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The Women 4 Women Student Chapter's mission is to improve the health and economic well being of women and girls by increasing awareness, expanding resources and creating solutions to strengthen our University of Louisville community


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Welcome to the blog!!

Posted by on Jul 29, 2011 in Blog | 21 comments

Hello all,

I hope everyone is excited for this upcoming year!  We have tons of great programs planned–as you can see on the events calendar—however, I would still love to hear input from everyone if there is a particular program you have interest in or if you have some ideas of how to improve a current program.  I’d also love to hear any ideas for new programs!!   I would love for this organization and blog to be a place where you can let your creativity thrive.  So feel free to comment on this blog or comment with something else related to W4W or a new subject geared towards women’s issues that you really want to discuss.

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Paula McCraney

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 in Conference, Speakers | 28 comments

Paula is CEO of P Mc & Associates (Professional Management Consultatns). P Mc & Associates is a performance consulting compnay that provides advice, leadership, and value-added assistance in the areas of human resources management, organizational change, personal and professional training and development, strategic planning, marketing, and purblic relations.  Between client projects, Paula serves as a substitute teacher and teaches various core courses (science, math, history, language arts, etc.) at elementary, middle, and high schools in Southern Indiana.  She possesses a State of Indiana Teacher’s Permit.

Paula is a skilled workshop facilitator and speaks nationally to corporations and for women’s retreats, conferences, corporate strategic planning sessions, and non-profit civic organizations.  She has given high-impact presentations to LG&E, AEGON, Spalding University, the University of Louisville, Greater Louisville Inc., the Kentucky County Clerk’s Associations, and many other businesses, non-profit organizations, and churches.

Paula was part of the founding team for the Women 4 Women non-profit organization.  She was nominated for outstanding community service by her respective District Councilwoman, and honored in a ceremony with a beautiful award during the Metro Council Minority Affairs Committee’s Black History Month celebration.  Paula has also been featured in the first-ever publication of Who’s Who in Black Louisville.  


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Phoebe Wood

Posted by on Dec 21, 2011 in Conference, Speakers | 109 comments

Ms. Phoebe A. Wood served as the Chief Financial Officer of Brown-Forman Corporation from February 2001 to April 30, 2008. Ms. Wood served as Executive Vice President of Brown-Forman Corporation from February 2001 to 2007. Ms. Wood joined Brown-Forman in 2001. Prior to that, she served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Propel Inc., a subsidiary of Motorola, Inc., from August 2000 to February 2001. She served as Vice President of Finance, Planning and Control for ARCO Alaska, Inc., from 1996 to 2000 and also for its subsidiaries in Alaska and England. From 1976 to 2000, she served in various financial and administrative positions at Atlantic Richfield Company and several of its affiliates. Ms. Wood serves as Vice Chairman of Lenox Incorporated. She served as Vice Chairman of Brown-Forman Corp., from March 1, 2007 to April 30, 2008. She was a Consultant of Brown-Forman Corporation since April 2008. Ms. Wood has over 28 years of U.S.A and international financial and operational management experience in energy, technology, and consumer products and also served as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the executive teams of four large divisions of Fortune 100 companies. Ms. Wood has been a Director of Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc. since April 22, 2010. She has been a Director of Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. since 2010. She has been an Independent Director of Leggett & Platt Inc. since November 2, 2005 and Invesco Ltd. since January 2010. She has been a Director of Oshkosh B’Gosh Inc. since 2002. She serves as a Director of Brown-Forman Corp. and Angel Investor. She serves as a Trustee of University of Louisville and American Printing House For The Blind Inc. She served as a Director of Propel from August 2000 to February 2001. She is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Smith College. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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W4W Student Chapter Meeting

Posted by on Sep 20, 2011 in meeting | 5 comments

Our next meeting is scheduled for October 7th at 2:00PM in the University Club. We hope to see you there!

