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Laura Boison | Senior VP | BB&T

Laura Boison is the Senior Vice President, Commercial Group for BB&T in Lexington. Laura formerly held leadership positions at USBank, ES Barr and Company and JP Morgan Chase.

Laura is a founding member and past chair of the Board of Directors of Women Leading Kentucky, she currently serves on the Advisory Council to the organization. Her community involvement includes serving on the boards of Transylvania University, Commerce Lexington, Bluegrass Care Navigators/Hospice of the Bluegrass and the Chrysalis House among others. In the past she has served on the boards of the Wilderness Road Girl Scouts, The YMCA of Central Kentucky, Junior Achievement, United Way of the Bluegrass, the March of Dimes and others. Laura also participates in the UK Alumni Band. Laura has been recognized as Outstanding Woman of the Year and among the Top Women in Business in Lexington. In 2012 Commerce Lexington recognized her as the Volunteer of the Year

Laura holds a B.A. in Accounting and an MBA in Business Administration from UK’s Gatton College of Business & Economics. She also participated in the Executive Training Program at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Augusta Julian | President & CEO |BCTCS

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.

Sara Stensrud | Chief People and Communications Officer | Valvoline, Inc

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