Mayor Madeline Rogero, a Lucy Gibson Notable Woman recipient and honorary member of KAWE, first female mayor of Knoxville,addresses members at our November luncheon.

Kathy Ehrnschwender, Laura Barron, LaVance Davis, and Michele Cox attended a women’s giving circle luncheon “100 Women Who Care.” The awardee was the Florence Crittenton Agency. See

Michele Cox volunteers in The Love Kitchen, which provides meals, clothing, and emergency food packages to homebound, homeless and unemployed people of all races and faiths. The Love Kitchen has no paid staff and relies on volunteers to provide the community with nourishment and a community center for local children and their families.

Members thank Chief Thomas after a captivating speech.

Patricia Robledo, Knoxville Business Liaison and winner of the KAWE Lucy Gibson Notable Woman Award 2017, contributes her award check to Claudia Caballero, Executive Director, Centro Hispano.

Drocella Mugorewera, Executive Director of Bridge Refugee Services, Inc., at the Leadership Knoxville graduation with KAWE members in attendance: “I searched for this kind of organization for many years. KAWE members help me to grow professionally and support the activities/programs of my organization.”

“The debt that each generation owes to the past, it must pay to the future.”
– Abigail Scott Dunaway

KAWE members participate in Historical Re-enactment Suffrage Parade.

Chef Eva Andres describes life in France on the seashore and how she became a chef in a high pressure, male-dominated profession

Dr. Shirley Raines describes her life leading to a 12-year tenure as President, University of Memphis, and the leadership lessons she learned along the way.

Beth Foister, business analyst and owner of Foister Business Solutions, is a semi-pro frisbee golfer and founder of a local women’s league, Ladies of Knoxville Disc Golf. Beth is pictured here at the Peak One disc golf course in Frisco, Colorado. She also co-founded Planet Rock, a rock-climbing club and gym, in Michigan.


Shannon Coleman Egle, Partner at Kramer, Rayson, LLT, addresses members at our September luncheon.

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Locally founded in 1982, the Knoxville Association of Women Executives (KAWE) is dedicated to advancing its members professionally and personally through networking, mentoring, and leadership opportunities.

The Marcia Katz Scholarship

​To meet our commitment to support women in the business world, the association awards an annual scholarship every fall. Applications are available in the summer. The chosen applicants are those the association feels have the best potential to succeed as professionals.

Committee chair Dianna Mercier and committee members Susan Fowlkes and Jacque Turner recognized our 2019 Marcia Katz Scholarship winner, Madison Ratner, with a check for $1000. Madison has won many awards in her work as a rising professional in nuclear physics. She is a  junior at UTK with, as KAWE membership acknowledged, a stellar future ahead. 

Knoxville Association of Women Executives - The Marcia Katz Scholarship

The Lucy Gibson Notable Woman Award

KAWE named the Notable Woman award after one of its own, Lucy Webb Gibson, to honor her legacy, grace and courage. Lucy had proposed and helped initiate the award.

Patricia Robledo, winner of the Knoxville Association of Women Executives Lucy Gibson Notable Woman Award

2019 Winner Chief of Police Knoxville Eve Thompson

Contact us to learn how you can nominate someone for the Lucy Gibson Notable Woman Award.


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