Meet JOY, the entrepreneur portrayed in the Jennifer Lawrence film at Nov. 10th member event

Leadership Louisville Center to host author Joy Mangano, entrepreneur portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence in the film Joy on November 10

Joy Mangano and Jennifer Lawrence at the premiere of ‘Joy’ in December 2015.

On Friday, November 10th, the Leadership Louisville Center will host an opportunity to meet and hear the inspiring story of entrepreneur Joy Mangano, the real life “Joy” in the Jennifer Lawrence film by the same name. Ms. Mangano will be in Louisville in support of her book, Inventing Joy: Dare to Build a Brave and Creative Life. Following her talk and Q&A with the audience, Joy will be available for book signing. Books will be available for purchase through Carmichael’s Bookstore, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund.  This event is held in partnership with Fund for the Arts and the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation.

The event will be held at the Frazier History Museum, 4th Floor Loft, 829 W. Main St., Louisville, KY 40202. Doors open 8:00 a.m., Program and Q&A 8:30-9:30 a.m., Book signing offered at program conclusion  This event is part of the Center’s Thought Leadership Series.  It is free for members of the Leadership Louisville Center; $25 for guests.  Attendees must register to attend at this link or by calling (502) 561-0458.  The Thought Leadership Series is presented by Hilliard Lyons.


NOTE: No registrations accepted after noon Thursday, Nov. 9th.

Pre-order Joy Mangano's book for pickup at the event.

Pre-order Joy Mangano’s book for pickup at the event.


Pre-order “Inventing Joy”

Joy’s book, “Inventing Joy” will sold separately by Carmichael’s Bookstore.  To pre-order book and pick up at the event, visit this link. Pre-orders must be placed by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, November 9.

More about Joy Mangano

Joy Mangano is the President of Ingenious Designs LLC, the company that she founded in 1990 and was later acquired by HSN, Inc., the parent company of direct-to-consumer content retailer HSN.  Joy began her career with the invention and launch of the Miracle Mop®, and she went on to invent and launch hundreds of successful products, most notably Huggable Hangers® (selling over 700 million to date), My Little Steamer®, Forever Fragrant®, the Memory Cloud Warm & Cool Pillow, her Better Beauty Case, the Jewel Kit®, and, most recently, her record breaking Spinball™ luggage wheel system.  Joy herself appears live on HSN about 14 times per year, reaching over 90 million homes. In addition, Joy’s products can be found in premier retailers such as Macy’s, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond and The Container Store.

About Inventing Joy: Dare to Build a Brave & Creative Life

Joy Mangano’s book is described as a powerful and inspirational blueprint for living with more success, confidence, and happiness in work and in life.

Joy has an incredible rags-to-riches story: as a struggling single mother of three, she laid the groundwork for what would become a global business empire. Starting in the back of her father’s garage, she has for 30 years created and launched innovative and record-breaking products, led by her industry-changing, self-wringing Miracle Mop. Today, she holds more than 100 patents and trademarks for her inventions and is now one of the most powerful brands on direct-to-consumer content retailer HSN. She has generated over $3 billion in product sales worldwide, placing her among the most recognized and successful female entrepreneurs of our time.

Joy has dedicated her career to making each of our lives a little bit simpler, and Inventing Joy is no different. As she relives her incredible and inspiring journey, she points out her very own personal lightbulb moments-lessons she learned the hard way, and principles she still relies on today. These concepts come together in the end to form that she refers to as Joy’s Blueprint: a resource that will help you live your most joyful life.

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 7,000 community leaders have graduated from the Center’s civic programs.  The Leadership Green Room was launched in 2015 and serves as the training and talent development arm of the Center.  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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