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Inventor and Entrepreneur Joy Mangano to Speak at Inventing Joy Luncheon
Exploring Entrepreneurship, Women’s Empowerment, and the Arts at Churchill Downs

LOUISVILLE, KY, October 18, 2017- American Inventor and Entrepreneur Joy Mangano will be the keynote speaker at the Inventing Joy Luncheon benefitting the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts on November 10 at Churchill Downs. In support of her highly-anticipated debut book, INVENTING JOY: Dare to Build a Brave and Creative Life, Mangano will share her blueprint for success and underscore the importance of women’s leadership and empowerment in business, as well as all aspects of life. Inventing Joy Luncheon is presented by UPS and co-hosted by Fund for the Arts, Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, Churchill Downs, and Joy Mangano. Limited single tickets are available at

“My life is proof that, no matter who you are or where you’re from, you have the power to change the world. I know it, because I’ve lived it, and I continue to live it every day,” said Joy Mangano. “My book is about helping others find and take that first step in creating a better life and better world – and I hope that I can unlock that excitement with those who I connect with through the Fund for The Arts and Jennifer Lawrence Foundation.”

The luncheon will convene many of the region’s top business, civic, and arts leaders to explore the role of creativity in entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment. A panel discussion led by Fund for the Arts President and CEO Christen Boone will follow the keynote address. The event will take place in the Trophy Room from 12:30 – 2 PM with guests entering at Gate 10. A $50 ticket includes lunch and autographed copy of INVENTING JOY.

“Joy is a true American icon and entrepreneur like no other who has harnessed creativity to sell nearly $3 billion in product,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President and CEO. “She is also a critical partner in the success of Louisville’s Awards in the Arts. We’re grateful for her continued support of the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund.”

The Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund supports the mission of the Fund for the Arts and the key objectives identified by the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation (a component fund of the Community Foundation of Louisville, Inc.) which are to promote and support arts excellence, access, and education.

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About Fund for The Arts

Fund for the Arts is a regional nonprofit with the mission to maximize the arts to drive economic development, education, and quality of life in our community. The Fund conducts one of the oldest united arts campaigns in the country and supports world-class institutions, community organizations and arts in education. Fund for the Arts leads collective action across the arts and cultural sector to deliver greater impact in our community. For more information, visit

About the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation

The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation is a component fund of The Community Foundation of Louisville, Inc. The fund supports a variety of charities, including the Fund for the Arts, Boys and Girls Club, Make-A-Wish Foundation, West End School, St. Mary’s Center, Special Olympics and more. For more information, visit

About Churchill Downs Racetrack
Churchill Downs Racetrack, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race the Kentucky Derby continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 5, 2018. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times and is scheduled to host again in 2018.

Joy Mangano
Joy Mangano is the President of Ingenious Designs LLC, the company that she founded in 1990 and was later acquired by HSN, Inc., the parent company of direct-to-consumer content retailer HSN.  Joy began her career with the invention and launch of the Miracle Mop®, and she went on to invent and launch hundreds of successful products, most notably Huggable Hangers® (selling over 700 million to date), her My Little Steamer®, Forever Fragrant®, the Memory Cloud Warm & Cool Pillow, her Better Beauty Case, the Jewel Kit®, and, most recently, her record breaking Spinball™ luggage wheel system.  Joy herself appears live on HSN about 14 times per year, reaching over 90 million homes.  In addition, Joy’s products can be found in premier retailers such as Macy’s, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond and The Container Store.  In addition to her product work, Joy is also the owner of acclaimed Long Island fine dining restaurant Jema, and she is the founding director of The Joy Mangano Foundation.



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