Alumni Spotlight Mary Michael Corbett '85 2017 Board Chair Mary Michael is a business strategist with government, public affairs, brand development and marketing experience. She is currently taking a career sabbatical and enjoying some time off before her next great adventure. She most recently served as the Government Relations Officer for Norton Healthcare, Louisville's third largest private employer. Mary Michael led Norton’s federal and state public policy initiatives. A pioneer in professional services marketing, she was the first Chief Marketing Officer in a Kentucky law firm and spent 20 years managing marketing, business development, public relations, community outreach and strategic philanthropy programs for two multi-state firms. Prior to that, she worked eight years as a senior adviser in the executive branch of government working with Kentucky’s first and only female governor. Mary Michael began her career in radio and television. She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Leadership Kentucky, Chair of the Kentucky Arts Council, on the board of directors and as a former chair of Delta Dental of Kentucky, on the Executive Committee of the Rotary Club of Louisville and on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the KY Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
December Session Review | By Stacy Tapke, LKY 2015 Class Member Ask someone outside of Kentucky what we’re known for, and the response will most likely be horses. So it was only fitting that the class of 2015 gathered in the world’s horse capital for its final session on Arts & Tourism. On Monday, December 7, the class started its day in Richmond at Eastern Kentucky University. Fellow class member and EKU President Dr. Michael Benson graciously hosted us for a tour of the Arts Center, after which President Benson moderated a panel of industry experts to discuss the importance of tourism in our Commonwealth. We learned that the tourism and travel industry contributes billions (yep, that’s a “b” not an “m”) to the Kentucky economy each year. President Benson then led us on a tour of EKU that included a visit to the planetarium and the statute of Daniel Boone with his shiny gold toe. In the afternoon we traveled to Berea where we had lunch at the historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant. We were then led on a tour of Berea College by a student who explained that each student at the private liberal arts college works 10-15 hours each week in addition to his/her courses. In exchange, students do not pay tuition for college and based upon the donations of generous alumni, Berea College has been able to sustain this practice. The class observed the art of furniture making, among other industries. We then toured the Kentucky Artisan Center, a place I’ve driven past a hundred times but never been inside. Well, if you were like me, make it your New Year’s resolution to stop the next time you are nearby. [...]
Leadership Kentucky - Ashland and Paintsville Natural Resources and Environment By Class Member Brad Wheeler As the leaves were turning and the autumn chill was in the evening air, our class arrived in the beautiful City of Ashland to learn more about the Commonwealth of Kentucky on its Eastern expanse. The area, as with so many different regions of our state, has its own distinct beauty. Daniel Boone, mentioned that “Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place” and this holds true in Ashland as the rolling hills of Kentucky’s knobs lift higher in the sky as one drives east to the more mountainous regions of our State. Energy, Natural Resources and Environment were topics for this month’s session. The topic chosen could not have been more relevant as world leaders currently meet in Le Bourget, France. Since returning back to my home town of Bowling Green, I have reflected upon my education, experiences, and observations while in Ashland. On our first day, we traveled to visit Booth Energy’s Matrix Mine #1. During our trip, we heard about the grassroots efforts of the Friends of Coal movement. Upon arriving at the mine, we were provided education related to Booth Energy and the mining profession. Safety training was an important early activity of the day as class members prepared for their underground descent. The class was instructed about the actions necessary for surviving an accident, which included navigating in a dark mine, use of respirators, locations of food and water, and additional sources of air. While we explored the mine, some class members remained above ground touring surface mines and reclamation efforts. One strength of Leadership Kentucky is that the program provides class members unique experiences and the [...]
