Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume IVREMARKABLE WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.
Deborah Knight J.D. is the Founder and President of Women’s Executive Club (WEC), LLC. The club is a professional organization exclusively for women executives, professionals, and business owners. It offers its members the right connections, knowledge, and resources to accelerate their careers.
Ms. Knight’s professional career began at the University of Kansas, where she earned a BS degree in Business. She later returned to earn a JD from the University of Kansas School of Law, which she completed in a two-year accelerated program.
Prior to founding WEC, Ms. Knight enjoyed a career as a successful trial attorney and also worked as an advisor for two Fortune 500 financial firms. Her interest in helping other professional women and business owners stemmed from her own experiences in overcoming obstacles in traditionally male-dominated industries. Furthermore, as a divorced mother, busy professional, and entrepreneur, she knew that it was important to have a network of peers to access the right connections, knowledge, and resources. With this insight and experience, Ms. Knight created WEC to empower professional women across the nation and beyond.
Outside of WEC, Ms. Knight has extensive experience serving on boards and dedicating her expertise to a wide range of organizations:
•Presented to Kaufmann Foundation FastTrac entrepreneurs, Big 4 accounting firms, SBC (now AT&T) Professional Women’s Group, and Physicians via University Endowment
•One of the first sponsors of Mid-America Angels Association
•Served as a Chamber Champion for the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
•Council Member of the Economic Development Council in Leawood, Kansas
•Member of Rotary Club of Overland Park, Kansas
•Church Trustee and volunteer
•Board Member of the Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation, American Lung Association, and HOA
Accelerating Women’s Careers: How Passion, Purpose, and Planning are Changing Lives
Deborah Knight had built a career as a high-achieving professional in both law and the financial services industry. However, throughout her career, she recognized that for someone in her position, it was harder to find the resources, development, and connections she needed to accelerate her career. Ms. Knight realized that women in executive, leadership, or entrepreneurial positions have different needs for professional development and work-life balance support. In response, Ms. Knight launched Women’s Executive Club in 2014. This organization offers professional women in executive positions and entrepreneurship access to the right connections, resources, and development to accelerate their careers.