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.

Kirby Deal, Executive Director, Women’s Fund, describes their mission of transforming the lives of low-income women and girls in ET, addressing KAWE members July 14, 2022

Denise Rice, the president and CEO of Peak Performance, Inc., and founder of the local chapter of Women in Manufacturing addresses KAWE membership at the May luncheon on leadership, women in STEM training, and professional application

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

Summer Dashe, award-winning news personality on WATE in Knoxville, addresses KAWE members at the March 2022 luncheon on Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), a condition that affects blood flow

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

Erika Biddix, Aught Founder and CEO, describes to KAWE members at their September 2021 luncheon the challenge of launching a national presence

Melissa Knight, Executive Director of the Interfaith clinic, presents at the March luncheon, Gettysvue Country Club.

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

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. We love you, Judy, and will miss you–September 9, 1946-April 9, 2022

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 member Nancy Larson; Toni Pierce, Jessica’s aunt; Rader Hayes, committee chair; Jessica Pierce, scholarship winner; and Elizabeth Ofringa, committee member, recognize our 2021 scholarship winner with a check for $2,500.

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

2021 Winner Tanika Harper, Founder/CEO, Shora Foundation, Roots Collective

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


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