Power of the Purse

Third annual BPW & United Way Power of the Purse on April 11 to feature Tierra Kavanaugh (Turner) Wayne

United Way of Paducah-McCracken County and Paducah-River City Business & Professional Women (BPW) will host the third annual Power of the Purse luncheon and silent purse auction on Tuesday, April 11 at 11:30 a.m., at Walker Hall Events Center, 229 Madison Street.  Proceeds benefit the hosts, United Way of Paducah-McCracken County and Paducah-River City BPW.  The title sponsor of the event is Baptist Health Paducah. 

Featured speaker Tierra Kavanaugh (Turner) Wayne, is the CEO of TKT & Associates, Inc., which has become a leader in both supplier and workplace diversity management and professional staffing for the public and private sectors.  In 2004, Wayne was appointed by Governor Ernie Fletcher to serve as the first executive director for the newly created Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment. This officer serves in a senior level advisory capacity to the Governor, the General Assembly, the Kentucky Congressional Delegation and other appropriate government officials. Wayne has also held various management positions with corporations such as BellSouth Mobility, now known as AT&T, American Express and is the founder and previous owner of Executive Courier Express, LLC, a small package express delivery business. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. 

Power of the Purse is being held on Women’s Equal Pay Day and will focus on empowering women in the workplace. Recent U.S. Census Bureau data shows women working full-time, year-round make 80 cents for every dollar a male earns – African American women earn only 66.6 percent, Asian American women 91.9 percent and Hispanic women earning only 60.1 percent of the pay. This data illustrates the need for women to be encouraged and empowered to gain their full value in the workplace.

Advance reservations are required.  Individual tickets are $45, and corporate sponsorships are available. Power of the Purse Founding Members will be recognized. For information, contact Susan Gibson at 270.442.1691 or susan@unitedwaypaducah.org. Reservation deadline is March 27 or sell out date. 


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