The Women’s Leadership Salon has a new time and a new meeting place.

Join us for lunch at the Rothchild Catering & Conference Center for the next in our new interview series;

The Women Who…

Meet and learn from some of East Tennessee’s most powerful women leaders. Network with like-minded women who are interested in growing their leadership skills and potential. The Women’s Leadership Salon is held on the second Thursday of July, September, November, January, and March.

September 13 ( 11:30 am to 1:00 pm )

The Women Who...Bring Justice

TN Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee & Chief of Police, KPD, Eve Thomas

TN Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee

Justice Sharon G. Lee was appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2008 and retained by the voters in 2010 and 2014. Justice Lee served as Chief Justice from 2014 to 2016. From 2004 to 2008, she served on the Tennessee Court of Appeals, being the first woman to serve on the Eastern Section of the Court in its 79-year history. She is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States.

Before her appointment to the bench, Justice Lee practiced law in her hometown of Madisonville from 1978 until 2004 where she was the attorney for Monroe County, the City of Madisonville, and the City of Vonore, in addition to private practice clients. She also served as the Madisonville municipal judge. Justice Lee was a Rule 31 listed family mediator with advanced family domestic violence training.

Justice Lee graduated from the Webb School of Knoxville, attended Vanderbilt University, and received a degree in Business Administration with high honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Chief of Police, KPD, Eve Thomas

Eve Thomas was named Knoxville Police Department’s Chief of Police in June 2018, becoming the first woman to lead the KPD.  Prior to taking the head post with KPD, as deputy chief Thomas commanded the Criminal Investigations Division and before that the Internal Affairs Unit.

Thomas has worked with KPD for 25 years, starting her service as a patrol officer and steadily working her way up the ranks. Included in her years of service are roles as training office, assistant public information officer, recruitment coordinator, and more.  She has extensive experience as an instructor in policing, including a stint as an adjunct faculty member at Walters State Community College as a Domestic Violence/Terrorism Instructor. She taught a class in conflict resolution and mediation for SCOPE (Southeastern Community Oriented Policing Education Institute).

The Chief has received attended numerous training programs, including the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) in Boston, LEEDA’s Executive Leadership Survival course, and the IACP Women’s Leadership program.

Chief Thomas has a Master’s Degree from Long Island University’s Homeland Security Master’s Institute and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  She has instructed and developed lesson plans for courses in Community and Problem Oriented Policing, Accreditation, Officer Safety for Women and Traffic Accident Investigations as well as serving as a Police Driving Instructor when needed.  She is a member of the Salvation Army Board, is immediate Past-Chair of the Knox County Community Health Council, Leadership Knoxville 2013 class, and the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, the IACP, PERF, the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), and works with the Tennessee Women in Criminal Justice Steering Committee.  She has been married to her husband, Karl, for 30 years and has two teenage boys.

Our thanks go to our July Salon – Women Who…Make Change:

Kimberly Peterson & Caroline Mann

Organizers of the Knoxville Women’s March for sharing their challenges & lessons learned.

Caroline Mann

Caroline is a Knoxville native who has returned to Tennessee to work, study, and raise her three children and their various pets. She was inspired to join the Women’s March movement in January 2017 and has helped to organize both the inaugural March in Knoxville in 2017 and its successor in 2018. She has since joined with colleagues and fellow-March organizers to form the Women’s March Coalition of East Tennessee, and with other organizations to form the East Tennessee Community Labs.

Caroline recently earned her MS in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee, where she also works in the Office of Institutional Research. She also has an MBA from the College of William and Mary, and a BA in German from Wake Forest University. She is happy to talk data to you, or to wax poetic in German over a good German beverage.

Kimberly Peterson

Kimberly Peterson currently serves as the Spokesperson for the Women’s March Coalition of East Tennessee.  Her previous career experience as a Development Director with non-profit organizations such as United Way and American Cancer Society gave her a strong foundation for organizing special events.  As a longtime activist, she also serves as a Community Outreach Lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Kimberly is a “military brat” who grew up living throughout the United States and abroad but whose heart has always remained in East Tennessee. She is currently pursuing her MA degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.  She has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from James Madison University.  She is the mother of four children who enjoys working on social justice issues, as well as traveling, camping, and indulging her love of documentary films.

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