Upcoming keynote speakers

Learn more about 100 Wise Women, the best women’s networking events in Louisville.

September 19, 2017

Karen Williams, President and CEO, Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau

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, helping 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. She retired from the LCBV in 2012 to found 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.

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November 28, 2017

Tammy York Day, Chief Operation Officer, Delta Dental of Kentucky, and
Tonya York Dees, President, York Management, Inc.

Sisters Tammy York Day and Tonya York Dees channeled their philanthropic passion into the “Unbridled Eve Gala” – held on Derby Eve – which funds the Unbridled Charitable Foundation. The event draws international celebrities 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 crafting the strategic plan. Tonya followed up her 13-year stint managing major initiatives and events with Greater Louisville Inc., by founding York Management, Inc., which manages high profile events in Louisville and nationwide. Join us to be inspired by this dynamic duo of community leaders.

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Past keynote speakers

June 28, 2017

Dana Allen, System Vice President of Marketing, Norton Healthcare, and
Jackie Keating, Chief Development Officer, Dare to Care Food Bank

“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 is System Vice President of Marketing for Norton Healthcare. Jackie Keating is chief development officer for Dare to Care Food Bank. The two 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. At 100 Wise Women, we learned from these two women leaders about the rewards that come from women mentoring women.

See photos from this event on the Delta Dental of Kentucky Facebook page

April 18, 2017

Monica Hardin, Anchor, WLKY News

Monica Hardin anchors the weekday morning news on WLKY. A Louisville native, Monica won Miss Kentucky 2001 and during the year of service that followed, she traveled over 80,000 miles on a motivational speaking tour. 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 Hardin shared her inspiring life and leadership story at 100 Wise Women.

See photos on the Delta Dental of Kentucky Facebook page

October 25, 2016

Jeanne James, Retired Federal Air Marshal Supervisor and FBI Agent

jeanne-james-121.pngJeanne James started her career as police officer in Florida, then spent 16 years with the FBI in a variety of undercover and leadership roles.  After 9/11, Ms. James joined the Federal Air Marshal program. Now retired, she is currently enrolled in Spalding University’s Masters program in creative writing, and is working on a novel based on her work in the FBI. Her adventures have also included a 700-mile hike on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. Jeanne James’ shared her intriguing career stories and insights at 100 Wise Women.

See photos on the Delta Dental of Kentucky Facebook page

September 20, 2016

Dana Bowers, Founder, Venminder

dana-bowers-121.pngDana Bowers has been an entrepreneur and leader in the financial industry for more than 30 years. Through Venminder, Ms. Bowers created a state-of-the-art vendor management software solution. Prior to Venminder, she founded and served as CEO of iPay Technologies which she grew from a start-up to one of the largest, independent bill pay providers in the U.S. In 2009, she was awarded an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the South Central Ohio/Kentucky region. At 100 Wise Women, we gained insights from a high profile/high risk entrepreneur with proven leadership and talent.

See photos on the Delta Dental of Kentucky Facebook page

July 28, 2016

Nikki Jackson, VP & Regional Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

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Nikki Jackson leads the Louisville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The Louisville Branch is focused on community development and education, as well as regional economic research and policy input. The branch covers western Kentucky, metro Louisville and southern Indiana. Formerly, Ms. Jackson was personnel cabinet secretary for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and chief human resources officer for Charter Schools USA. It was refreshing to hear from a woman leading her organization in a role that “taps more into who she is versus what she’s been trained to do.”

See photos on the Delta Dental of Kentucky Facebook page

June 14, 2016

Laura J. Lane, President, Global Public Affairs, UPS

laura-j-lane-121.pngLaura Lane is responsible for all of UPS’ worldwide government affairs activities in more than 200 countries and territories. Prior to her corporate career, Ms. Lane served in the U.S. Foreign Service and led the evacuation effort of American citizens from Rwanda in 1994, later returning as political advisor to U.S. forces providing humanitarian relief to refugees. She was a political commentator for the PBS/Frontline documentary on the Rwandan genocide. Laura Lane had a fascinating story of leadership, courage and compassion.

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November 4, 2015

Jones_Jill_121x173Jill Jones, Executive Vice President, Brown-Forman Corporation

Jill is Executive Vice President, President of North America, Latin America, India, Middle East & Africa, and Global Travel Retail regions. Since joining the company in 2000, Jones has progressed through a series of increasingly responsible roles, including several key financial and strategic business planning roles within the former Spirits organization.