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Leadership Conference Interest Meeting

Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 in Conference, Registration | 343 comments

Thank you for your interest in the Kentucky State Leadership Conference for College Women. If you are still interested, we would like to invite you attend a meeting on Wednesday September 21, 2012. It will be held at the University Club Conference room at 5:30 P.M. and it will last until 8:00 P.M. You do not have to stay the entire time. We would just like to meet with each of you briefly. We hope to see you there!

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Cyber Security Event

Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 in Events | 4 comments

In honor of October being cyber security awareness month a Special Agent from the FBI will give about a 30 minutes presentation followed by a Q & A session. The main topics will include: Computer Intrusion, Online Sexual Exploitation, Internet Fraud and she said she might add some stuff about social networking.

When: Friday, October 21, 2011
Time: 2pm-3pm
Where: Chao Auditorium

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Women4Women and Women’s Center Events

Posted by on Sep 14, 2011 in Blog, Diversity, Leadership, Non Conference Speakers | 11 comments

Upcoming Women’s Center Events

Women4Women Meeting/Bowling Event

*Come hear Melvin Turner speak about the 12 steps to success and then enjoy a fun round of bowling on Friday September 16,2011. The meeting begins at 1pm!

Cyber Security Guest Speaker

* Come hear Matt Witten, chief information security officer, speak on cyber security on Thursday October 6, 2011.

Women4Women presents: FBI Special Agent Guest Speaker

* Come hear a special agent from the FBI speak about computer intrusion, online sexual exploitation, internet fraud, and social networking. This event with be held in the Chao Auditorium on Friday October 21, 2011 at 2pm.

Cyber Security Workshop

* The Women’s Center invites everyone to bring their personal lap top to the cyber security workshop on Tuesday October 25, 2011. The workshop will be led by Matt Witten, chief information security officer, in the Chao Auditorium at 4pm.

Qdoba Giftcard Contest      

*The Women4Women student group is sponsoring a contest offering a Qdoba giftcard to one lucky winner who has “Liked” the University of Louisville Women’s Center Facebook page. Anyone who has “liked” the page from now until Halloween will be entered into the random drawing.

 Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Gender Equity Award

*This award is named in honor of Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau (1926-1990), who was a constitutional scholar, the first woman to serve as chair of the UofL history department, and the first woman chair of the faculty senate. Dr. Tachau was active in pay equity struggles at the university and in many other issues both on campus and in the civic community. Her papers are part of the Women’s Manuscripts Collection in the UofL University Ar-chives and Records Center. For additional information and application, visit the Women’s Center web site at

Nomination Deadline: October 7, 2011

Award is given to someone who:

 Is a member of the U of L community

 Works toward gender equity

 Works to increase women’s self-reliance

 Highlights women’s contributions toward all cultures and societies


Dr. M. Celeste Nichols Professional Development Award


*Presented by the University of Louisville Women’s Center

Application Deadline: October 7, 2011

For criteria, guidelines and application please visit The Women’s Center online at

The University of Louisville Women’s Center announces the ninth annual Dr. M. Celeste Nichols Award (2011). Graduate students are invited to apply for an award – up to $500 – that will support academic and professional enrichment beyond normal graduate program expenses. The award will be given on November 16th at the U of L Women’s Center Elizabeth Cady Stanton Luncheon.

Examples of activities eligible for funding include:

 Registration fees, lodging, or travel expenses for an academic confer-ence at which the recipient will present a paper or attend as a partici-pant

 Registration fees, lodging, or travel expenses for attendance at a leader-ship institute

 Expenses related to creating or staging a significant work in the visual or performing arts as part of the student’s professional education

 Costs associated with submitting an article or articles for publication

 Membership dues for a professional association




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Follow on Facebook and win!

Posted by on Sep 13, 2011 in Blog, Contests, Events | 3 comments

Follow us on Facebook between now and Halloween and you could win a FREE $20 Qdoba gift card. We will draw one winner from our Facebook followers at 3 p.m. EDT Oct. 31st.

Our Facebook page features all of the events and activities that are happening at the Women’s  Center. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to participate…and maybe win some free Qdoba.Qdoba





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