Our Mission

Bourbon Women is THE organization for women who are passionate about Bourbon culture, women and the promise of adventure when the two are combined.

As an independent forum bringing women of all walks of life together over a glass of bourbon, our focus is to:

  • Initiate, cultivate & inspire deep meaningful relationships.
  • Encourage the development of women personally, professionally and courageously, supporting members in their journey to become the best versions of themselves.
  • Provide a safe inclusive environment for fun, discovery and learning.

Letter from our Founder

From one Bourbon Woman to another,

It was more of a pent-up feeling. Knowing for my entire life that I watched women enjoying bourbon, yet the industry did not recognize this market. As a Master Bourbon Taster it felt awkward to me, conducting tasting programs around the world where women sat in the back of the room and only asked questions afterwards. Working both inside and outside of the industry, a quest began to design the perfect platform to start the conversation with women, not a commercial sales pitch and advance their interest in spirits. And that is exactly what we did. We first reached out to YOU to start the conversation. And, we thank you. Read More…

Leadership

Heather Wibbels

Managing Director

Former Chair of the Board

Takes Her Bourbon
Whatever I’m in the mood for, cocktails, neat or on the rocks.

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
Mixing drinks and fostering for the Kentucky Humane Society

Margaret Horlander

Chair of the Board

Takes Her Bourbon
I love a well-made sour or old fashioned, but will take my bourbon however I can get it.

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
Hosting dinner parties (when there isn’t a pandemic in town!)

Steffani Scheurich

Vice Chair

Takes Her Bourbon
In an Old Fashioned

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
Sailing

Deb Copeland

Secretary

Takes Her Bourbon
Neat, occasionally rocks, with two cubes plus twist of lemon. My cocktail is a Manhattan

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
In the garden, reading, golf

Carol Ormay

BW Branch Liaison, Director of Operations

Takes Her Bourbon
Neat or with light ice or in a Cocktail Contessa Concoction

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
Reading or golfing

Peggy Noe Stevens

Founder & Chair Emeritus

Takes Her Bourbon
On the rocks with one big ice cube, or a Black Manhattan always UP!

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
Creating culinary magic in the kitchen and gardening

Sarah Bryant

Director

Takes Her Bourbon
One large rock 😉

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
I love being outside when the weather permits. A good run or a bike ride.

Alicia Burton

Director

Takes Her Bourbon
Neat or however it’s poured in my glass

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
Kayaking and traveling

Felicia Corbett

Director

Takes Her Bourbon
Neat, With a Side of Rocks

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
Crafting Cocktails and Cultivating Fun Whiskey Experiments

Erica Fields

Director

Takes Her Bourbon
On the rocks. Her favorite cocktail is a Manhattan, up.

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
Being active in the theatre and arts scene in Louisville

Sarah Hackman

Director

Takes Her Bourbon
Older and on the rocks

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
Reading or cooking

Eulalia House

Director

Takes Her Bourbon
Neat, but won’t say no to on the rocks or in a cocktail

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
Reading

Eboni Major

Director

Takes Her Bourbon
In a tasting glass at 20% ABV for scientific purposes lol. Or on the rocks.

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
Doing some yoga, playing with her Goldendoodle, or antiquing for unique glassware

Carol Otto

Director

Takes Her Bourbon
On the rocks

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
On an airplane, a Harley Davidson, or a golf course

Trina Summers

Director

Takes Her Bourbon
Neat, on ice, or in a Manhattan straight up

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
Enjoying the outdoors, camping, hiking, boating, and gardening

Hamilton Thiersch

Director

Takes Her Bourbon
Neat

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
Traveling, playing tennis

Cynthia Torp

Director

Takes Her Bourbon
Over a round ice cube

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
Cooking, gardening or hiking

Susan Reigler

Advisory Board Member, Past President

Takes Her Bourbon
Neat, with a rock, in a cocktail. Depends on the bourbon!

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
Playing one of my brass instruments or reading.

Kerri Richardson

Past President

Takes Her Bourbon
Full proof, neat

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
Developing communications strategies for public and private sector clients; playing with my two young daughters; scrolling for antique silver servingware

Maggie Kimberl

Past President

Takes Her Bourbon
However you’re serving it

When Not Sipping, You’ll Find Her
Browsing vintage vinyl with her two boys or tending her homegrown tomatoes

Want to Start a Branch?

Want to bring Bourbon Women to your city? Our Branch Ambassadors donate time, event planning skills & their networks to start a branch in their city.

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