Sadiqa Reynolds (pronounced SUH DEE QUA) is the mother of two teenage daughters being educated in the public school system in Louisville, Kentucky where she and her family reside. She is on her way to serve as CEO for the New York City-based, Perception Institute, but is currently President and CEO of the Louisville Urban League, where her appointment made her the first woman to hold this title in the affiliate’s 100-year history. Her career encompasses many firsts, including being the first Black woman to clerk for the Kentucky Supreme Court, and the first Black Inspector General for the state of Kentucky.
Reynolds is recognized for her ability to manage crisis communications, problem solve, and build unlikely coalitions. She is known as a fixer, a courageous straight shooter, and a tireless advocate for justice. She is a strong businesswoman who has been recognized as Most Admired CEO and Small Business Leader of the Year. Before the League, Reynolds served as Chief for Community Building in the Office of the Mayor where she oversaw more than 1500 employees. She also served for two years as District Judge. Prior to entering the public sector, Reynolds owned a private legal practice which included criminal litigation, employment law, death penalty litigation, and serving as Guardian Ad Litem representing abused, neglected and dependent children. She also argued successfully before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Because of her work, she has twice been asked to address the NGOs of the United Nations on the subjects of global poverty and racism. Reynolds earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Louisville, where she is being honored as the Diversity Champion for 2022, and her law degree from the University of Kentucky, where she was honored in 2020 with the Community Service Award.
She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Bates Memorial Baptist Church. She is a much sought-after speaker and can be hired as a private professional coach. She has been named Person of the Year by Louisville Magazine, Woman of Power by the National Urban League, a top “100 Woman to Watch” nationally by BizWomen’s Business Journal, Community Leader of the Year by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and an Enterprising Woman to Watch and Woman of Influence by Business First. She’s also received the Fannie Lou Hamer Award and two honorary doctorates.
Sadiqa Reynolds is a force of nature and if she is on your side, the odds are in your favor.