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Daughters of Greatness 2022

The “Daughters of Greatness” breakfast series honors prominent women engaged in social change, activism, and pursuits of justice. The stories and reflections they share are motivational to some people, transformative to others, and inspirational to all. 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. For reservations or more information, contact Erin Herbert at

If you would like to nominate a Daughter of Greatness, please click here!

COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures: To maintain the safety of our event, all guests and staff must wear masks over their nose and mouth unless eating or drinking. Upon arrival, all guests must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination (digital or card-copy) or negative results from a PCR test taken no more than 3 days prior to the event. Please be prepared to show verification of vaccine or test when you arrive. Event capacity will be limited. Please reserve your tickets today!


  • Brown-Forman
  • Mary Casey
  • Family Scholar House
  • Ingrid Gentry
  • Dr. Alexandra Gerassimides
  • Alice Houston, HJI Solutions
  • PNC Bank
  • The Glenview Trust Company
  • Catering Sponsor:  The Bristol Catering



Nöella Coursaris Musunka

April 29, 2022

Noëlla Coursaris Musunka, a Congolese/Cypriot philanthropist and international model, is the Founder & CEO of Malaika, a grassroots nonprofit that educates and empowers girls and communities in her home country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo through a school, a community center, and a comprehensive clean water program. A unique and fearless spokesperson, and the face of leading beauty and fashion campaigns across the globe, Noëlla is a voice for the power of girls’ education worldwide. Founded in 2007, Malaika’s education and health programs are today impacting thousands of lives and are all offered free of charge. Crucially, Malaika acts as a local model that can be replicated on a global level. Noëlla has shared her insight at a number of world-class forums spanning the World Economic Forum in Davos to the university halls of Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, and MIT. In 2017, Noëlla was named one of the BBC’s 100 Most Influential & Inspirational Women of the Year, and in 2018, she received an award at the 100 Years of Mandela celebration. She is also an Advisor at Concordia and an Ambassador for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Learn more about Malaika at



Nzinga Garvey

June 3, 2022

As the granddaughter of Pan-Africanists Marcus Mosiah Garvey and Amy Jacques Garvey, Nzinga Garvey proudly continues the tradition of ‘faithful service’ to elevate our collective consciousness and celebrate our collective humanity. The Garvey legacy has left an indelible mark as evidenced by the global internalization of Black Pride, Black Excellence, Black Power and Black Beauty.

Ms. Garvey’s career path is one of fearless transitions leading her to be a substantive agent of change in the behavioral health space. Ms. Garvey currently serves as General Manager at LivingWell (a business unit of UrgentPoint Medical Group) that specializes in the delivery of hybrid medical and psychiatric services to support the unmet health and wellness needs of behavioral/mental health patients. In this role, she works collaboratively with addiction, integrative and functional medicine specialists; forging a new healthcare experience committed to whole-person care. Ms. Garvey remains committed to the use of technology as a means to enhance the patient experience and to deliver increased measured health outcomes.

Throughout her career, Ms Garvey has lent her talents to serve humanitarian interests that included working with Bono and ONE to launch a social media incubator to combat energy poverty, Akon and Samsung Africa to launch Smart Health, a mobile health and wellness app focused on providing accurate baseline information on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria as well as Peace One Day (Peace Day concert in Goma, Congo on September 21, 2014) to engage a global community in its celebration and observance of sustained peace (the televised/streamed concert reached 65 million+ global viewers).

Most recently, Ms. Garvey is working with McGill University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences on a signature program initiative, One Health, designed to address healthcare disparities by providing scholarships and other needed resources to POC medical students. In addition, One Health will mold the academic curriculum to include extensive training that develops more culturally competent/sensitive healthcare providers.

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