Executive Director of Rajon Rondo Foundation, Project Director for Metro United Way, and former Interim Chief of Police for Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD)

Date: September 22, 2021
Time: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. ET
Where: In Person at The Olmsted, on the campus of Masonic Homes Kentucky, 3701 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40207

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Every woman needs a network of strong women in their lives to grow their confidence, courage, and connections.

This is true in a “normal” year, but even more so while we’re struggling to lead our teams and families through difficult times. Every woman has been pushed to be even stronger. The 100 Wise Women networking series creates space for that strength and leadership to be acknowledged and celebrated – in ourselves, and the incredible keynote speakers that share their struggles and stories.

We are planning to host the September 22nd event in-person at The Olmsted and will be following current CDC guidance for in-person events. This includes requiring all attendees to wear masks except when actively eating or drinking, having hand sanitizer readily available, and limiting capacity to provide some physical distance between attendees. Because the safety of our participants and staff is of utmost importance, we are taking additional precautions and ask that all attendees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 OR have received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours (3 days) of attending. Read more about the Leadership Louisville Center’s approach to safely hosting in-person gatherings.

If you have questions or need guidance on your participation, contact Holly Prather, hprather@leadershiplouisville.org.

About our Keynote Speaker

Yvette Gentry made history in 2020 as the first woman and the first Black woman to lead the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD). She took on the interim role as Police Chief, stepping into leadership of the troubled agency while it faced extreme scrutiny over the March 13 police shooting of Breonna Taylor. She returned to the high-stress law-enforcement field in large part to, “help lead a call to action for those willing to do the work it takes to heal our city – and provide truth so we can have reconciliation, and create a system of justice rooted in equity.”

While serving as interim chief, she stepped into what seemed like an impossible situation to some. She marked her first day by removing the wooden boards that covered several downtown buildings after months of protests throughout the city. Before handing off the reigns to the next chief, Yvette worked to take the initial steps for reform while also providing support and leadership to the men and women of LMPD who were dealing with many challenges including a severe spike in violent crime, critical manpower shortages, and high turnover in key positions. She has now returned to her work as director of black male achievement at Metro United Way and leading the Rajon Rondo Foundation.

Yvette previously retired from LMPD as a deputy chief in 2014, where she served for two decades in investigations, strategic planning, budgeting, and patrol. She then served as Chief of Community Building in Mayor Fischer’s administration before joining Metro United Way as a project director. She is a Louisville native and graduate of Central High School and University of Louisville where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. She is also a graduate of Senior Management Institute for Police (PERF) at Boston University and Veteran of the United States Army National Guard.

Over the course of her career she has earned numerous awards for her leadership and dedication to community including the Campaign for Black Male Achievement 2019 Giving Award, induction into Central High School Distinguished Hall of Fame in 2016, International Ministerial Coalition Leadership Award in 2016, the LMPD Distinguished Community Service Award in 2013, and the Exceptional Community Policing Award in 2002, among many others.

Yvette is married to Donald Gentry and is the proud mother of four sons: Adonis, Devin, Myles and Quentin.

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