Jill shared her leadership story, from her teen years pumping gas at her family’s filling station, to now serving on Brown-Forman’s Executive Leadership Team.

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September 16, 2015

LaraMacGregor_121x173Lara MacGregor, Founder, Hope Scarves

When Lara MacGregor was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30, 7 months pregnant, a woman with whom she shared a mutual friend sent her a package. Inside were beautiful scarves she wore during her battle with cancer and a note saying, “You can do this.” The scarves were practical and inspiring. And, knowing someone else had worn the scarves and beat cancer helped Lara believe she could do it too.

Lara created Hope Scarves to capture the stories of courageous women and encourage others by passing along scarves and stories of hope. Lara shared her courageous story as she leads Hope Scarves, even as her own battle with cancer continues.

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July 22, 2015

Jane BeshearJane Beshear, First Lady, Commonwealth of Kentucky

As a life-long equine enthusiast Jane Beshear was a member of the World Equestrian Games Foundation Board, which in 2013 successfully hosted the first ever FEI World Games outside of Europe, an event that attracted more than half-a-million attendees from around the globe. As a former teacher, Mrs. Beshear organized “Graduate Kentucky” an initiative to address the state’s troublesome high-school dropout rates.

At 100 Wise Women, Jane Beshear shared how she’s shaped her role as First Lady of Kentucky.

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May 20, 2015

Sadiqa ReynoldsSadiqa Reynolds, Chief for Community Building, Louisville Metro Government

In her current role which includes overseeing the Department of Health & Wellness and Housing & Family Services, Sadiqa Reynolds sees firsthand the benefits of compassion and of fixing problems at their source. A favorite Frederick Douglass quote is her daily inspiration, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Sadiqa shared her life and career story with honesty and sincerity. Great quote from Sadiqa – “You are not Super Woman. You are Super YOU. Be okay with saying no and focusing on what is important.”

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November 5, 2014

Eleanor Jordan

Eleanor Jordan, Executive Director, Kentucky Commission on Women

A former elected Kentucky state representative, Jordan now advises Governor Stephen Beshear on women’s issues and recommends strategies for improvement. Prior to her legislative service, Jordan was active in the Louisville community advocating for quality child care for the poor.

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August 19, 2014

Martha Layne CollinsMartha Layne Collins, former Kentucky Governor and Ambassador-at-Large for International Trade, Kentucky Chamber

Originally a schoolteacher, Collins was not only Kentucky’s first and only woman governor, she held high-ranking posts at St. Catherine College, the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky and is a Harvard University Fellow. Collins shared some priceless pearls of wisdom: “I’ve had lunch with the Queen of England, but still have to prove myself every day,” and “Speak plainly, don’t worry about taking credit, follow your gut”

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June 25, 2014

Suzanne BergmeisterSuzanne Bergmeister, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, University of Louisville

An electrical engineer with an MBA from Cornell University, as well as an Air Force reservist, Suzanne Bergmeister shared her personal story of when to “lean in” when to leave and when to leap, in your career as well as relationships.

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May 7, 2014

Marta MirandaMarta Miranda, President and CEO of The Center for Women and Families

In addition to her professional credentials, Marta has been a dedicated activist and community organizer on social and economic justice issues for over three decades. See the video of Marta’s talk to learn, as only Marta can tell it, about her authentic leadership style and her personal mission to eradicate violence, particularly against women and children.

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October 2, 2013

Jean WestJean West, Anchor, WAVE-TV

Now the producer and host of “Jean West’s Medical Digest” at WAVE-TV,  Jean started her career in broadcasting with the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service in Japan. Based on that experience, and her mother’s advice to “take the opportunities presented to you,” she became Louisiana’s first African-American, prime-time co-anchor. That job led to many interesting stories and some potentially dangerous situations. Attendees learned where saying “yes” to opportunities has taken Jean West during her career.

