A graduate of Marshall University and SUNY-Stony Brook, Janet Steele Holloway left Appalachia to live in NYC for twenty-five years, then returned to the region in 1990. She is the founder of Women Leading Kentucky, Inc., a successful non-profit designed to create opportunities for women to lead, learn and give back to their communities. Janet has managed statewide small business programs for New Jersey and Kentucky and served as president of the national Association of Small Business Development Centers in 1993.
She has published profiles of business leaders in various media including Entrepreneur Magazine, Cake & Whiskey, and Business Lexington. She was recognized as a finalist in the Best Writers Competition in 2008, and again in 2011, in the Harriet Rose Legacy Competition, both sponsored by the Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning. As a child, Janet set a goal of visiting all 50 states and reached this goal but still has North Dakota on her list. This Logan County, West Virginia native lives in Lexington, KY, loves to travel and continues to write.