September Sponsor Spotlight

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.”

By | September 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

September Board Member Spotlight

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.”

By | September 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

August Session – Owensboro

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. [...]

By | August 25th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Alumni Spotlight – Martha Clark, LKY 2005

As Leadership Kentucky heads to Owensboro in August, we spotlight Martha Clark. Mrs. Clark is a retired CPA and, along with fellow Leadership Kentucky alumni Marianne Smith Edge, is the Co-founder and Founding President of IMPACT 100 Owensboro. She is also the administrator of the John B. and Brownie Young Memorial Scholarship Fund. Her strong leadership qualities and passion for her community make her an outstanding alumni of Leadership Kentucky. Mrs. Clark is dedicated to giving back and passionate about doing what she can to improve her community. One notable accomplishment was the founding of IMPACT 100 Owensboro, which will soon celebrate its 10th anniversary. IMPACT 100 Owensboro is a community of women that seeks to transform lives in the Greater Owensboro area through high-impact and lifelong giving. IMPACT 100 Owensboro has distributed nearly $2 million to such organizations as Girls Inc., Boulware Mission Inc., Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Dental Clinic, and many more. Mrs. Clark points to her participation in Leadership Kentucky, as a member of the 2005 Class, as a defining experience for her. “I learned so much at Leadership Kentucky. Not just about the state, but the relationships I made and the sharing of ideas among the participants was very fulfilling. Leadership Kentucky opens a participant’s eyes to statewide goings on and was such a rewarding and educational experience,” she said recently. Mrs. Clark is an exemplary alumni of Leadership Kentucky and we applaud her dedication to the betterment of her community.

By | August 11th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Leadership Kentucky Brings Leaders from Across the State to Owensboro for August Conference

Leadership Kentucky, one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership development programs in the United States, will be holding its August leadership session in Owensboro from August 19-21. The focus of the sessions will be economic development and agribusiness. Leadership Kentucky, created in 1984 as a non-profit educational organization, brings together a selected group of people that possess a broad variety of leadership abilities, career accomplishments, and volunteer activities to gain insight into complex issues facing the state. This year's class includes 51 participants from across the state representing a variety of public and private sectors. The class includes Owensboro resident Woody Maglinger, III, Communications Director for the Green River Area Development District. Since 1984, nearly 60 Owensboro residents have participated in Leadership Kentucky. The Owensboro Session Chairs will be local residents and Leadership Kentucky Alumni Amy Jackson, President of the Owensboro Region at First Security Bank, and Kyle Aud, Vice President of Independence Bank. The Leadership Kentucky program is made up of seven two-day sessions, held in various locations in the state, where participants are educated about the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its challenges. They have the opportunity to meet and talk with Kentucky’s current leaders and explore the state’s challenges and resources. Applications for the 2016 class will be available online at by December 15, 2015. An individual may self-nominate, or may be nominated by alumnus of Leadership Kentucky, board members of Leadership Kentucky, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, civic organizations, or corporations.

By | August 11th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Leadership Kentucky Honors Bill Goodman with 2014 Flame of Excellence Award

Leadership Kentucky Honors Bill Goodman with 2014 Flame of Excellence Award December 16, 2014. Frankfort, KY. – Leadership Kentucky, Inc., one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership development programs in the United States held its 13th Annual Executive Forum & Luncheon in Louisville at the Hilton Seelbach Hotel. Deborah Moessner, LKY Class of 2002, and 2014 Board Chair, kicked off the event, sponsored by Norton Healthcare, Stoll Keenon Ogden, PLLC, and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Julie Schmidt, former President of Leadership Kentucky and currently Senior Director of External Affairs at Kentucky Educational Television (KET), presented Leadership Kentucky’s 2014 Flame of Excellence Award to Bill Goodman, Host, Kentucky Educational Television and a graduate of the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2001. Past recipients of the award include two governors, the founder of Humana, Inc., Maker’s Mark Distillery, Inc., and several leaders in business across the commonwealth, which Goodman said makes winning the award a “humbling experience.” The Flame of Excellence award honors an outstanding Kentuckian, who bravely goes before and lights the way for others. Past Recipients: 2002 – Dr. Thomas D. Clark, Kentucky Historian Emeritus 2003 – Edward T. “Ned” Breathitt, Former Governor 2004 – John R. Hall, Retired Chairman/CEO, Ashland Inc. 2005 – Martha Layne Collins, Former Governor; Chair/CEO Kentucky World Trade Center 2006 – Wendell H. Ford, U.S. Senate, Retired; Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center 2007 – Albert P. Smith, Jr., Retired Host of “Comment on Kentucky” 2008 – David A. Jones, Founder & Former Board Chairman, Humana, Inc. 2009 – Eula Hall, Founder, Mud Creek Clinic 2010 – Owsley Brown Frazier, Founder & Chairman, Frazier International History Museum 2011 – Dr. Pearse T.Lyons, Founder & CEO, Alltech 2012 – William [...]

By | January 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Participate now in LKY’s 30th Anniversary Alumni Survey

A delegation of leaders; which included Bob and Laura Babbage, David Adkisson, and Joan Reihm, sought out visionary leader, Wilson W. Wyatt, Sr., who served as Mayor of Louisville, Lt. Governor of Kentucky, and served on numerous national posts, for guidance in the establishment of a statewide leadership development program. He agreed to serve as the inaugural chairman and recruited a group of state leaders to join him in the establishment of an organization to address the critical need of developing Kentucky leaders for the future. The timing was right. Many state leaders had already been discussing the lack of leadership that reached into the four corners of the state. All who were asked to help establish the organization responded enthusiastically. The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce gave its full support and provided office space and staffing. The James Graham Brown Foundation granted the organization funding to help launch the program. 30 years later, we are celebrating over 1,500 alums of this program. Today, we invite you to participate in our 30th Anniversary Alumni Survey. The information gathered will be used at our 30th Anniversary celebration on October 16 & 17, 2014. Please take a couple of minutes and add your input on the success of Leadership Kentucky around your Commonwealth.   30th Anniversary Alumni Survey

By | July 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A New Look for Leadership Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 27, 2014) – Leadership Kentucky, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and advancing current and emerging leaders in the Commonwealth, is headed in a new direction. For the first time in 15 years, the organization has a completely new look for its logo and marketing efforts that reflects its growing role in shaping Kentucky’s leaders. “Leadership Kentucky graduates have done – and continue to do – amazing things for the Commonwealth,” said Tim Rutledge, Leadership Kentucky 2013 Chair of the Board. “This new campaign is as much a tribute to their achievements as it is a symbol of our forward progress. We’re excited to see where this new direction takes us.” The brand update includes a new tagline and logo, as well as an upcoming advertising campaign, social media initiative and website redesign. Visually, the new work reflects a more progressive brand with simple fonts, bold photography and a clearly defined color palette. While the logo and tagline are currently the most noticeable changes, Rutledge explained that the rebranding is much more than that. “This wasn’t about just creating a new logo,” said Rutledge. “It was about taking a strategic look at Leadership Kentucky as a whole – at our mission, our programs and our core values. It was about developing a clear, cohesive brand position to ensure that those values are consistently communicated, and that all of our initiatives align with our commitment to shaping Kentucky’s future.” All elements of the new look focus on the idea of, “Improve Your State,” a tagline that alludes to Leadership Kentucky’s dedication to both personal and statewide advancement. Pieces from the advertising campaign deliver the tagline by showing how Leadership Kentucky has helped actual [...]

By | May 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments