From left: Jessica Bird, Aimee Jewell, Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, Sharon Kerrick, Eden Bridgeman

Five alumnae and friends of the university were selected for the 2019 Business Women First program. The program honors professional women who are making a difference in business and in the community, according to Louisville Business First, the sponsor of the event. 

The UofL-related honorees are Mary Ellen Wiederwohl ’96; Sharon Kerrick ’03, ’04, ’08; Eden Bridgeman ’08; Aimee Jewell ’13; and Jessica Bird, a friend and supporter of the university.

Wiederwohl, a School of Music graduate, is the chief of Louisville Forward and was recognized as the “Woman of Influence.” 

Kerrick, dean of the W. Fielding Rubel School of Business at Bellarmine University, was recognized as “Mentor of the Year” by the publication. 

Bridgeman, chief marketing officer of Manna Inc., and Jewell, engagement specialist for Leadership Louisville Center and president of the Young Professional Association of Louisville, were both named “Women to Watch.” 

Finally, Bird, a New York Times bestselling author for her Black Dagger Brotherhood series, was recognized as a “Woman of Achievement.” She is a supporter of the UofL and is involved in UofL Athletics as both a football and basketball ticket holder. 

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