The Women in Manufacturing - Louisville Chapter hosted its Inspiring Women Speaker series on Tuesday, October 1 at the Louisville Assembly Plant to bring manufacturing professionals together with emerging women leaders to share perspectives on themes presented by distinguished keynote speakers.
This event featured guest speaker Theresa Reno-Weber, President and Chief Executive Officer for Metro United Way. Since her appointment in 2016, Theresa Reno-Weber has been instrumental in developing new partnership channels and creative ways of connecting the Kentuckiana community even in the shadow of recent funding cuts.
Prior to her current role, she was the first Chief of Performance and Technology for Louisville Metro Government where she helped launch the internally-recognized OPI Team and LouieStat program. She has spoken in the U.S. and abroad on performance management, data-driven decision making and culture change, and she co-authored a chapter in the book Beyond Transparency. In 2015, Government Technology named Reno-Weber one of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers.
A graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy and former Lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard, she earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and previously worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Throughout the lunch time program, Reno-Weber shared stories and experiences from her childhood where she touched on her struggles in school and how it helped her realize the importance of personal support systems and the benefits of school readiness within the family unit. She also shared how her time in the military helped forged a path into public service and advocacy, and how her passion for collaboration has led to the launch of the latest United Way program, United Community.
"Ford has been a strong supporter of the United Way for many years and it was great to hear about the impact that our donations make in the local community," said LAP HR Manager Chris Peace. "I know that Theresa’s visit to WiM is already making an impact on our plans for our 2019 United Way campaign and how we can greater serve our surrounding communities."