Thursday, September 21 | Lexington
Soha Saiyed | Human Trafficking Activist
Soha Saiyed is a change-maker who isn’t afraid to talk about the tough topics. As an attorney with the law firm of Abney & McCarty, she represents workers who have experienced discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. When she is not in the courtroom, she is educating the community about human trafficking in Kentucky. Through training and educational sessions, she helps people understand how human trafficking works and discusses the signs of human trafficking and how to help prevent it.
Soha is originally from India and moved to Shelbyville when she was a teenager. After graduating from Shelby County High School she received her B.A. from Bellarmine University and J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Louisville. Soha is a member of several community organizations, including serving as co-chair of the Nelson and Shelby County Human Trafficking Task Forces, and on the board of the ACLU of Kentucky. Formerly, Soha was a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society. She served rural, low-income Kentuckians in such areas as landlord-tenant, foreclosure, consumer, and family law.
Wednesday, October 11 | Lexington KY
Pamela Goodwine | Circuit Court Judge
Judge Pamela Goodwine was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio and moved to Lexington in November of 1979 to begin her career as a court reporter. She began her undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky in January of 1980 and despite many tragedies and obstacles, Goodwine graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky, Carol Martin Gatton College of Business in 1991. Judge Goodwine received her law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1994 and was admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in October 1994.
Judge Goodwine was employed by the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs from 1994 until her appointment to the bench in August of 1999. She became the first African American female to be appointed and subsequently elected to the bench in Fayette County, Kentucky. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Goodwine chaired the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights and served as a commissioner of that agency.
Judge Goodwine was named the Fayette County Bar Association’s 2001 Outstanding Young Lawyer and was inducted into the Carol Martin Gatton College of Business and Economics Alumni Hall of Fame in February 2000. Judge Goodwine became Chief Regional District Judge in December 2002 and was elected to the Fayette Circuit Court in November 2003 to complete an unexpired term. She was elected to a full term in November 2006, served as Regional Vice-Chief for the 22nd Judicial Circuit for eight years and was recently elected to serve as Regional Chief Judge for the 22nd Judicial Circuit. On September 21, 2012, Judge Goodwine received the Henry V. Pennington Trial Judge of the Year Award from the Kentucky Justice Association.
Judge Goodwine is married to Mr. Lee A. Padgett, Jr. They have a ten-year-old German Shepherd named Kobe. In June, 2012, Judge Goodwine was certified as a Jazzercise fitness instructor. She enjoys teaching fitness classes, sports and interior design.
Thursday, October 26 | Richmond
- Morning Forum Theme: PILOTING YOUR COURSE: Entrepreneurial & Professional Women’s Forum ● Negotiate ● Balance ● Authenticity ● Give Back
- Panelists include:
- Kristel Smith – Executive Director, KY Innovation Network
- Patty Breeze – Owner, Breeze Financial
- Amber Philpott – Anchor, WKYT TV
- Colleen Spencer – Owner, Twine Market & Design
Keynote: Gov. Martha Layne Collins
Lunch sponsor: Kentucky Innovation
During her administration (1983-1987), Governor Collins chose economic development and education as the issues that needed attention in order to improve the lives of Kentuckians. The results were a $300 million school improvement package and a new Toyota automobile plant in Georgetown. Ten years later, Toyota chose Kentucky as the home of its North American headquarters, benefiting thousands of individual Kentuckians, businesses and communities, as well as putting Kentucky on the world map.
Not only was Collins the first and only woman governor of Kentucky, she has served as President of St. Catharine’s College, Executive in Residence at U of L and Georgetown College, Director of the International Business and Management Center at the University of Kentucky, and CEO/President of the Kentucky World Trade Center. She serves on several national boards and is an Honorary Consul General to Japan. Martha Layne Collins has demonstrated, through her continuing and varied accomplishments, that women can use their leadership abilities, education and determination to master whatever career or profession they choose. To hear her tell it, “I was taught by my parents that I could, and should, make a difference in this life. My gender wasn’t an issue: I was expected to use my abilities to make this world a better place. And that’s what I’ve tried to do.”
She is an inspiration and role model for women –and men–throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond. Gov. Collins has been involved with Women Leading Kentucky, chairing the Advisory Council since it was founded in 1999, guiding, inspiring and mentoring the development of programs and people.
Thursday, November 16 | Lexington KY
Lou Anna Red Corn | Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 22nd Judicial Circuit of Kentucky, (Fayette County)
Speaker sponsor: Traditional Bank
Lou Anna Red Corn is in her 31st year as a prosecutor and is the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 22nd Judicial Circuit of Kentucky, (Fayette County). Lou Anna was appointed by Governor Matt Bevin in 2016, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of long-time Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson. Prior to her appointment, Lou Anna worked as an Assistant Fayette County Attorney for 30 years, and served as Larson’s Deputy since 2006. Before becoming a prosecutor, she was an Assistant Public Defender in Eastern Kentucky, and worked briefly in civil practice.
Ms. Red Corn has tried more than 225 felony cases, including 51 homicides. She is an advocate for all victims of crime, but takes a special interest in child victim cases, especially child fatalities from inflicted head trauma, child sexual abuse and child exploitation through electronic solicitation and child pornography. Lou Anna helped establish the Fayette County Child Sexual Abuse Multi-Disciplinary Team in 1989, which still serves as a model for other teams statewide. She was one of the principal authors of the state’s first model protocol for child sexual abuse multi-disciplinary teams and was a coauthor of the Kentucky Attorney General’s Child Sexual Abuse Manual in 2003. She is also a founding and current board member of the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass, Inc.
Ms. Red Corn is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation. Her family lived on the Osage Reservation in northwest Oklahoma until her father took the family to Colorado, and later Louisville, Kentucky. She returns to Oklahoma each June to participate in tribal dances, the In-Lon-Shka. Lou Anna is married to Luke Morgan and is the mother of two adult sons.