June Connections Newsletter

Posted on: June 5, 2019
Tags: Newsletter

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    • LKY Class of 2019
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    • Alumni News
    • Japan Trip Deposit Due
    • First Regional Council Gathering

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Leadership Kentucky Class of 2019

Class Announced!

Leadership Kentucky is proud to announce the members of the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2019. Read the full press release here to learn more about this wonderful new class! Congratulations to all!
View LKY 2019 Class Announcement

35th Anniversary - International Trip to JAPAN!

September 30 - October 9

LAST CHANCE! In order to get these great prices, we must commit to many vendors/venues by Friday, June 21st. So sign up EARLY! E-mail us to sign up. We are asking for a $2,000 deposit/person ASAP.

To celebrate 35 years of classes and graduates, we're offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to JAPAN! Thanks to Leadership Kentucky’s collaboration with the Japanese Society of Kentucky (JASK), we are able to offer this fabulous trip for approximately $4,000. Similar trips via regular travel agencies cost around $9,000. 

Highlights and Notes:
  • Approximately $4,000 per person, round trip flights from Cincinnati included
  • First Class Bullet train (Shinkansen) rail pass
  • Eight nights in 4 star or above hotels
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Fluent tour guide with you the entire trip
  • All breakfasts, 3 traditional Japanese dinners included
  • Cities include Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nagasaki 

Elevate Kentucky Class of 2019

Prestonsburg Session Review

The Elevate Class of 2019 visited Prestonsburg in May for their second session. Class member, Nicole Krider with United Way of Kentucky, reviewed the session, "All of us have heard the many misperceptions and stereotypes of Appalachia (i.e. it’s Appa-LATCH-uh, not Appa-LAY-shuh). The Elevate session hosted in Prestonsburg, KY delivered an outstanding group of speakers that did their community justice by breaking those stereotypes and then some...." Read more here.

 Elevate meets again in Lexington and Frankfort on June 12th!

Elevate 2019 in Prestonsburg
Click to watch the highlights from our session in Prestonsburg!
Thank you to the sponsors of our Elevate session in Prestonsburg! If you or your company are interested in becoming an annual or session sponsor for any of our programs or events, please contact Janice Way at jw@leadershipky.org.

Alumni Event in Eastern Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky Regional Council Meet Up - May 29th

On May 29th, the LKY Eastern Kentucky Regional Council hosted the first alumni event of the year at Dueling Barrels in Pikeville. Around 40 alumni, friends, prospective applicants, and members of the newest class braved the storms and gathered to tour the brewery and network with grads in the area. It was a great night! Thanks to everyone who attended and the sponsors that made it happen.

See you at the next alumni event!

Sponsors: Joel Thornbury (2009), David Deborde (2017), Donovan Blackburn (2005), Burton Webb (2018), Howard Roberts (2013), Rusty Justice (2013), Darrell Maynard (2007).


Alumni News and Updates:

  • Sarah Kahmann (2000) fulfills a lifelong dream of becoming a college alumna (NKY Tribune).
  • Kevin Smith (2003) has been appointed to The Kentucky Distillers’ Association board of directors (The Lane Report). 
  •  Jay K. Box (2004) has been appointed to the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board (The Lane Report). 
  • Theresa Canaday (2006) and Jennifer Willis (2013) will serve on the Greater Louisville Inc. executive committee for 2019 (The Lane Report).
  • Tucker Ballinger (2009) has been appointed to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Cincinnati Branch, for 2019 (The Lane Report).
  • Laura Koppes Bryan (2016) named Lewis Honors College's Inaugural Lewis Faculty Scholar (UK Now).
  • Kaylee Carnahan Price (Elevate 2017) has been promoted to Senior Vice President at RunSwitch PR (RunSwitch PR).
  • Bob Heil (2018) will serve as the new chairman of the Board of Directors and will continue to lead the firm’s strategic analysis and positioning as the CEO (NKY Tribune).
  • Lee Metzger (Elevate 2018) elected Secretary/Treasurer for the Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. 
  • Alex Fangman (Elevate 2019) named new Principal of Grant's Lick Elementary (Campbell Co. Schools). 

2019 Alumni Dues

It's time to pay your 2019 Alumni Dues!

Since 1985, Leadership Kentucky has been connecting leaders from throughout the Commonwealth and engaging them to improve their state and communities.  Your annual contribution for alumni dues helps to support these programs and ensure that worthy candidates are able to enjoy the LKY experience regardless of financial situation. Please e-mail lky@leadershipky.org if you'd like to receive an invoice. Thank you for your support!

Wilson W. Wyatt Lifetime Alumni Society

Celebrating 35 Years of Success

In its 35th year, Leadership Kentucky plans to celebrate and build upon success, reflect on the legacy of our alumni’s lasting impact across the Commonwealth and, more importantly, to look toward the future. Leadership Kentucky has grown to three programs that reach a variety of leaders in Kentucky. The anniversary also provides the perfect opportunity to support the future of Leadership Kentucky and to expand and enhance its programming to empower more strong and effective leaders for years to come.
The Wilson Wyatt Lifetime Society is an opportunity to give a one-time gift of $3,500 to become a lifetime member of Leadership Kentucky. With your gift, you will be recognized in newsletters, on the website, and at the 2020 Alumni Luncheon. You’ll also be the first to receive notice of special events and limited opportunities. Your alumni dues will be paid for life and you will receive recognition for your contribution as one of the first members of the society. 

We are thrilled to announce these alums have become members of the Wilson W. Wyatt Lifetime Society:
  • Anthony Apro Sr., Class of 2013
  • Dan Bork
  • Nick Carter, Class of 1989
  • Carri Chandler, Class of 2014
  • Mary Michael Corbett, Class of 1985
  • Teresa Hail, Class of 2008
  • Bob Hutchison, Class of 1991
  • Janice Way, Class of 1987
  • Elmer Whitaker, Class of 2005
  • Sandra Wilson, Class of 1992
Please join us in celebrating them and our strong legacy of impact in Kentucky! E-mail Janice for more information (jw@leadershipky.org).

Higher Education Collaboration

Value-Added Opportunity to LKY Alumni

We are thrilled to announce the Leadership Kentucky Board of Directors has approved working with higher education academic institutions to provide value-added opportunities for current and former Leadership Kentucky participants. Watch for a short survey soon to assess the education programs of most interest to YOU!

The first collaboration for a higher education opportunity comes from Spalding University in Louisville. Spalding University’s Doctor of Education in Leadership Program offers a 50% tuition reduction for the first three current and/or former Leadership Kentucky participants who apply to and are accepted into the program. Click here to learn more!

If your college or university is interested in working with Leadership Kentucky on higher education opportunities, let us know!

Update Alumni Info

Have you moved? Changed jobs? Get a new e-mail address? Want to tell us about all of the cool things you're doing at work or in your community? Update your contact information HERE. You'll want to make sure everything is up-to-date during our 35th year! 

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