Smiles Happen® is Delta Dental of Kentucky’s promise to serve our communities and residents one smile at a time. Aimed with the task of promoting oral health to the citizens of Kentucky, this initiative supports many non-profit partners. Giving back is a core component of our culture at Delta Dental, and Making Smiles Happen enables this support to be given to organizations that champion a better quality of life for citizens throughout our Commonwealth.

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, Bingham Fellows, and Encore Louisville.  The Leadership Green Room was launched in 2015 and serves at the training and talent development arm of the Center, expanding the resources available to the region’s business community and employee base.  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.  Learn more at

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