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Women’s Business & Leadership Conference

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
8:30am – 2:30pm
Marriott Griffin Gate, Lexington


Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award

11x8_5 - Inside - Portrait - LetterIn  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.


The 2016 Awards Luncheon is sponsored by Lexington Diagnostic and OPEN MRI.

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.

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Danielle Tharp Clore, Executive Director
Kentucky Nonprofit Network

Danielle Clore knew she wanted a career where she could make a difference, she just wasn’t certain what path would help her achieve that goal.  Ultimately, Danielle created her own path.  Her nonprofit career began while a student intern at Catholic Charities in Lexington.  Upon graduation from Transylvania University, she took a development and fundraising position with Christian Church Homes Children’s and Family Services in Danville.  Danielle has held positions with Special Olympics Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University and the Commonwealth Fund for KET.   While at KET, Danielle was contracted to launch a statewide outreach program to provide professional development, technical assistance and resources for nonprofit staff and board members across Kentucky.  In 2012, the program became an independent organization addressing public policy issues facing Kentucky’s nonprofit sector.  Today, Kentucky Nonprofit Network, Kentucky’s state association of nonprofits, is over 600 members strong and provides the sector with a unified public policy voice.  

In 2015, Danielle was nominated for an Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference in Washington DC.  The nomination recognized her efforts to educate legislators and public officials on the economic importance of Kentucky’s nonprofit sector and her successful strategy to mobilize KNN members that resulted in unanimous passage of legislation creating a task force to address issues facing nonprofits contracting with state government.  

Under Danielle’s leadership, KNN hosts Kentucky Gives Day, which encourages philanthropy and provides Kentucky’s nonprofits with an opportunity to showcase their missions.  In addition, KNN hosts an annual conference for nonprofit leaders and provides ongoing professional development opportunities and resources.  

Danielle was born in Bardstown, was raised in Pineville and now resides in Lexington with her husband Patrick, daughter Kelly and son Trey.  She loves to read, shop for bargains and mark locations off the family’s travel bucket list.

Ardis Hoven, M.D. FACP, Former President, American Medical Association
Chair of Council, World Medical Association

Ardis Hoven’s professional career in medicine has been dedicated to providing the best possible care for patients with infectious diseases, not only in a private practice environment but also in an academic environment.  Dr. Hoven has been instrumental in providing education to medical professionals regarding the diagnosis and care of patients with HIV/AIDS. Through her leadership with the Kentucky Medical Association and the American Medical Association, she has influenced health policy as related to HIV/AIDS care both at the state level and the national level.  In her current role as Chair of Council of the World Medical Association, she advocates for patients on a global level with needs related to accessing high quality health care, providing health care in areas of armed conflict, addressing ethical issues in health care, and providing quality medical education.

As an educator at the University of Kentucky, training medical students, residents, and Infectious Disease fellows has been an important part of her academic career. As a recognized expert in caring for patients with HIV/AIDS, teaching the essentials of good care, the importance of staying up-to-date on current knowledge in the field and recognizing the existing challenges, she has influenced a generation of physicians who themselves are now on the front line in providing care. 

She serves as Medical Director of the Bluegrass Care Clinic which successfully educates clinicians while providing excellent care in an environment of quality improvement and best practices. Dr. Hoven also serves as Infectious Disease Consultant at the Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH).

Dr. Hoven and her husband, a retired Economics Professor, enjoy UK basketball, traveling , the many cultural opportunities available in Kentucky but also love to head to Kiawah Island, SC for a period of rest and relaxation. She has two wonderful grandsons that keep her busy and on her toes!

MODERATOR:  Renee Shaw, Producer & Host of KET’s Connections

11x8_5 - Inside - Portrait - LetterRenee 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.