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Thursday, January 19 | Lexington

DeAnn Stephens | Radio Show Host, iHeartMedia

deann-stephensDeAnn Stephens was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. A graduate of Lafayette High School, and Eastern Kentucky University where she majored in Broadcasting. Stephens started her broadcasting career in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky where she was a general assignment reporter and Anchor at WYMT T.V. After a couple of years there, she landed a position at WKYT T.V., the CBS affiliate in Lexington, where she started as a morning reporter. Quickly, Stephens moved into the anchor chair, and at some point, ended up anchoring every newscast WKYT put on the air.

After 13 years in television, Stephens decided it was time for a change. She joined 98.1 The Bull in the Spring of 2008 as Host of the Morning Show, where she has been nominated twice now for ‘Broadcast Personality of the year’ by the Country Music Association!

Now, DeAnn is doing both!! Not only can you listen each weekday morning but you can watch WKYT-TV weekdays from 4-5pm for ‘Out & About’ with DeAnn! Featuring the fabulous people, places, & things happening in the Bluegrass!

Wednesday, February 8 | lexington KY

Ruth Brinkley | CEO, KentuckyOne Health

ruth-brinkleyRuth W. Brinkley is President and CEO of KentuckyOne Health, and Senior Vice President of Operations for Catholic Health Initiatives.  KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. With nearly 12,000 employees and more than 3100 licensed beds across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana, KentuckyOne Health is Kentucky’s largest health system.

A native of Georgia, Brinkley has 40 years of health care experience working in private, public, academic, community–based, and healthcare organizations.  Prior to joining KentuckyOne Health, Brinkley served as president and chief executive officer of Southern Arizona’s largest health system, Carondelet Health Network, part of Ascension Health.

Ms. Brinkley’s academic experience includes serving as associate executive director, chief nurse, and associate dean of clinical practice at the University of Alabama (UAB) Hospitals in Birmingham.

Brinkley holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in nursing from De Paul University and is a registered nurse. A Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, she is a founding member of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation and is a frequent speaker on both health care delivery and leadership.

Brinkley considers the launch of KentuckyOne Health her most memorable leadership experience “because of the tremendous potential it has to improve the health of Kentuckians and expand health services across the state.” In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, writing, traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Thursday, March 9 | Lexington KY

2016 Commerce Lexington’s Small Business Award Winners

Kaelyn Query | Founder & President, LexEffect

kaelyn-queryAt a young age, Kaelyn found a passion for event planning and management. Starting her business at age 14, she never dreamed this could become a ‘real job’. LexEffect has rapidly grown, producing events of all types across the country. Kaelyn, a Lexington Native, graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Communications and Marketing Management – she was named a ‘Rising Star’ from Lexington Young Professionals Association, and was recently awarded the Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 by Commerce Lexington for the Salute to Small Business awards.


Salvador Sanchez | Owner, A Cup of Common Wealth

salvador-sanchesSanchez is the owner of A Cup of Common Wealth, LLC and owner of Magic Beans Coffee Roasters in Lexington, KY. With over 15 years experience in the coffee industry, Sanchez consults for beverage companies, both coffee and non-coffee related.

He serves on the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission, the Lexington Neighborhood Action Match Program Commission, Chamber of Commerce’s Emerge Lexington Steering Committee, and the Marketing Committee for Seedleaf.  He has also served on the following boards: Seedleaf, Reading Camp, Local First Lexington, and Big Brothers Big Sisters (Amarillo, TX).

Prior to opening A Cup of Common Wealth, Sanchez has served as Director of Coffee and Customer Experience, Director of Cafes, Regional Manager, Senior Manager of Cafes, Operations Manager, Training Manager and Operations Coordinator for several companies in Michigan, Texas and Colorado, where he has opened over 100 coffee bars and been responsible for the operations, marketing, merchandising, purchasing, training, human resources, finance and strategic initiatives of up to 150 stores.

Thursday, March 30 | Frankfort KY

Cordelia Harbut | Executive Director, Kentucky Commission on Women

Cordelia Harbut was appointed the Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Women by Governor Matt Bevin on May 23, 2016.

Harbut began her career assisting small businesses as the center director for the Lexington Area Small Business Development Center in 2001, where she worked until becoming the State Director of Special Programs for the Kentucky Small Business Development Center in 2005. In 2014 she became the statewide director for the Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center until her appointment by the Governor.

Harbut has won several awards throughout her career, including the SBA Kentucky Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year in 2013 and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Southeast, Supplier Diversity Advocate in 2008. She also was recognized by the University of Kentucky as one of several African American women who made contributions to the University of Kentucky. She has served several years as a Commissioner on the Lexington Fayette County Parking Authority. Harbut is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, with a Master’s in Business Administration.