Leadership Kentucky, Eddyville and Paducah Corrections & Healthcare: A Study in Contrasts By Class Member Lourdes Baez It’s hard to experience more of a sensory contrast than what the 2015 Leadership Kentucky class did October 21-23 in Paducah and Eddyville. From the joyful and innocent creativity of downtown Paducah’s arts and craft scene to the solemn heaviness of the maximum security prison in Eddyville to the awe inspired by the physicians and their tools at Baptist Health Paducah, I was hard-pressed not to have my mind completely blown by the emotional whiplash of those few days. Paducah, founded in 1830, is the largest city in the Jackson Purchase region. Favored by the confluence of several waterways, the old river port and railroad hub raided by none other than General Nathan Bedford Forrest has transformed itself into a vibrant craft and folk arts city, only one of seven United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) cities. Several of us went on a walking tour of downtown Paducah learning about the Flood of ’37 and the subsequent murals capturing various iconic scenes of the town put up across the flood walls. The day closed with an old-fashioned quilting bee at the National Quilt Museum where we tried our hand at piecing and machine sewing – some with greater dexterity than others but all good! Thursday, October 22nd found us up early with nervous anticipation of what we were going to see and who we were going to meet: the Kentucky State Penitentiary at Eddyville. This maximum-security prison’s bucolic, lakeside exterior is reminiscent of a 1920’s Catskills resort. The ominous clang of the shutting bars as we were processed in in small groups at the entrance told [...]
On September 30th, Leadership Kentucky welcomed a group of executives that are relatively new to Kentucky to our second New Executives Program at the Kentucky State Capitol. Their day started off with lunch for the executives and their guests or spouses. They all went on a tour of historic Buffalo Trace Distillery in downtown Frankfort to sample some of our Commonwealth’s most famous commodity. The afternoon had separate events. While the guests and spouses toured beautiful Spendthrift Farms and the Kentucky History Center, the new executives heard from a variety of panels on the business environment in Kentucky, the challenges we face, and an overview of the politics of Kentucky. The group then reconvened for a tour of the Kentucky State Capitol and a dinner reception at the Governor’s Mansion. The reception featured a bourbon tasting and music by Frankfort Mayor Bill May. At dinner, Governor Beshear welcomed the new executives and their guests to the Commonwealth and spoke about the promise of Kentucky. Leadership Kentucky awarded Governor Beshear with a Life Time Leadership Award in recognition of his lifetime of public service to the people of Kentucky. Thanks to our partners US BANK, LG&E/KU and ANTHEM-BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD for making this event possible for the New Executives.
Commissioner LaDonna H. Thompson - LKY 2007 LaDonna H. Thompson began her career with the Kentucky Department of Corrections in 1989. She made history in 2008 when Governor Steve Beshear named her Commissioner, marking the first time a woman has been chosen for the top Kentucky Department of Corrections’ post. Thompson is currently one of the most tenured leaders of state corrections agencies in the United States. She is the current chair of the Program and Training Committee for the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA), and routinely conducts training for new directors. She is also a member of ASCA’s Racial Disparity, Re-Entry and Community Corrections, Policy: Resolutions, Legislation and Legal Issues, Research and Best Practices, Information Sharing and Nominating committees. During her career, Thompson has received numerous awards, including three honors for distinguished service to the department. A graduate of the Leadership Kentucky class of 2007, her awards also include two for recommendations that resulted in fiscal savings for the Commonwealth. Thompson was a 2007 recipient of the “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” Award presented by the National Center for Women and Policing, and she was selected as a participant in the 2006 NIC Executive Leadership for Women class.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]
Frankfort –by Carrie Nath As an actor and theater director, I have to say the Frankfort trip makes me want to take this Leadership Kentucky team on the road! The Old Capitol experience with George McGee’s performance of the consummate statesman, Henry Clay, was riveting. The stellar performances of the LKY 2015 Class were academy award worthy! Dinner and bourbon tasting at Berry Hill Mansion was an excellent way to complete the first day. What a Kentucky treasure! Thursday at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce offices felt like a revival with Governor Julian Carroll. Clearly the answer to public service is “Just getting it DONE!” One thing I truly appreciate about Leadership Kentucky is the opportunity to have divergent opinions and still treat your fellow presenter with respect. From Alison Lundergan Grimes, Senator McDaniel and Representative Rand to the lively yet amicable Al Cross and John David Dyche, the state has significant challenges with pensions, retirement, healthcare and affordable post-secondary education and solutions vary. Regardless, the ever gracious Lieutenant Governor, Crit LuAllen clearly sees Kentucky moving forward. And finally: Westridge Elementary. A school that understands project based learning. How great to see art on the walls and students engaged and celebrating learning. Nothing quite like 5th Grade ambassadors to proudly show us around! The panels provided a comprehensive picture of education issues from pre-K to post-secondary. However, nothing hit home quite so hard as the story from Betty Lawson of Family Youth Services. Cory Meadows, thank you for recognizing this great leader who has turned her tragic childhood into an inspiration to serve others. Great thanks to all of our panelists, and personally, I am humbled to have been included with our classmates of such [...]
