Phyllis Robinette Burns, KAWE President 2023, accepts the “happy brick” from outgoing president, Alexia Georgiou.

Phyllis Robinette Burns, Owner and CEO of Burns Mailing & Printing, told her story of how she and her husband built a printing business from a garage operation to a full-service operation, which offers promotional products, graphic design, digital printing, offset printing, list acquisition, direct mail advertising, graphic design, high-speed smart inserting, laser personalization, geo-coding, and personalized postcards.

Charme Allen, Knoxville County District Attorney, addresses KAWE members at the April 2022 luncheon on her work addressing crime

Tanika Harper, Founder and CEO, Shora Foundation, Roots Collective, our 2021 Lucy Webb Gibson Notable Woman Awardee, describes the strength and perseverance required to achieve success

Rhonda Paulson, Founder and Executive Director of Isaiah 117, addresses KAWE members at the February luncheon

Member Cara Knapp, principal architect at oysk3 architects, working with the Loudon County Habitat for Humanity in Women Build Days, helping to lead the crew

Members Drocella Mugorewera, Executive Director of Bridge Refugee Services and Chef Eva Andres, private chef

President-elect Jackie Bichsel and Membership Chair Rose Conway-Cox welcome new members Bing Cao, Alexia Georghiou, and Teresa Matherly.

Founding member Pat Crumley tells the KAWE origins story and provides the historical perspective for drawing together professional women for support, development, and networking when the world of work was primarily for men.

Members Mary Beth Ramey, Director of Development at the VMC, and Janice Spoone, initiator of our sock and toiletries collection for VMC residents, displaying contributions

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.

Honoring the memory of our Lucy Gibson and her contributions to KAWE and the community

“Son, do the right thing.”–Febb Ensminger Burn (1873-1945)

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

Member 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.

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Our mission: 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 group meets on the second Thursday of each month. 

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.

Scholarship committee members Susan Fowlkes, Rader Hayes, and Stacy Palado recognize our 2022 Marcia Katz Scholarship winner,  Kelli Determan, with a check for $2,500. Kelli is in Electrical Engineering with an Honors Concentration and a minor in Leadership Studies at the Tickle College of Engineering. 

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

Martha Boggs, Owner and Chef of The Bistro at the Bijou

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


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