2018 line-up announced for 100 Wise Women: Registration open for June 27 event featuring celebrity chef Damaris Phillips

June 27th event features Celebrity Chef Damaris Phillips

UPDATE MAY 1, 2018: May 16th event with Amy Hess is SOLD OUT

Registration now open for June 27th event at www.leadershiplouisville.org/our-events/100-wise-women/.

Together with presenting sponsor Chase, 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.

Amy Hess, Special Agent in Charge, FBI

Amy Hess, Special Agent in Charge, FBI

The 2018 speaker line-up for 100 Wise Women will feature a series of women leaders as keynote speakers beginning with the first event on May 16 featuring Amy Hess, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who is responsible for all FBI personnel and operations in Kentucky. From her 25+ year career with the FBI, including leading counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan and investigating violent crimes, gangs, and drug trafficking, she brings an incredible leadership and career story.

Damaris Phillips, Celebrity Chef, Food Network

Damaris Phillips, Celebrity Chef, Food Network

The second event will be June 27 and feature Louisville native and celebrity chef Damaris Phillips. She is currently the co-host of Food Network shows Southern & Hungry with Rutledge Wood and The Bobby and Damaris Show with Bobby Flay, a show nominated for a 2018 James Beard award. Damaris was the 2013 winner of Food Network Star, where she impressed judges with her fresh take on Southern cuisine. She then went on to host her own show, Southern at Heart, for five seasons. Her first cookbook, Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy: Down Home Classics for Vegetarians (and the meat-eaters who love them) was released in October 2017.

Registration is now open for the Wednesday, June 27 event to be held from 8-10 a.m. at The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Ave.; the cost is $35. These events sell out quickly, so register soon at www.leadershiplouisville.org/our-events/100-wise-women/. For more information, contact the Leadership Louisville Center at (502) 561-0458 or email info@leadershiplouisville.org.

The 2018 event series will feature the following keynote speakers:

  • May 16 –  Amy Hess, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • June 27 Damaris Phillips, Celebrity Chef, Food Network
  • September 13 – Shannon Cogan, News Anchor, WAVE3
  • November 27 – Carolyn Tandy, Diversity Director, Texas Roadhouse

About 100 Wise Women

Designed to increase the base of Louisville’s qualified, connected women leaders, over 1,150 women attended the events in 2017, 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, 138 women have received scholarships totaling more than $128,000.

100 Wise Women is held in partnership with the Leadership Louisville Center and Today’s Woman magazine.  The Presenting sponsor is ChaseThe event is also supported by Gold sponsors ARGI Financial Group and Ford Motor Company; Silver sponsors Delta Dental of Kentucky and EY; and Bronze sponsors Allegra Marketing Services, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Citizens Union Bank, HosparusHumana Inc.,MCM CPAs & Advisors, Texas Roadhouse and WellCare. Additional support is provided by Julie Pogue Properties and University of Louisville Athletics.


For more information, contact:

Holly Prather, Vice President

Main: (502) 561-0458   Direct: (502) 609-9227