Daughters logoThe “Daughters of Greatness” breakfast series features prominent women engaged in social philanthropy, activism, and pursuits of justice. The stories and reflections they share are motivational to some people, transformative to others, and inspirational to all. The Ali Center periodically invites these local and international icons to share their stories with the Louisville community. The Daughters of Greatness series provides a place for dialogue and discussion on current issues of justice, community engagement, and social movements within the Louisville area and beyond.

Unless otherwise noted, the format includes a hot breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Seating is limited. Tickets are $20 for Ali Center Members, $25 for non-Members, $15 for students. Tables of 8 and 10 also available. For reservations or more information, contact Erin Herbert at eherbert@alicenter.org.

If you would like to nominate a Daughter of Greatness, please click here!

Check out our Daughters of Greatness Breakfast Club and Sponsorship Opportunity for 2018. Must sign-up by February 1, 2018 here. To become an event sponsor, contact Erin Herbert at eherbert@alicenter.org / (502) 992-5341 or Kelly Watson at kwatson@alicenter.org / (502) 992-5338.

Thank you to our 2018 Daughters of Greatness Breakfast Club Table Sponsors: Brown-Forman Corporation, Hyatt Regency Louisville, The Glenview Trust Company, John and Barb Leshney, Metro United Way, Bellarmine University, Mary Casey, Dr. Alex Gerassmidies, PNC Bank, and Family Scholar House.  


Dr. Olenda Johnson
April 27, 2018 


Dr. Olenda E. Johnson is Professor of Strategic Leadership and Leader Development at the U. S. Naval War College – a graduate-level institution for highly select military officers and civilians. As a lead contributor in the College’s Leadership & Ethics (L&E) directorate, Olenda advises Navy senior leaders, develops strategy, and facilitates team efforts. Most recently, she led the L&E team in developing and teaching a leadership course for 2-Star admirals and senior government executives. Olenda also works with other military units (e.g., U.S. Army Special Forces Command) to support their leader development.

A passionate teacher and educator, Olenda thrives on helping others learn and grow – whether an undergraduate student, a nursing professional, a Bible study participant, or a senior military leader. As an invited speaker and facilitator, she shares her experiences and knowledge with people in other organizations to instill in them the courage and confidence to lead in their unique circumstance. Olenda is driven to help others value themselves, their talents, and the impact they can have on their families, their work, and their communities.

Olenda earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Pittsburgh, and both a B. S. and MBA from Florida A&M University. Prior to   joining the War College, she was a tenured professor at North Carolina A&T State University. She also held previous visiting faculty appointments at the U.S. Army War College and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Mostly, Olenda finds the greatest joy in serving others – whether professionally, within her faith community, or among family and friends.

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