Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award
In 1999, the Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award was created and presented to former Governor Collins for her contributions to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its people. This award recognizes Kentucky women of achievement who inspire and motivate other women
through their personal, community and professional lives.
Winners of the Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award are honored at our May conference where they will participate in a panel discussion about the challenges and lessons learned on their journey to becoming an outstanding leader.
Paula Hanson, Director of Tax Services, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC
Paula Hanson has over 30 years of tax planning and compliance experience working in various industries including manufacturing, construction, law firms, and nonprofit organizations. She also spends much of her time focusing on providing estate planning and financial and tax planning services for individuals and their businesses. Additionally, Paula works with many financial institutions providing fiduciary tax compliance and consulting services. Before coming to Dean Dorton Allen Ford, Paula held positions with Ernst & Young and Gray Construction. Her professional activities include the boards of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, Lexington Estate Planning Council, The Construction Financial Management Association and the Federal Reserve Bank, Cincinnati Branch.
Her community involvement includes membership on the University of Kentucky Athletics Committee, serving on the boards of the American Heart Association, Leadership Kentucky and The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky. She serves on the Advisory Councils of the University of Kentucky School of Accountancy and Women Leading Kentucky. She is past chairman of the board of Commerce Lexington, The United Way, Junior Achievement and Lexington Forum and has served as treasurer of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA Metro Board and the Governor Scholars Program. Paula holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Augusta Julian, President/CEO, Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Dr. Julian started her career teaching adult education in her native North Carolina. She was named president of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) in December of 2007. Before coming to BCTC, Dr. Julian served as president of Maysville Community and Technical College in Kentucky and held leadership positions in community colleges in North Carolina and Wisconsin. She is known for expertise in strategic planning and organizational, workforce, and community development. Dr. Julian earned a Doctorate in Adult and Community College Education from NC State University.
A first-generation college student herself, Dr. Julian understands the critical role higher education plays in the lives of people seeking a fulfilled life. She credits her 40-year career in community colleges to women role models who helped her set and achieve her educational goals.
BCTC has seven campuses that are within a 30-minute drive of 95% of Central Kentuckians. The college annually enrolls some 16,000 students and provides training on-site or on-campus for 2,000 employees of businesses in the region. BCTC accomplishes its mission through many collaborations with business, education, and community partners across Central Kentucky.
Marta Miranda, President/CEO of The Center for Women and Families
She has 41 years of experience in organizational and clinical social work practice. Her career focus has been the identification, prevention, treatment and eradication of individual, institutional and societal violence. Previously, Marta was associate professor of Social Work at Eastern Kentucky University for 17 years. While at EKU she served as the Chair of Women and Gender Studies and the interim Director of Multicultural Student Affairs. During this time she founded the EKU SAFE Program, a best practice bystander Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Program.
Marta has been a dedicated community organizer and activist working on social and economic justice issues for more than three decades. Marta has a long history of collaboration with the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs and was appointed to the Kentucky Commission on Women in 2009. She has been recognized by The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs and The Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.
Marta’s long term career/advocacy and activism was celebrated when she was named a “Daughter of Greatness” in 2013, by the Muhammad Ali Center for her long term work on gender justice. Marta was born in rural Cuba and immigrated to New Jersey when her nuclear family received political asylum in 1966.
MODERATOR: Renee Shaw, Producer & Host of KET’s Connections
Renee Shaw, a native of Portland, TN, and graduate of Western Kentucky University, holds a B.A. in political science and broadcast journalism and a M.A. in Corporate Communications. She is an adjunct professor of media writing at Georgetown College and has trained journalists in Cambodia on reporting in an open democracy.
Her career with Kentucky Educational Television (KET) began in 1997, and in 2005 she launched “Connections with Renee Shaw”, the first statewide minority affairs program. Shaw is a public affairs program producer and co-produces KET’s public affairs program, “Comment on Kentucky.” She is also producer/managing editor and host of KET’s legislative coverage.