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Elevate Kentucky in Louisville

The inaugural Elevate Kentucky class met for its final session in Louisville on May 10th and 11th. The sessions theme was “Improve your state.” With speakers, topics and experiences aimed at allowing these leaders to become informed about issues in Kentucky and ways to get involved within their own communities. The session began with a visit to Louisville Stoneware, where the class took a tour and had the opportunity to paint their own mug. Next up, Tom Owen (PhD, Former Louisville Metro Councilman, City Historian and Archivist at the University of Louisville Library) guided us on a tour from Preston Street to 10th Street in the Main Street Corridor. Tom informed the class of so many uniquely Louisville things: cast iron structures, flood walls and stories of the past. Day one concluded at Over the Nine. This location is the start of an expansion project in downtown Louisville and featured a Kentucky Legislative Update from Sherman Brown (Principal, McCarthy Strategic Solutions) and Les Fugate (Executive VP of RunSwitch PR) who discussed the legislative landscape and how leaders can get involved without holding an elected position. Next up, Ryan Quarles (Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner) touched on the importance of Kentucky Proud products and his path to office. Finally, we finished the day with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer who emphasized the importance of a compassionate city. Day two kicked off with Greg Nielsen (Executive Director of the Center for Non-Profit Excellence) with helpful tips on how to get involved and how to be a good board member. Following Greg, a media panel discussion focused on the current state of newspaper and traditional media and how to effectively convey today’s stories. Moving on, Scott Martin (Parks Director for the [...]

By | May 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Elevate Kentucky in Campton

The Elevate Kentucky class met again for its second session in Campton on April 10-11. The session theme was “Lead your state.” The goal of the session was to provide these emerging leaders with tools and information to better collaborate and lead amongst their peers and in their companies. Our session began with a presentation from Greg Coker, author and founder of The Cathedral Institute. He led his well-known “soft-skills boot camp” and taught the importance of caring, knowing and acknowledging co-workers and bosses on a personal level and being genuine and intentional in our relationships. After hearing Greg, the group traveled to Natural Bridge and rode the Sky Lift to the top! With time to explore and enjoy the beautiful weather, the group had the opportunity to hike back down or network with new friends. The dinner keynote speaker was Dr. Michael Benson, President of Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Benson was a captivating speaker and discussed the importance of education in Kentucky, strategic, optimism, failure and the will to prepare and work. His 10 fundamentals provided great insight for our Elevate class! We ended the day around a campfire with s’mores! Day two began with a presentation from Sylvia Lovely, author of “Juggling Coconuts: Time Management in the 21st Century.” She expressed the importance of balancing obligations and enjoyable activities. Next, Rusty Justice of BitSource, talked about the benefits that technology bring to Eastern Kentucky and how it acts as a leveler for his region. Finally, we ended the day with Miguel’s pizza while John May of Licking Valley Rural Electric and Wolfe Co. Search and Rescue volunteer emphasized the importance of volunteering in our communities. The Elevate class will meet one last time [...]

By | April 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments