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!


The Muhammad Ali Center invites individuals and organizations to support the Daughters of Greatness series by becoming 2019 Daughters of Greatness Breakfast Club members! As Table Sponsors, you will receive the entire 6-event series for the price of 5 events!

Additional benefits include:

  • A table reserved for every Daughters of Greatness event in 2019.
  • Free tickets to the Museum and discounts in the Ali Center retail store.
  • Public recognition of your organization at the event, in the Ali Center lobby, and on related materials.

Finally, your sponsorship of the Daughters of Greatness series will help steward the legacy of Muhammad Ali by providing the Muhammad Ali Center with resources to make a significant impact in education and gender equity issues on a local and national scale. If you are interested in becoming a Table Sponsor, please complete your Breakfast Club enrollment through our online portal by clicking here or by copying the following link in to your browser: 19291.blackbaudhosting.com/19291/Daughters-of-Greatness-2019-Breakfast-Club.

Thank you to our 2019 Daughters of Greatness Breakfast Club Table Sponsors: Dr. Alex Gerassimides, Attica Scott, State Representative, KY House District 41, Bellarmine University, Brown-Forman, Family Scholar House, Hyatt Regency Louisville, Mary Casey – KY Financial Group, Metro United Way, PNC Bank, and The Glenview Trust Company.

For more information, please contact Erin Herbert, eherbert@alicenter.org.


Elmer Lucille Allen
Friday, January 18th

Elmer Lucille Allen has been known for her volunteer service to the artistic community since the early 80s.  A native of Louisville, Kentucky, who graduated from Central High School (1949), Nazareth College, now Spalding University (Bachelor of Science, 1953) and University of Louisville (Masters of Studio Arts, 2002).

In the 1980s, she was the president of the Kentucky Coalition for AFRO-American Arts, Inc. This organization received a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council to document African American artists in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. And in 1986 she was awarded the Governor’s Community Arts Awards for contributions to the arts in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Nancy Gall-Clayton wrote a play about her.

2018 was a phenomenal year for her. She received five awards for her contribution to the arts and to the community as a whole. She was the curator/director of Wayside Christian Mission’s Wayside Expression Gallery for twelve years (2005-2017).  In 2015 she received the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Craft’s Art and Advocacy Award. Was the recipient of the2011 Spalding University’s Caritas Medal  - Highest Alumnus Award.

Currently, she is serving on the Metro Louisville Commission on Public Art (COPA), Frazier Museum – Women’s Suffrage committee, and several committees for the Louisville Central Community Center.  She is a member of several organizations - Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists, Louisville Clay, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, West Louisville Women’s Collaborative, etc.

Hannah Drake
Friday, February 22nd

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Hannah L Drake is a blogger, activist, public speaker, poet, and the author of 9 books. She writes commentary on politics, feminism, and race and her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine. Hannah has presented at the Idea Festival, curated performances for the Festival of Faiths, partnered with The Louisville Ballet for their Choreographer’s Showcase, and exhibited her visual art and poetry at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and 1619 Flux. Her poem “Spaces” was selected by the National Academy of Medicine for a national art exhibit about health equity. Hannah was selected as a 2017 Hadley Creative by the Community Foundation of Louisville and Creative Capital and her work has been honored by the Kentucky Alliance of Against Racist and Political Repression. Her message is thought-provoking and at times challenging, but Hannah believes it is in the uncomfortable spaces that change can take place. “My sole purpose in speaking and writing is not that I entertain you. I am trying to shake a nation.”



Veronika Scott
Friday, April 12th 

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Founder of 'The Empowerment Plan', a Detroit-based social enterprise, Veronika Scott has built an organization that began around a single idea: to design a coat that transforms into a sleeping bag for homeless people. That idea has now transformed into a system of empowerment that creates jobs to permanently lift people out of poverty. The production staff, which is composed of previously homeless women and men, has proven that Empowerment Plan is radically changing workforce development. Each employee is paid to learn how to produce the coat, employed full time, and is also provided with supplemental education programming. This opportunity gives employees a chance to earn a stable income, find secure housing, and gain back independence for themselves and their families.

Veronika is the youngest recipient of the JFK New Frontier Award and received an honorary doctorate from Johnson State College. She is a winner of the IDEA Gold Award, the Diane von Furstenberg People’s Voice Award, and has been named one of Forbes 30 Under 30, Chronicle of Philanthropy's 40 Under 40, and CNN’s 10 Visionary Women. Her organization's story has been told at the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Forbes 400 Philanthropy Summit, and on other platforms across the globe. It is supported and promoted by the likes of Oprah, Madonna, and Warren Buffett.


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