Let Her Speak

Every woman has a story to tell and every story is worth telling.


Our Mission: To give women a voice, to facilitate deeper conversations, and to take action within the community to inspire change and build a stronger support system for women in business.

Our Story: Almost two years ago Catherine Porth had an idea for an event that brought together groups of amazing women across the greater Knoxville area to come to the table, to share their stories, and to have a conversation about their vision for the future of supporting women in business within the community. Over the course of 6 months, she interviewed area businesswomen and asked them about frustrations they had and topics they wanted to discuss.

Out of inspiration from these incredible women came the Let Her Speak Women’s Summit. Thanks to the huge support she received from the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, she has been able to make this idea a reality.

Why Our Program Matters: We are in the midst of an incredibly important point in Women’s History. The conversations are growing louder, and women are continuing to speak up regarding various issues such as sexual harassment, mental health, seeking funding for a new business, and climbing the corporate ladder. In the last year, we have witnessed an 18% increase in women-owned businesses across the US, yet these businesses only account for 26% of all small businesses. Women-owned businesses generate $1.7 trillion in sales each year and employ nearly 9 million people. In Corporate America, the story is a little bleaker. As recently as 1995, there were no female CEOs at a Fortune 500 company. In 2017 we saw the share of female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies at an all-time high of 6.4%. However, this year we saw that share drop to 4.8% with several women leaving these positions.


In East TN, women of all backgrounds are searching for ways to connect with others, find mentors, share their stories, feel empowered, give back to the community, and learn new skills. Let Her Speak is a platform that is greatly needed in our community.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

8:30AM – 2:30PM

$25 in advance / $35 with canvas tote bag


2019 Speakers

Berta Medina-Garcia

Naked and Unafraid

Berta Medina-Garcia is a rare breed of speaker and coach – by infusing “classic” coaching with a healthy dose of discovery and adventure with her specialized trademark of “comfort zone coaching”, she’s revolutionized the path to growth and change for individuals and team members of great organizations at the forefront of making a positive impact on this world.

After years of building, operating and growing her own successful business, she’s taken her experience and love for philanthropy to travel to Africa on a harrowing climb to Mt. Kilimanjaro’s peak as part of a mission trip to change the world for Maasai children.

The mission trip was everything she dreamed it would be and more – it transformed her perspective and offered equal doses of service, adventure, and fulfillment.

And now that’s what Berta offers her clients:  the perspective shift in the way they view themselves and in the way they view their organizations; in the focus they place on their corporate culture and in bringing out the best in all levels of the team to place the organization at the top of the leader board in their industry. With years of business savvy, an adventurous streak, and focus on giving, Berta has developed itineraries that interact with every level of the personal and professional corporate environment.

Arléne Amarante

Arléne Amarante is a first generation Mexican-American who grew up taking long bus rides between the countries. Along the way, she became an immigration attorney and founded a nonprofit law firm where she recruited a team of attorneys to volunteer at detention centers for asylum-seekers. Delving further into asylum and detention work, she became a Fellow at the Immigration Clinic at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is currently working on her dissertation at the University of Edinburgh for a Masters in Social Justice and Community Action. Beginning in the Fall of 2019, Ms. Amarante will be an Assistant Professor of Law at Lincoln Memorial University.

Tanika Harper

But Still I Rise

Ms. Harper is Founder/CEO of a non-profit, Shora Foundation founded in 2008. She is also a Partner and Operation’s Manager in Elite Facility Maintenance, founded in 2011 and Founder of Harper’s Naturals, LLC, founded in 2014.

Ms. Harper is a Knoxville native, graduating from Austin East High School and went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee. She received her Masters in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.

Her dad is a business owner and because of that she always knew that she would own her own business one day. Ms. Harper believes that owning a business definitely takes a village and at times challenging but she wouldn’t change it for the world.

Booth Andrews

Weaving Play Into the Fabric of How You Live Your Life

Booth Andrews helps build strong, effective, resilient leaders and humans by acting as a mentor and guide through strategic coaching, consulting, educational programs and public speaking. She has 20 years of experience leading individuals, teams and organizations through strategic, operational, and cultural growth and transformation. Her multi-disciplinary, professional experience includes 10 years in commercial real estate, 6 years as the CEO of a regional non-profit, and more than 10 years of consulting in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She has been licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee since 1997. Since 2015, in addition to her independent consulting practice, Booth has been a trainer, mentor and consultant for the Alliance for Better Nonprofits and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center.

Booth has completed 3 olympic-distance triathlons, 2 half-marathons, has been a Crossfitcompetitor, and a fitness instructor.

Booth’s long track record of community involvement includes: City of Knoxville Industrial Development Board, Executive Women’s Association, University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Women’s Council, University of Tennessee at Knoxville Chancellor’s Associates, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, United Way of Greater Knoxville, Nucleus Knoxville, the Alpha Delta Chapter of Sigma Kappa Corporation Board, and the University of Tennessee College of Law Alumni Advisory Council. Booth is a graduate of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2006, was named to the Inaugural Class of ’40 Under 40′ by the Knoxville Business Journal in 2007, and was a 2012 Finalist for the YWCA’s Tribute to Women.

Booth has three children who are her heart, and she loves fresh flowers, riding her road bike, swimming, naps, screened in porches, and lifting heavy things.

Judith Rosenberg

Embracing My Inner JOGO (Joy of Getting Older)

Judith Rosenberg is a proud Knoxville, Tennessee native and current Knoxville citizen. Professionally, her roots are in marketing and she’s at her happiest when she’s helping clients and organizations blow past their goals and fulfill their missions through expert marketing, branding and story-sharing. She feels very fortunate to have woven together a successful career with experiences spanning the not-for-profit, corporate, and consulting sectors. She’s worked with Fortune 50 companies on global marketing strategies, led summer trips for teenagers to Israel, rebuilt and rebranded organizations, programs and fundraisers…and also been a leader and a player on some outstanding teams. She’s learned a lot of lessons and had a ton of fun along the way. Judith is also a reformed couch potato and a proud Crossfitter(she’s not that good, but always tries!). She volunteers her time at a few different places around town, and loves cooking, having fun adventures with friends and family, reading, and watching too much television.

Charlene Izere 

Wake-up with Charlene

Public health specialist turned multi-passionate entrepreneur, Charlene Izere helps fellow entrepreneurially-minded women create healthy systems to maximize their income & impact. Founder of the BossFit Method, Charlene guides her clients through the fundamental correlation between their health and their wealth, and she helps her “BossFit Tribe” maximize their income and impact through exercise regimens, routine optimization, and mindset shaping. Most recently, Charlene founded Melanin & Money, a social movement and community dedicated towards helping entrepreneurially-minded women of color grow their network and net worth. When she’s not strategizing with her clients or speaking at events, Charlene enjoys playing video games, making cocktails, and binge watching reality TV.