December Connections Newsletter

Posted on: December 11, 2017


A note from Janice Way, President:

Happy December! In a little less than a month, we'll be hosting the Annual Luncheon on January 4th, 2018 at Keeneland in Lexington, KY. We will be presenting the Flame of Excellence award to Bill Jones (U.S. Bank, Paducah). We hope you will be able to join us for a great day featuring a unique behind the scenes Keeneland tour and a mock sales auction. We plan to specifically recognize the LKY Classes of 1987, 1997, 2007 and 2017. Let's see who has the "best class ever" with your attendance! RSVP by December 22nd!

We just celebrated the graduation of the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2017! The class concluded at Rupp Arena with an awesome tour of the locker rooms and the Leadership Kentucky (& Whitaker Bank!) logo on the jumbotron! Check out the highlight video here.

We are continuing to accept NOMINATIONS for the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2018. Please click here to nominate a great person for next year's class! Applications for the Class of 2018 will be available on December 15th.

Be sure to note these important dates and details below. We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Luncheon in January!

Important Dates:
December 15: Leadership Kentucky Class of 2018 applications available
January 4, 2018: Annual Luncheon and behind-the-scenes event at Keeneland. RSVP now!

Alumni News and Notes

  • Charles Scroggin (Class of 1985) passed away on November 17th (Legacy Obituary). Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and LKY classmates. 
Congratulations to....
  • William E. Thro (Class of 2015), is the winner of the 2017 M.A. McGhehey Award (UKnow)
  • John Pollom (Class of 2016) elected to United Way of the Bluegrass Board of Directors (Stites & Harbison)
  • Eric Walker (Class of 2017) to head US Bank Commercial Team (BG Daily News)
  • Kaylee Carnahan (Elevate Class of 2017) named to PR News "Rising PR Stars 30 and Under (RunSwitch PR)
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Annual Luncheon at Keeneland

January 4th, 2018
Lexington, KY

RSVP today for the
Annual Luncheon on January 4th, 2018 at Keeneland!

 The Annual Luncheon will begin at noon to allow plenty of time for an exclusive and exciting behind-the-scenes tour of Keeneland, lunch and Flame of Excellence award presentation.  Tickets are $75 and guests are welcome. 

In coordination with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, our Annual Alumni Luncheon will be held on the same day as "Chamber Day" and will conclude mid-afternoon so guests can participate in both events.

Leadership Kentucky 2018 

 The nomination form for the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2018 is available here. Nominate a great colleague or friend today! 

The full application will be available on beginning December 15th.


2018 Session Dates & Locations
June 13-15
: Berea

July (dates TBD): Louisville
August 15-17: Paducah + Eddyville
September 12-14: Bowling Green + Fort Campbell
October 17-19: Pikeville
November 14-16: Frankfort + Lexington
December 5-7: Northern Kentucky

LKY 2018 Nomination Form

#LKY17 in Hazard and Manchester

Two days of perfect November weather, slightly chilly but simultaneously warm standing in the basking sun and complimented by vibrant yellow, red and orange colors with a steady stream of falling leaves, the Class of 2017 navigated the windy roads toward the Appalachian Mountains (Buckhorn Lake State Park) to one of Kentucky’s most scenic regions. Highlights of the session included learning more about rural healthcare and visiting hospitals, touring a surface mine and participating in activities at the Challenger Center. Read more here. 
Leadership Kentucky 2017 in Hazard
 (Click video to play!)

Annual Alumni Dues

This is your last chance to pay your 2017 annual alumni dues, if you haven't already. These dues directly benefit programming, participants and initiatives. If you'd prefer to pay via check or would like to receive an invoice, please e-mail Thank you!
Pay Alumni Dues

Norton Healthcare
Pikeville Medical Center
Kentucky Power
US Bank
RunSwitch PR
Stites & Harbison, PLLC
Republic Bank
Whitaker Bank
Putting Kentuckians First and Reentry with the Kentucky Office Of Adult Education and the Education and Labor Cabinet
CHI St Joseph Healthcare
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
University of Louisville
Delta Dental
Kentucky Association of Health Plans
Whitaker Bank Foundation
St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Tennessee Valley Authority
Appalachian Regional Healthcare