Who’s That Girl? Bridgett Smith

BRIDGETT SMITH Bridgett was born and raised in Louisville as one of sixteen grandchildren in the Portland area. She attended Roosevelt-Perry Elementary and Western Middle School. After her family moved to the Victory Park neighborhood, she attended Seneca High School. Bridgett started working at age fourteen and held jobs at Wendy’s, PNC Bank, and Riverside Parking. She participated in the Black Achievers program and was President of the NAACP Youth Council. Following her high school graduation, Bridgett landed a full-time position with Humana, and in 1995, began working for Ford Motor Company as an assembly [...]

Who’s That Girl? Eden Bridgeman

EDEN BRIDGEMAN OWNER, CHAIRWOMAN & CEO Of EBONY JET #image_title Eden Bridgeman Sklenar is an entrepreneur, media proprietor, and marketing executive who is currently the owner, Chairwoman and CEO of the iconic brands EBONY and Jet since their acquisition in 2021. She also serves as the CMO of Manna, Inc., which is the parent company that incorporates over 500 restaurant franchises that include Wendy’s, Fazoli’s, Golden Coral, Jimmy Johns and Mark’s Feed Store, and has led in this capacity since 2016. Eden was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Louisville, [...]

By |2024-04-09T17:24:08-04:00April 9, 2024|Community, Digital Exclusives, Who's That Girl|

Who’s That Girl? Adria Johnson

ADRIA JOHNSON President & CEO of Metro United Way Adria Johnson embodies hope, integrity, humanity and has focused her career on lifting some of society’s most vulnerable populations and being of service to others. She is a dedicated and well-respected servant leader with almost three decades of hands-on experience in both the public and private sectors. Ms. Johnson’s proven ability to lead efforts toward reform and work collaboratively across a wide range of stakeholders have served her well not only in her current position of President and Chief Executive Officer for Metro United Way, but [...]

By |2024-03-26T16:52:57-04:00March 26, 2024|Community, Digital Exclusives, Who's That Girl|


TANELLE SAWYER PRESIDENT OF YPAL Tanelle Sawyer is a visionary leader with a keen focus on innovation, engagement, and empowerment, particularly through education. As the Associate Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development at The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), she works tirelessly to enhance partnerships that bridge opportunity gaps and boost economic mobility across Kentucky. Sawyer also serves as the President of The Young Professional Association of Louisville (YPAL), where she champions the development of young professionals, recognizing their crucial role in the city's vitality. Her work intersects education, workforce, and economic [...]

By |2024-02-29T18:28:46-05:00February 29, 2024|Community, Digital Exclusives, Who's That Girl|

Who’s That Girl? Marita A. Willis

Marita A. Willis is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. She and her husband, Robert E. Willis, grew up together in the Park Hill neighborhood, married 48 years ago, had two beautiful children, and built their life here in the bluegrass state. She attended the University of Louisville and has built a career in the banking industry and the non-profit sector. She is a champion for her community and is dedicated to removing barriers, cultivating a sense of purpose and empowering people to rise above their circumstances. She worked at PNC Bank as the Vice President [...]

By |2024-01-26T13:47:17-05:00January 26, 2024|Community, Digital Exclusives, Who's That Girl|


SHELLY DENSLEY DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATIONS  TBAINAND CO, LLC As the Director of Administration and Operations at TBainand Co, LLC, Shelly is a driven and compassionate business professional with a strong and progressive background in all aspects of business administration and operations. She is dedicated to establishing high standards of practice, fostering open communication within and between departments, and enhancing productivity and efficiency across various environments. She also plays a crucial role in implementing necessary changes to programs and policies in collaboration with corporate leadership, resulting in increased efficiency at all levels of the [...]

By |2023-11-11T09:01:42-05:00November 11, 2023|Who's That Girl|
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