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Learn more about our Interim CEO, Ann Coffey

Ann is the founder and co-creator of forte, llc a coaching and consulting practice.  She has been a creator, builder and improver of organizations for 25 years. Her goal is to bring out the best in people and organizations to accomplish an important mission.  Ann’s area of expertise includes strategic planning, leadership development, team building, fundraising and communications.

Ann served as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Advancement at the University of Louisville from 2011 to 2017. In this role, she assisted the Vice President in the implementation of the university’s fundraising campaigns and oversaw the business and human resources office.  In this position, she led the Talent Management effort as well as strategic planning for the unit. Prior to joining the University of Louisville, Ann was President & CEO of Women 4 Women (W4W). Founded in 1993, W4W is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and economic well-being of women and girls in Louisville, Kentucky.  Other career highlights include serving in Governor Martha Layne Collins’ administration as a special assistant to the Governor organizing the first Bluegrass State Games and coordinating the Governor’s educational efforts across the state. Following the Collins’ administration, she worked for the Presbyterian Church, USA and Doe Anderson Advertising and Public Relations.  In 1998, Ann founded her own consulting business, Z Marketing Co. Her list of clients included the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Miami-Dade Community College, the University of Maryland’s James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership; and the National Center for Diversity.

In 1995, Ann was selected as a National Leadership Kellogg Fellow, which provides a three-year experiential education for emerging leaders to address societal and community issues.  Ann earned her BA from the University of Kentucky and her Masters of Science for Positive Organizational Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University. In addition, she holds certifications in Leadership Coaching, in Emotional Intelligent Leadership, 360 Emotional Social Competency Inventory and Appreciative Inquiry.

Ann enjoys the outdoors, athletic activities and international travel.  Her passions include mountain climbing, high altitude trekking and introducing groups to outdoor experiences. In 2013, she completed her goal of reaching the highest points of all 50 US states, an endeavor that took 12 years.  She is recognized as the first Kentuckian to achieve this goal.

Ann has served on many non-profits boards.  Most recently she has served on the boards of the National Kellogg Leadership Alliance, Anchal Project and Louisville Public Media.