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What You Miss When You Miss Out

WHAT YOU MISS WHEN YOU MISS OUT Does this ever happen to you?  You make a decision to not attend something that later you could kick myself for missing. Maybe you’re too busy, too tired or the event/speaker just doesn’t seem interesting enough. Later, you find out that you missed an extraordinary experience.  It happens […]

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Etta May & the Changing American Dream

Summer is winding down but Women Leading Kentucky is gearing up for an exciting season of Roundtable Networking Luncheons, this fall. On Tuesday, August 30th the ‘Queen of Southern Sass’, Etta May, will do a benefit comedy performance to help us raise funding for scholarships that are given each year to women attending college in […]

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Espirit de Corps

Leadership Challenges This past February 24th, my Neurosurgeon informed me that I had spondylolisthesis in my lumbar 5 vertebrae which could only be fixed through surgery and that he had an opening on March 4th.  Recovery time = three months. WHOA, Hey, slow your roll there a minute Dr. Neurosurgeon, I’m too busy for this […]

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Diane B. Medley, Managing Partner, Co-Founder, Mountjoy Chilton Medley

Diane B. Medley, CPA-ABV, CVA, CGMA,  Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Mountjoy Chilton Medley Diane Medley is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of MCM LLP, a CPA and advisory firm ranked as one of the Top 100 in the United States. In this role she determines and executes on MCM’s strategic goals, including industry and service area expertise […]

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Debra A. Hensley, Owner of Hensley Agency – State Farm Insurance

Debra Hensley describes herself as a social entrepreneur, community builder, and socially responsible civic servant. She is the owner of the Hensley Agency of State Farm Insurance Companies in Lexington.  She has worked in insurance and financial services since 1974. In the late 70’s and early 80’s, Debra focused her volunteer and advocacy work towards […]

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Audrey Tayse Haynes, Secretary, Cabinet for Health & Family Services

Audrey Tayse Haynes was appointed Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) by Governor Steve Beshear on April 16, 2012. Since being named Secretary of the Cabinet, Haynes has successfully overseen the transition from a fee-for-service delivery model to managed care for the majority of Kentucky’s Medicaid population, saving taxpayer dollars, while […]

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Leadership Tips: Being Prepared May Require Small Talk

Jean Hale, Chairman, CEO and President of Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. received a well-deserved, standing ovation at the March Roundtable, and it had to be because her presentation was filled with good advice and great examples for succeeding in business. Jean admits to being an over-achiever all her life.  “I wanted to be good and […]

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Nikky Finney, Author & National Book Award Winner

Author & 2011 National Book Award Winner for Head Off & Split Nikky Finney, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for poetry, and one of Lexington’s most beloved literary figures came to Lexington in 1990 as a one-year visiting professor at UK. She wrote her second book of poetry, Rice, in a cubbyhole desk at […]

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Lindy Karns, CPA & Director, Blue & Co.

Lindy Karns, a CPA and director at Blue and Company, describes her career path as a tortured one. “Someone once said if you are a reader, you’ll read a cereal box rather than not read. In my case, it is certainly true. I loved reading novels and eating chocolates and mistakenly believed that it could […]

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Jean Hale, President & CEO, Community Trust Bancorp

Hale was recently named among the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking.” This recognition by American Banker magazine placed Hale in the company of industry titans such as Irene Dorner, CEO of HSBC USA; and Beth Mooney, CEO of Key Corp. In ranking Hale at No. 24, American Banker noted Community Trust’s improvements in key […]

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