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100 Wise Women events & keynote speakers announced for 2024 – Registration open for all events, first event on April 10th will feature Kim Baker

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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 2024 event series will feature four unique and dynamic women leaders, including the leader of a major statewide arts organization, two rising-star sisters who are at the top of the technology and legal fields, an innovative and life-changing nonprofit leader, and a coach performing at the highest level of collegiate sports.

The 2024 event series will feature keynote speakers:

  • April 10 – Kim Baker, President & CEO, Kentucky Performing Arts
  • June 14 – Jennifer Green and Jessica Green, Chief Legal Officer with Yum! Brands Digital and Technology and Judge for Jefferson Circuit Court
  • September 18 – Cathe Dykstra, Chief Possibility Officer, President & CEO, Family Scholar House
  • November 1 – Dani Busboom Kelly, Head Coach, Women’s Volleyball, University of Louisville

The first event on April 10 will feature keynote speaker, Kim Baker, serving her 10th year as the President & CEO of Kentucky Performing Arts – the first woman and first Kentuckian to serve in this capacity. Active in the arts community, she believes her role at KPA should be aligned with community needs. As a board member of the Muhammad Ali Center, Kentucky Performing Arts Foundation, and a seat holder of the Commonwealth’s Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet, Kim is committed to helping the community move forward through the arts. Kim is also an alumna of the Leadership Louisville class of 2002 and a two-time Bingham Fellow graduate in 2003 and 2008.

Registration is now open for all 2024 events at They will all 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 $60, with savings available for nonprofits and members of the Leadership Louisville Center. Proceeds from the event benefit the Women’s Leadership Fund. For more information, contact the Leadership Louisville Center at (502) 561-0458 or email

About 100 Wise Women
Designed to increase the base of Louisville’s qualified, connected women leaders, over 1,200 women attended the events in 2023, representing over 320 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, hundreds of women have received scholarships totaling more than $200,000.

100 Wise Women is organized by the Leadership Louisville Center. 
The Presenting sponsor is JPMorgan Chase.
Gold sponsors are Incipio Workforce Solutions, LeadingBetter™, and Thorntons.
Silver sponsors are Cherry Bekaert, EY, Heaven Hill, and Louisville City FC.
Bronze sponsors are Advanced Business Solutions, Cerity, Delta Dental of Kentucky, GlowTouch, HighNote, Junior League of Louisville, Texas Roadhouse, Tri-Arrows Aluminum Inc., and Volunteers of America Mid-States.
Supporters are Ashley|Rountree and Associates, Givaudan Sense Colour, and Signarama Downtown.
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 15,000 through its 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), the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program, leadership skills training courses presented through partner brand LeadingBetter™, and events designed to connect leaders and motivate positive change. Learn more at

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