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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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Give Back, Feel Good and Live Longer!

I think it 2004 when the Board of Women Leading Kentucky carved out its mission of creating opportunities for women to lead, learn, achieve and give back to the community.  We spent a lot of time discussing whether learning should come before leading, but that was due, mostly, to our affection for order and logic. […]

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Keep on Pivoting

Welcome to our new website and blog. Keeping up and communicating via blog will be a challenge for me; I want to be sure it’s relevant to you, your concerns and interests, so let me hear from you. Entrepreneurship seems to be the hot button here in Lexington these days. Yesterday, I attended the Lexington […]

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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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