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October 2, 2011

Women 4 Women Announces New Executive Director 

Gwen Cooper

Effective September 6, 2011, Gwen Cooper joined Women 4 Women as the Executive Director.  She left her position as President and CEO of Community Health Charities of Florida to lead Women 4 Women.

Ms. Cooper is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and brings almost 20 years of non-profit and fundraising experience to her new position.  Women 4 Women's Interim President & CEO, Lopa Mehrotra, will resume her position on the Women 4 Women Board of Directors.

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A Tip of the Hat to Everyone Involved in This Year's Luncheon 
  Lisa Arie
           Lisa Arie, Keynote Speaker
         2011 W4W Annual Luncheon

Thank you to everyone who joined us on September 12th in the Galt House East Grand Ballroom for the Women 4 Women Annual Luncheon. 

Thank you also to our keynote speaker, Lisa Arie, for explaining how we can use our instinctive intelligence to navigate the unexpected with speed, agility and conviction.

And as always, thank you, sponsors and volunteers, for your amazing generosity.  Everyone’s efforts are helping to create a better future for Louisville’s women.  Because when women do better, families do better.  And when families do better, the community does better.

For those of you who missed the Annual Luncheon, it will be aired on Public Access Channel 98 on the following dates and times:

* Tuesday, September 27 @ 10:00 p.m.
* Thursday, September 29 @ 5:30 p.m.
* Saturday, October 1 @ 2:00 p.m. 

Presenting Sponsor:

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare

Ruby Sponsors:

Anthem BCBS   


Today's Woman


Emerald Sponsors:

Business First
Kosair Charities
Musselman Hotels
New West
The Oliver Group
Publishers Printing
Stites & Harbison
Texas Roadhouse

Benchmark II Brochure Now Available Online

  Benchmark II Brochure
Click on the above photo to view the Benchmark II Brochure.

Women 4 Women unveiled a glimpse of our ground breaking research study, Benchmark II, A Study of Louisville Women & Girls 2010, at the Annual Women 4 Women Luncheon.

The Benchmark II Brochure provides insight into the issues facing women and girls in our community and focuses our community’s attention on the solutions to those issues in the form of four community challenges.  Look for the full report in 2012. 

Mary Gwen Wheeler Recipient of Heart of the Community Award

The Heart of the Community Award was first given in 2002 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Women 4 Women, and to honor a person or organization who has given beyond the limits of ordinary activity, who has given his or her time, service and most importantly, heart, to the entire community.

Mary Gwen Wheeler

This year’s recipient, Mary Gwen Wheeler (pictured left), was presented the Heart of the Community Award by Shirley Willihnganz (pictured right), Women 4 Women Board Member and Executive Vice President and Provost of University of Louisville.

Mary Gwen Wheeler is the Interim Executive Director of 55,000 Degrees, a newly-formed multi-sector public-private partnership dedicated to increasing education attainment in the Louisville region. Previously, she served as the Mayor’s Sr. Advisor for Education and Youth for Louisville Metro Government, leading policy development and implementation of education and youth initiatives.  In Jerry Abramson’s first term as Metro Mayor, she served as Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.  In June of 2010, Ms. Wheeler was also appointed by Governor Beshear to the Kentucky Board of Education.

With a B.A. in American Studies and a Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale University, Ms. Wheeler also has experience in family literacy, workforce development, non-profit management, strategic planning, and international development.  This included 10 years with the National Center for Family Literacy as a project manager and vice president of planning and development. 

Her current volunteer activities include the following: 
– Center for Non-profit Excellence, Board Member 
Jefferson County Public Education Foundation, Board Member 
University of Louisville Board of Overseers
– Prichard Committee Member
Friends of Metro Health and Wellness, Board Member
Yale-China Association, Trustee
Jefferson County Adult Education Advisory Council
Women 4 Women Founder!

Mary Gwen, thank you for inspiring us all!

A Celebration of Women 20th Anniversary Tribute Book

  A Celebration of Women

With a few words of recognition and a photograph, you can share the special contributions of someone important to you. Tribute listings are available in a range of sizes and prices ranging from a full-page at $1,000 to name-only listings at only $100. 

Your tax-deductible tribute will help better the quality of life for women and girls in our community.  The proceeds from 
A Celebration of Women will be donated to the Women 4 Women Fund 4 Women and Girls Endowment at the Community Foundation of Louisville. 

For more information or to purchase a tribute, click here to view and download the flyer and pledge form. 

BEST Report Now Available Online

  BEST press announcement
More than 50 community leaders attended the BEST press announcement on June 14.
Women 4 Women held a press announcement on June 14, to release the Basic Economic Security Tables™ (BEST) for Kentucky that were created by Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW). The report includes the comprehensive BEST Index, which calculates the monthly income necessary for families to cover their basic expenses, including childcare, housing, health care, transportation, savings and retirement.

Becky Phillips and Maria Hampton 
W4W Board Chair, Becky Phillips (right) thanks Maria Hampton (left) for support of the KY BEST report.

Did you know that . . .
  • Single workers in Kentucky need to earn $23,988 a year, or more than $11 an hour – almost 60% higher than minimum wage – just to cover basic expenses.
  • Only 15% of jobs projected to be created by 2018 that do not require a four-year degree will provide economic security to a single parent with two young children.
  • Only 32% of all jobs projected to be created by 2018 will provide economic security to a single parent with two young children.
Women 4 Women would like to thank Maria Hampton of Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – Louisville Branch for hosting the announcement event held at Spalding University and UPS for hosting the BEST Community Forums on June 23 and 27 held at Metro United Way.

For more information and to download a free copy of the BEST report, visit our website at: 


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