Republic Bank & Trust Company is one of Leadership Kentucky’s long time donors, making its first contribution in 2003. They continue to be a generous annual supporter of our programs and a leader in our corporate contributions. Founded in 1982 in Louisville, Republic Bank & Trust Company currently has 40 banking centers in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Florida. Today, Republic employs more than 800 people and is the largest community bank in Kentucky. Republic’s Chairman and CEO, Steve Trager, talks about the philanthropical philosophy that he has for the company, “We believe that it is important for everyone to make a difference in the communities where they live – not just a few wealthy individuals, or corporations, but everyone. The gifts of your time and talents are often the most valuable ways we can engage and support causes we truly believe in. So while we at Republic often support our communities with financial donations, it’s not unusual to see our associates engaged in a variety of personal, feet-on-the-ground efforts in a show of support. How we each give, in our own way, can make life better for a neighborhood, an organization, a city, a state - everyone.”
Monthly Board Member Spotlight Our Monthly Board Member Spotlight is Teresa Trimble Hail, a 2008 graduate of Leadership Kentucky and a current Executive Board Member. Mrs. Hail is the President and co-owner of D.C Trimble, Inc., a commercial construction company started by her parents in Somerset, KY. Her leadership and expertise are integral to the success and promotion of Leadership Kentucky. Mrs. Hail is a former President of the Rotary Club of Somerset and a Paul Harris Fellow. She presently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Somerset Community College Foundation Board. She is a graduate of the Somerset - Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program and volunteered for eight years as a facilitator of the program. She is also a former President of the Somerset - Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce. “Participating in the Leadership Kentucky program not only introduced me to new friends and various regional and state issues, it also provided several unique opportunities to experience the beauty and gracious hospitality throughout the Commonwealth,” Mrs. Hail said recently. “What touched me most was the spirit shared by all involved. I am honored and excited to be part of an organization that is working so hard to advance Kentucky and its communities.”
Written by Susan Douglas, LKY '15 From August 19 – 21, the 2015 Leadership Kentucky classmates met in Owensboro. We had a great start as LKY alumna Marcia Carpenter opened her home and, with the help of her father, Bill Kuegel (also a Leadership Kentucky alum), hosted our class for dinner. The evening was a great start to our visit to this vibrant and clean city! Our host hotel, Hampton Inn on the river, was a beautiful backdrop for our agribusiness session. Day two, we spent the morning at Owensboro Grain discussing agriculture and its impact on the economy of Kentucky and especially Daviess County. Clint Hardy, Daviess County extension agent shared that within the 300,000 acres of farm land in Daviess County, 67,000 acres are corn, 75,000 acres of soybeans, 16,000 acres of wheat, 18,000 acres of hay and 2,500 acres of tobacco are produced annually. Impressive! Located on the Ohio River, Owensboro is an attractive city for business with transportation access by road, railroad and river. Thursday afternoon our class visited a working farm. At Kamuf Brothers Farm, watermelons were being harvested, sorted and prepared to be delivered to grocers. We also left with a treat receiving a watermelon to take home. Along with the farm tour, we also visited the Owensboro Riverport Authority and gained a greater understanding of the importance of the Ohio River and transportation for Owensboro. Of course, you cannot take a trip to Owensboro without some hometown barbecue. At Reid’s Orchard, we were treated to live music, great food and camaraderie. We were honored to have so many local LKY alums come to share dinner with us. Day three was all about business development supporting the Owensboro economy. [...]