Guest Speakers

Sister Act: The Booth Sisters
Michael Wines & Sharon LaFraniere
Bill Porter
Dr. Sander Florman
Jonathan Wolff

Sister Act: The Booth Sisters Interview

A physician. An entrepreneur. An attorney. The three smart and lively Booth sisters are proof that a Kentucky upbringing lays a strong foundation for a lifetime of excellence. Physician and author, Rebecca, entrepreneur and expert in brand-strategy, Cecil, and attorney and marriage equality advocate, Lady, share stories of growing up “southern” in Louisville and finding creative and fulfilling ways of leading lives with sisterhood always at the heart.

Sharon LaFraniere – OBSERVER? OR ACTOR?

Sharon discusses her groundbreaking story about child enslavement in western Ghana and the moral conundrum she and her photographer faced over whether to remain observers—or become actors.



Michael compares the oppressive conditions in Malawi prisons with Washington, DC’s stunning materialism, as well as the positive and negative repercussions that can follow even the most well-intentioned investigative journalism.


Conversation with Michael Wines & Sharon LaFraniere

New York Times world news correspondents Michael Wines and Sharon LaFraniere met one another when he, a Louisville native, and she worked together at Louisville Times from 1979 to 1983. From there they lived in DC, Moscow, Johannesburg and Beijing where they witnessed and brought to international attention a stunning range of world events and the eye-opening realities of people’s everyday lives. Here in our conversation prior to their presentation, they each share a perspective on how that when working at Louisville Times they, along with several now world-renown journalists, experienced what Michael terms “the inculcation of what it means to be a writer.” They also offer advice to people seeking to become a journalist today.

Q&A with Bill Porter

Bill Porter, a native Louisvillian, is a legend in American automobile design, who sparked some of the world’s hottest automobile trends of the 60’s and 70’s. He played a seminal role in the history of American muscle car design, having made his mark with the 1968 Pontiac GTO and the 1970-73 Pontiac Firebird 400. He was the chief designer at General Motors from 1957 until 1996. Here he discusses how the unique influences of his Kentucky upbringing affected his work and love of design. He talks about his teachers at the University of Louisville art department and his childhood art classes where at the age of 7 he was already drawing fighter planes.

Q&A with Dr. Sander Florman

Dr. Sander Florman, a native Louisvillian, is one of the world’s leading experts in organ transplantation and a champion of making organ transplantation more widely accessible in the U.S. through his work on innovative strategies that connect potential live donors and recipients. Here he discusses how being a Kentuckian brings him a professional edge in his position as director of the Recanati Institute at Mount Sinai in New York City, his experience rebuilding a transplantation program in post-Katrina New Orleans, and how the connections he made at University of Louisville Medical School opened the doors to his career.

Q&A with Jonathan Wolff

As composer of what according to TV Guide Magazine is “the greatest theme
 song of all time” for the landmark series “Seinfeld,” Louisville native Jonathan Wolff’s professional reputation extends also to his work as music industry pioneer in the use of technology and creator of 43 other themes for hit shows including “Will & Grace,” “Married With Children” and “Reba.” Here he discusses his unique career along with his formative musical education and experience as a teenager in Louisville and the motivation for his return to Louisville in 2005, when he and his wife could have chosen for their family to live anywhere.


Thanks to Focal Point Productions for their filming and editing work.


More coming soon – stay tuned!