100 Wise Women event on September 13th featuring President of Thorntons – Register today!


September 13th 100 Wise Women event to feature new President of Thorntons, Debi Boffa, a 25-year fuel industry veteran from New Zealand, as keynote speaker

Registration now open at www.leadershiplouisville.org/our-events/100-wise-women


Together with presenting sponsor Chase, the Leadership Louisville Center hosts 100 Wise Women events to bring successful women leaders – Wise Women – together with emerging women leaders to make space for strength and leadership to be acknowledged and celebrated. The events make it possible for women to build a network that will grow their confidence, courage, and connections.

The September 13th event will feature Debi Boffa, President of Thorntons LLC. Boffa has over 25 years’ experience in the convenience and fuel industry in New Zealand, Australia, and the U.S., having worked in roles across retail, sales, marketing, operations, and strategy, with a background in engineering. She’s now responsible for leading the Thorntons business, which was founded in Louisville and now is a wholly owned subsidiary of bp, which operates stores in six states, providing fresh foods, high-quality beverages, and fuel to nearly 2,000 guests in each store daily. Prior to coming to Louisville and taking over leadership of Thorntons, Boffa served as both the Head of Country and Managing Director of bp New Zealand. Attendees will get to know her story and take away ‘wise words’ to influence their leadership journey. Like all 100 Wise Women events, attendees will foster deep, meaningful connections that go beyond your typical “networking.”

Registration is now open for the September 13th event at www.leadershiplouisville.org/our-events/100-wise-women/. This event will be held from 8:00-10:00 a.m. at The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Ave., on the campus of Masonic Homes of Kentucky. Tickets are $50, with savings available for nonprofits and members of the Leadership Louisville Center. Proceeds from the event benefit the Joan Riehm Women’s Leadership Fund. For more information, contact the Leadership Louisville Center at (502) 561-0458 or email info@leadershiplouisville.org.

The final 100 Wise Women event in 2022 will be November 9. Registration is also open for the event featuring Angie Evans, Vice President, Chief DEI Officer for PPL Corporation (parent company of LG&E and KU Energy).

About 100 Wise Women

Designed to increase the base of Louisville’s qualified, connected women leaders, over 1,000 women attended the events in 2021, representing over 290 companies from industries including major employers, small businesses, professional service firms, universities, government agencies and nonprofit organizations of all kinds. Every in-person event has sold to capacity since the series started in 2007 and virtual events received rave reviews. 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, over 175 women have received scholarships totaling more than $156,000.

100 Wise Women is organized by the Leadership Louisville Center.  The Presenting sponsor is JPMorgan Chase.

Gold sponsor is Thorntons LLC. Silver sponsors are EY, Farm Credit Mid-America, Heaven Hill Brands, and Humana. Bronze sponsors are Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, DBL Law, Delta Dental, Highnote, Jack Henry & Associates, Junior League of Louisville, MCM CPAs & Advisors, Texas Roadhouse, and UofL Health.

Today’s Woman Magazine is founding partner of the event series.


The Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement. With a purpose to inspire and equip leaders to be better and do better, it has graduated over 10,000 through its community leadership programs since 1979. The Center is recognized as a national best practice and is known for its dynamic programming and strong community connections. Programming includes five social impact leadership programs (Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Bingham Fellows and Encore Louisville), leadership skills training courses presented through the Leadership Green Room, and events designed to connect leaders and motivate positive change. Learn more at www.leadershiplouisville.org.

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