Becky Hancock, Executive Director of the Tennessee Theatre presents a history of the theater at the September 2020 meeting, Gettysvue Country Club

President Nancy Hickman presides at the July 2020 meeting, Gettysvue Country Club

In-person and virtual meeting in the time of COVID-19 with speaker Alexia Georghiou, Founder, Knoxville Happiness Coalition & Life Betterment Through God

Virtual meeting in the time of COVID-19 with speaker Kim Bumpas, President, Visit Knoxville

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

Member Professor Zaineb Ahmed (“Doctor A” as her students call her) in her microbiology lab at the Pellissippi State Strawberry Plains Campus, describing the streaking plate method to obtain isolated colonies of a bacteria using different agar media

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

Shelby Ooten, CEO of Vinea, addresses KAWE members on the benefits of mentoring other professional women

Chef Eva Andres demonstrates how to cook curry with Abigail Knapp assisting, an up-and-coming KAWE member.

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

Member Judy Robinson, Managing Director of the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble, thanks everyone participating in the 2019 Annual Benefit Auction featuring dinner and a performance of the TCDE troup. Profits from the auction support the TCDE’s Community Cultural and Minority Enrichment Program, “Children Helping Children,” an outreach initiative for rural and inner city students and their teachers.

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.

Members 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

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

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.

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 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 Thomas

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


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