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July 31, 2013

Charlotte Ipsan - Lynnie Meyer, Norton HealthcareCharlotte Ipsan, (left) President, Norton Women’s Hospital/Kosair Children’s Hospital – St. Matthews

Lynnie Meyer (BF ’03, LN ’01, LL ’00) (right) System Vice President, Women’s and Children’s Community Partnerships; System Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Norton Healthcare

Charlotte brings 28-year’s experience in maternal, child and pediatric health care to her newest role leading the creation of the first women’s and children’s facility within the Louisville area. As the leader of philanthropy efforts for Norton Healthcare and Children’s Hospital Foundations, Lynnie’s team raised over $17 million for Norton Healthcare and Children’s Hospital Foundations in 2012. Lynnie is the former president and CEO of Louisville’s Center for Women and Families.   See photos of the event

June 12, 2013

Dr. LaQuandra NesbittDr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Director, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness

Dr. Nesbitt, spoke about her influences as a youth, her own mentors and her career path to public health, which is one of her passions. She also shared her guiding principles and how “she learned everything she needed to know to be successful – in Girl Scouts.”

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March 19, 2013

Mary Lou QuesnellMary Lou Quesnell, Marketing Director, Ford Customer Service Division

Joining us from Troy, Michigan, Mary Lou brought high energy and a fascinating career story with one of Louisville’s major employers. She has been with Ford since 1985, holding positions in marketing and sales, both in the U.S. and Europe, as well as car product development.
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October 30, 2012

Ruth BrinkleyRuth Brinkley, president and chief executive officer of KentuckyOne Health.

Ruth wrapped up the 2012 100 Wise Women series by sharing her personal story and her philosophy that it takes competence, confidence and courage to be successful as a leader. She shared her belief in going with your gut instinct and doing what you believe is right regardless of the consequences.

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September 12, 2012

Heather HowellHeather Howell (BF ’09) chief tea officer, Rooibee Red Tea.

A young entrepreneur, Heather Howell brought fun energy to the September 100 Wise Women event.  She described her transition from a successful 15-year corporate career to an entrepreneurial path and the lessons she’s learned about embracing risk, following your passion and what it’s like to lead a small, rapidly growing business.

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June 13, 2012

Tierra Kavanaugh TurnerTierra Kavanaugh Turner, founder and chief executive officer for TKT & Associates Inc.

Tierra shared her career story, including holding true to values and navigating circumstances that seemed like roadblocks and turned out to be opportunities.  She brought a fresh perspective from her experience in the public and private sectors in the area of minority empowerment and also discussed how her strong commitment to family has impacted her career.

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March 29, 2012

Brigadier General Margarett BarnesBrigadier General Margarett E. Barnes, U.S. Army Human Resources Command at Ft. Knox.

Brigadier General Margarett Barnes’ leadership story covered her service in the Army for more than 27 years commanding Soldiers at every level commensurate with her rank. Attendees gained inspiration from the principled way she’s found to balance family life and gender roles throughout her service to our country.

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November 9, 2011

Sandra Frazier

Sandra Frazier (LL ’05), owner, Tandem Public Relations.

Attendees enjoyed Sandra’s candid insights on being part of a well-known Louisville family and experiences in her career that got her where she is today.

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September 14, 2011

Lynda LambertLynda Lambert, co-host of Lambert and Lindsey Show, Main Line Broadcasting: 102.3 the Max

Lynda shared her story of balancing life in the public eye while dealing with personal hardships. She emphasized the importance of having a mentor and finding a career that you are passionate about.

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June 22, 2011

Thelma FergusonThelma Ferguson (BF ’01, LL ’00), president northeast middle market commercial bank JPMorgan Chase, New York

Thelma discussed the opportunities and challenges that came with making a substantial career change for her and her family. She also shared some of the “unwritten rules” of moving up in one’s career.

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March 9, 2011

Brittney Stout and Sue TammeSue Stout Tamme (LL ’98), president of the Louisville market, Baptist Healthcare System and Brittney Stout, clinic manager, Baptistworx Physical Therapy

The mother-daughter team shared career stories, strategies for managing life-work balance and insights from two different generations.

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November 10, 2010

Denise Vazquez TroutmanDenise Vazquez Troutman (LL ‘07, FL ‘04), president and chief executive officer of The Center for Women and Families

Denise’s message was one of self-empowerment: to define yourself before someone else does it for you, get acquainted with your own charisma and to do our individual parts to make the world a better place for others.

