If not for Leadership Kentucky…

Posted on: December 20, 2023
If not for LKY 2023

Quotes from the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2023


“As a lifelong Kentuckian, I’ve grown in my knowledge of the issues that face our state. But it was not until attending LKY that I really gained a deeper understanding and perspective. I’ve been reminded how wonderful Kentucky is and how much opportunity exists here. I’m reenergized to take my learning back to Louisville and KPA, and support making Kentucky better through my work and my service.” Kim Baker, President and CEO, Kentucky Performing Arts


“While I felt my Kentucky experience was vast and my network pretty expansive, this program opened my eyes to much more of both. I feel part of something bigger and I’m inspired to do even more in my community and my state.” John Bevington, Director of Business and Economic Development, LGE-KU


“I have learned more about Kentucky, traveled the state, and fallen in love. It is beautiful and has so much potential. I can’t wait to do more with these wonderful people to advance Kentucky.” Heather Campbell, Director of Colonel Relations, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels


“I truly feel fortunate to have been part of such a unique and impactful experience, and I would highly recommend the program to anyone across the state in a position of leadership. I will also say that it is never too late (in life) to apply.” John Cox, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce


“I love that I am now more familiar with my state and those who make it the great Commonwealth that it is. I can now say that I have been far east and far west of my state and before now, I couldn’t say that. Thank you, Leadership Kentucky for providing me with opportunities of a lifetime.” Tiffany Craft, Mayor, City of Whitesburg


“If not for Leadership Kentucky, I would not have a new and expanded network of not just colleagues, but genuine friends. I will be forever grateful for my experiences.” William Downey, Director Government Affairs, R.J. Corman Railroad Group


“Leadership Kentucky has exposed me to so many new experiences throughout the state. I have learned about economic development, tourism, arts, history, and the vibrant and rich culture that Kentucky has to offer from Paducah to Pikeville. The best part is that I have gained a new group of 50+ friends that I can call on for advice, social networking, and professional development.” Ben Haydon, Manager, PR & Community Engagement, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky


“I am motivated by the things I have learned and have had an opportunity to see, and I am optimistic about the future of our Commonwealth. It is so easy to become enmeshed by our own professions, sectors, and social bubbles, and this program reminds us of our greater purpose.” Ashley Ireland, Assistant Provost/Director of Online Learning-Professor, Murray State University


“Leadership Kentucky has changed and opened my viewpoint to new solutions for my area. Most importantly, I would not have this amazing network of people. We have grown together with every session.” Kansas Justice, SVP/COO, Pikeville Medical Center


“I would not have had the opportunity to learn from leaders outside my industry that are passionate and invested in the success of our beautiful state.” Dorothy Lockhart, Market VP, CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners


“I have started to see the larger impact that I can have on advancing Kentucky through policy and various levels of government that I would not have encountered in my normal day job.” Jennifer Nachreiner, Health Services Officer/ Interim COO, Aetna Better Health of Kentucky


“I leave this program both inspired and empowered to use my voice and talents to better this great state for our children.” Katherine North, Vice-President External Affairs, Kentucky Association of Health Plans


“The introductions to so many unique ideas in so many communities across Kentucky have been very educational, inspiring, and motivational! Thank you for the opportunity to be a member of this wonderful class.” Steve Phillips, CEO, Lumber King, Inc.


“I take away a holistic understanding of where Kentucky is at this moment in its history, but also unique moments and encounters that have had a profound impact on my development as a person and a leader in my community. I’m ready to move Kentucky forward.” Carlos Sanchez, President, AT&T Kentucky


“The people I’ve met, the friendships I’ve developed, the beautiful and tough things we’ve seen and discussed, surpassed and exceeded all expectations.” Mackenzie Wallace, Director of Public Policy, Alzheimer’s Association

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