Festival Crowd

Derby Diversity Week fest

Festival by Night

DDW has extended our lineup to be "business by day and the festival by night", so you can experience even more of what the City of Louisville and Derby Diversity Week has to offer!  Make great connections, gain relevant and useful information, and enjoy the great things the Derby City has to offer during its most festive time of the year!

Business Presentation
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IDEATHON

May 2, 2022

Kentucky International Convention Center

11:00am –2:15pm

AWARDS - May 5, 2022

Muhammad Ali Center

 7:30pm –8:30pm

 

Eager to build an inclusive Artificial Intelligence (AI) eco-system while showcasing diverse User Experuence (UX) talent, several of Louisville’s premier business development and diversity agencies – Derby Diversity Week (DDW), Microsoft Future of Work Initiative and Amplify Louisville - have teamed up for an Ideathon.  Together with guest business mentors and judges, the partners will take on entrepreneurs from across the United States, each ready to pitch their innovative tech idea and prove they have what it takes to launch a user interface/ proof of concept in under 48 hours.

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INFLUENCER BLOCK PARTY

Join the Derby Diversity Week Team as we launch the DDW block Party in partnership with Benny Pough and 4th Street Live.

CALLING ANY & EVERYONE THAT ENJOYS A GOOD PARTY!

may 4th, 8pm - 11pm 

Meet us by the Jumbotron to hear amazing and talented influencers as they help us party the night away with Unity on Beat.

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4TH ANNUAL DERBY SNEAKER BALL

what to expect during the 2022 derby sneaker ball:

Celebrity Invited Guest

Live Performances

Sneaker Photo Studio

 

Get your dresses, suits and finest sneakers ready for a fun night out with DDW! Don't miss out on this incredible event.

THURSDAY, MAY 5TH

9PM - 1AM

 

MUHAMMAD ALI CENTER

144 N 6th St, Louisville, KY 40202

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international derby travels the runway

Derby Inspirations From Around The Globe!

From Asia To Africa & Everywhere Between

TUESDay, MAY 3rd

7PM

 

4th street live

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We are proud to announce the fourth annual DDW & PPAATH AWARDS. We will recognize individuals and corporations that exemplify outstanding excellence and achievement in improving diversity for People, Processes, or Products & Services that have had a positive impact on the workforce, supply chain or community, and quality of life! We at DDW want to show our appreciation for the hard work, compassion, and efforts of leaders around the world who are working towards a diverse, equitable, and inclusive future for all. There will be 14 awards in total - 11 awarded by DDW, 2 awarded by PPAATH, and 1 awarded by Legacy Equine Academy.

Guests will enjoy dinner and entertainment throughout the evening.

THURSDAY, MAY 5TH 6PM - 7:30pM

 

MUHAMMAD ALI CENTER

144 N 6th St, Louisville, KY 40202

Brims, bowties, bourbon & buyers

4th Street Live
(inside the Former Hard Rock Cafe)
424 S Fourth St

Join leaders in the fashion and bourbon industry as we discuss the gains the diverse community is making and the trends we have set.

The Brims, Bow Ties, Bourbon & Buyers held at the Hard Rock Café, will include vendors, speakers, entertainment and bites along with a contest that provides bragging rights to two individuals who work the stage in their derby best bowtie or hat.  

Come wearing YOUR Derby best with plenty of business cards to hand out!

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derby primp & play

DDW ensures our guests hit the Derby City glam ready!

Start your day getting glammed up by the Primp and Play Squad! From a soft beat to a super glam, hair styling and beard trimming - we have you covered to look your best for Oaks and Derby weekend!