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September 8, 2010

Julie HermannJulie Hermann, executive senior associate athletic director at University of Louisville

Julie gave an inspiring, anecdotal speech regarding P.O.O. – Pride of Ownership. She shared lessons learned as a child and young adult about the value of struggling, problem-solving and developing empathy, that led to her success.

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June 9, 2010

Laura DouglasLaura Douglas, (BF ’93, LL ’92) vice president of corporate responsibility and community affairs at E.ON U.S.

Laura gave interesting advice to the sold-out gathering – essentially she said, “Don’t be too careful!” She talked about strategic risks she’s taken in her career that paid big dividends personally and professionally.

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March 10, 2010

Madeleine Abramson

Madeline Abramson, former first lady of Louisville

Madeline shared stories of learning to balance public and private life as first lady. She offered insights on how leadership roles influence family life and how to keep a sense of humor in challenging times.

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November 18, 2009

Maria Hampton and Gretchen GerwingMaria Hampton (BF ’07, ’98, LN ’02, LL ’90) and Gretchen Gerwing

The mother and daughter team of Maria Hampton, Louisville Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and Gretchen Gerwing, Draftfcb in Chicago, came together to discuss the generation gap along with other changes for women in the workplace.

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September 23, 2009

Judy GreenDr. Judy Green (BF ’94, LL ’94), Councilwoman

Judy shared her childhood in rural Kentucky, the strong role models in her own family, the struggle to go away to college and then become a dentist, in addition to her eventual election to Metro Council.

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May 20, 2009

Karen LeeKaren Lee, director of airline safety, UPS Airlines

Karen shared her career story then these words of wisdom: “Concentrate on performance, never let them see you sweat, be generous in your heart, trust until given a reason not to, pick your battles carefully and embrace every new challenge as a development opportunity.”

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March 18, 2009

Debbie ScoppechioDebbie Scoppechio (LL ’97), chairman and chief executive officer, Creative Alliance

Debbie shared her personal and career story and “Debbie’s Baker’s Dozen, which is: “have a vision, be honest, believe in yourself, be willing to take risks and make sacrifices, be passionate about your work, surround yourself with people who are smarter than you, believe in your team, work harder than anyone else, always be yourself, never give up, never say no, do whatever it takes, be flexible, motivate and lead by example.

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 November 12, 2008

Judge Janice Martin

Janice Martin, judge, Jefferson County District Court

Janice spoke about her path to a career as a district court judge and why we need to strive for diversity in the court system.

September 24, 2008

Joan ColemanJoan Coleman (FL ’01), president, AT&T Kentucky

Joan talked about the wise women in her life and the challenge of making it all work successfully – family, career, life in general. Joan shared that thriving on change has been a big factor in her career satisfaction.

May 7, 2008

Jackie HaysJackie Hays, anchor, WAVE-TV

Jackie talked about growing up in a small town with a big dream of “doing the news on TV.” She told the audience some of the highlights of 30 years spent at her dream job.

March 12, 2008

Alice HoustonAlice Houston, president and chief executive officer, Houston-Johnson, Inc.

Alice shared reflections on her business career and her many roles as a community leader. She encouraged more women to step up to take on leadership roles.

November 14, 2007

Lynn PendergrassLynn Pendergrass, president and chief executive officer of GE Consumer and
Industrial, Americas

Lynn shared insightful perspectives from her professional and personal life, of the most significant changes in today’s global marketplace, and how these changes impact the ever-changing roles of women.

September 26, 2007

Phoebe Wood

Phoebe Wood (LL ’05), vice chairman and chief financial officer, Brown- Forman Corporation

Phoebe’s talked about the fact that our personal stories all take shape in the context of three factors: geography (the place in which we are born), time (the era in which we are born), our DNA (the traits we inherited) and the family environment in which we were raised.

May 9, 2007

Crit LuallenCrit Luallen (LL ’91), auditor of public accounts, Commonwealth of Kentucky

Crit shared highlights of her career in state government and how she’s seen opportunities for women grow since she began her career.

March 7, 2007

Deb MoessnerDeb Moessner (LL ’08), president and general manager, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

In the inaugural 100 Wise Women event, Deb told the audience that to be a leader you first have to know yourself, your own strengths and passions, then use them to your advantage in your career and personal life. She encouraged the women in the room to be willing to accept help from others along the way.