Mayor's "Making a Difference" Reception - March 13, 2014

posted Mar 20, 2014, 6:37 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 27, 2014, 6:22 AM ]

On March 13th, 2014, two organizations, Women Influencing Louisville and Women 4 Women, along with the Mayor’s office, hosted a reception at the Louisville’s Metro Hall connecting a large number of women’s groups throughout Louisville. The goal was to join the women groups of Louisville together to create an awareness of one another and better understand key initiatives for each group. It was a great time for women with the common cause of women in the city to network and exchange ideas.

The attendees included the women leaders, officers, and board members that focus on contributing to the advancement of women throughout Louisville, including Mayor’s employees and University of Louisville.

The evening began with some refreshments and appetizers until the Metro Hall was full of energy from the women leaders. Sadiqa Reynolds, the Chief Community Builder, made an introductory speech welcoming all the women and introduced many of the women in Mayor Fischer’s cabinet. The sponsors of the event, Leigh Pittman from Women Influencing Louisville and Tawana Edwards from Women4Women provided a few comments to open the event by encouraging organizations to connect, get to know one another and explore ways to benefit from one another in the future. A speaker from each organization then proceeded to the podium to introduce themselves and their organization.

The night had a great attendance with over 120 attendees representing 28 organizations ranging from Junior League to the Business and Professional Women of River City. The general consensus in the room was amazement that so many groups existed to support women in our city, and this night was the first time they were able to meet and connect on the same issues. Another realization was that some organizations could connect to render a bigger result overall as business cards were passed among the attendees.

Linda Thomas, vice president of National Council of Negro Women, said “The energy was high and the number of women present gives witness to the many concerns and issues that are occupying our minds and compelling actions in every part of the city and surrounding region. I sensed a need to discuss, and collaborate on various issues concerning women and families – from education to real estate; from violence against women and children to laws that protect them. We need each other to make progressive change in our city and our state. I have the hope that new partnerships will be formed and that this can become an annual gathering to look forward to.”

Chrissy Evans, president of Junior League of Louisville said “It was wonderful to network with so many women and learn more about women's organizations I was already aware of as well as hear about organizations I was not aware of yet. I already plan to check out a new organization to see about getting more involved with them.”

Jan Brown-Thompson, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Pi Lambda Omega Chapter, said “The evening was a great networking event for women in Louisville. The event was very informative as women leaders shared about the work of their organization and the people they serve. I enjoyed personally meeting other women leaders who were passionate about the work that they do toward impacting the growth and well-being of this community and its residents.”

The Mayor’s office was instrumental in coordinating this event with the sponsoring organizations. According to Sadiqa Reynolds, this event reinforces the goals of Mayor Fischer on improving education, community wellness, and employment opportunities….making Louisville a better place to work and live.

Women Influencing Louisville is a non-profit entity that combines women leadership from eight leading employers in the area to include: Brown-Forman, EY, /Frost Brown Todd, GE, Humana, UPS, US Bank and YUM Brands focused on the development and advancement of women.


Women 4 Women is led by women who believe that a core strength of our society rests on the contributions of women. Women 4 Women envisions our community as one of the best places for girls, women and their families to live and work.

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Mar 27, 2014, 6:17 AM