2017 line-up announced for 100 Wise Women

Together 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.

“Delta Dental of Kentucky is delighted to return for another year at the helm of the 100 Wise women series,” said Tammy York Day, chief operations officer of Delta Dental of Kentucky.  “We are pleased to support the Leadership Louisville Center and this important initiative that empowers professional women in our community.”

The 2017 speaker line-up for 100 Wise Women will feature a series of women leaders as keynote speakers beginning with the first event on April 18. Monica Hardin anchors the weekday morning news on WLKY. A Louisville native, Monica won Miss Kentucky in 2001 and traveled over 80,000 miles on a motivational speaking tour before beginning her TV news career. Attendees will learn Monica’s personal story of being a caregiver to her parents while growing up as well as her new phase of self-discovery as a result of motherhood and having a career that puts her in the spotlight. 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.

Registration for the June 28 event opens in May. Events are held from 8-10 a.m. at The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Ave.; the cost is $35. These events sell out quickly, so if you’re not on our email list, sign up now to be notified when registration opens. Check out our 100 Wise Women Wall of Fame featuring all 4 speakers and LOTS of wise women Louisville area leaders at www.leadershiplouisville.org/100ww. For more information, contact the Leadership Louisville Center at (502) 561-0458 or email info@leadershiplouisville.org.

The 2017 event series will feature the following keynote speakers (www.leadershiplouisville.org/100ww):

  • April 18 – Monica Hardin, Anchor, WLKY News
  • June 28 – Mentor & Mentee: Dana Allen, System Vice President of Marketing, Norton Healthcare & Jackie Keating, Chief Development Officer, Dare to Care Food Bank
  • September 19 – Karen Williams, President and CEO, Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • November 28 – Sisters: Tammy York Day, Chief Operations Officer, Delta Dental of Kentucky & Tonya York Dees, President, York Management, Inc.

About 100 Wise Women

Designed to increase the base of Louisville’s qualified, connected women leaders, over 1,150 women attended the events in 2016, 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, 127 women have received scholarships totaling more than $122,000.

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 sponsor EY; and Bronze sponsors Allegra Marketing Services, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, ARGI Financial Group, Citizens Union Bank, Humana Inc., and MCM CPAs & Advisors. Additional support is provided by 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 as 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 www.leadershiplouisville.org.


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For more information, contact:

Holly Prather, Vice President

Main: (502) 561-0458   Direct: (502) 753-6503