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NKY chamber Women's Initiative to Host Sixth Anniversary Breakfast

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Initiative is one of the largest professional women’s groups in the area and they will be celebrating their 6th anniversary in 2015.  To kick off the year, their Annual Breakfast will be held on January 28th at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington.

At the breakfast, the 2nd annual Spirit of Achievement award, sponsored by The Bank of Kentucky, will be presented to one deserving woman.   The Spirit of Achievement award honors women who have made a significant impact upon the progress of the Women’s Initiative, had career success and been active in the community.  Last year’s recipient was Wonda Winkler of the Brighton Center. 

Susan Topmiller of Kenton County Attorney’s office, one of the co-chairs of the event says, “The Annual Breakfast is the event in which we all come together to celebrate the work the Women’s Initiative is doing.  It’s amazing how many lives the programs are touching-from the mentor/mentee program, to the roundtables to the events - evidence of the mark that women in business are making on Northern Kentucky!”

Linda RottenbergMs. Linda Rottenberg, author of the recently released book Crazy is a Compliment, will present this year’s keynote presentation.  Named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by US News & World Report and one of 100 “innovators for the 21st century” by TIME, Ms. Rottenberg is one of the world’s most dynamic and respected experts on entrepreneurship, business opportunities in emerging markets and innovative leadership for the new economy.

Co-Chair Kamela Barrier with Cors and Bassett added, “The entrepreneurial environment is on fire here!  We are extremely excited to have Linda Rottenberg as our speaker this year. She is incredibly dynamic in her approach to entrepreneurial growth for men and women, both nationally and internationally.  I love her message of--if people aren't looking at you like you're a bit crazy, then you probably aren’t thinking big enough.  Crazy is indeed a compliment, particularly when you're trying to do something new and I'm looking forward to hearing her ideas on how to embrace our inner crazy and find the courage to dream big and truly make things happen.”

Reservations for the breakfast are required and can be made by calling 859-578-6384 or online at  The cost is $45 per person for members and $80 for future members.  Corporate tables of $600 are still available.  The admission price includes a copy of the keynote speaker’s new book Crazy is a Compliment.  Registration and networking will begin at 7:00 a.m.  Breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. followed by the keynote presentation.  The event is open to men and women. 

Donations will be accepted at the event for Gateway Community & Technical College’s “Raise the Floor”- a 12 week to 2-year training program designed by women for women.  The program provides training and certification in manufacturing skills and assists with developing support systems women need to be hired and effective in manufacturing positions.  For a list of items needed go to

The title sponsor of the Women’s Initiative is PNC Bank. The presenting sponsor is DHL Express. The speaker sponsor is Toyota.  Attendee gift sponsors are Barnes Dennig and Jeff Wyler Buick.  The Supporting sponsor is HORAN. Event sponsors are: Delta, Fifth Third Bank, Gateway Community & Technical College and St. Elizabeth Healthcare.  

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