23 rd Business & Leadership Conference

Be immersed in Women Leading Kentucky’s 23rd premier statewide annual conference on May 17, 2023, with about 400+ professionals seeking to improve their business and leadership skills to positively transform their workplace and communities. 

This will be a full day of interactive professional development and purposeful networking to elevate you to becoming a more transformative leader.

May 17, 2023
Marriott Griffin Gate
8:45 AM – 2:30 PM


Business & Leadership Conference
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Email Carol Siler for more information at carol@womenleadingky.com

Morning Keynote:
Coach Kyra Elzy, University of Kentucky’s Women’s Basketball Coach

Kyra Elzy, an Oldham County, Kentucky native, has spent over a decade building the Kentucky women’s basketball program into a national power. She became the first head coach in program history to lead Kentucky to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in their first two seasons. She led Kentucky to its second SEC Tournament title in program history and its first since 1982.

In between her two stints at Kentucky, Elzy spent four years (2012-16) as an assistant coach and associate head coach at her alma mater Tennessee where she won two SEC regular-season titles and one SEC tournament title.

Elzy owns two degrees from Tennessee, a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1999 and a master’s degree in cultural studies and education with an emphasis in sports psychology in 2001. She was the first Tennessee player to earn a master’s degree while still playing. 

She is a wife to Dexter Lander – also a Kentucky native – and the couple has one son named Jackson.




Lunch Panel:
Powerhouse Path Lighters

Gina Greathouse
Exec. VP for Economic Development, Commerce Lexington

Gina is a native of Franklin County and has been working in the field of economic development for nearly 30 years. Doing economic development for the Bluegrass since April of 1995, she is currently the Executive Vice President for Economic Development and is responsible for Commerce Lexington’s economic development mission. Prior to her current appointment, she was employed by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development from 1990 to 1995. 


Melissa Moore Murphy
Fayette County District Judge

Melissa Moore Murphy is a judge of the Kentucky 22nd District Court 4th Division. She assumed office on April 24, 2020. Melissa graduated from Atherton High School in 1994. She earned a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Kentucky in 1998 and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2001. Murphy’s career experience includes working as an assistant Fayette County Commonwealth’s attorney and as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office


Darlene Thomas
Executive Director, GreenHouse17

Darlene is the Founder/Executive Director for GreenHouse17, an advocacy agency committed to ending intimate partner abuse and its impact on families within 17 central Kentucky counties.  Through her 33-year career as an advocate for survivors of power-based violence and their families, she has been responsible for direct service, comprehensive program development, and community engagement for social change efforts. Through Darlene’s leadership, GreenHouse17 has received statewide and national awards.

NEW: LIVE 45 Sessions

LIVE 45 are mini-sessions where expert consultants will answer your most significant obstacles or concerns in 45 minutes.

Concerns such as:

    • Making the Ask: The Art of Successful Fundraising
      Sponsored by: Association of Fundraising Professionals
    • Negotiation is a Life Skill – Not Just the Way to Buy a Car
      Sponsored by: Mountjoy Chilton Medley 
    • Taking Business to the Next Level with Marketing
      Sponsored by: 46 Solutions

    • Promoting Self Harmony

    • Career Pivots: A Purposeful Shift in a New Direction
      Sponsored by: Sutherland & Associates
    • Owning Your Accomplishments

All Thanks to our Sponsors for Leading the Path

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Name Tags Sponsor

Stage Decor Sponsor

Door Prize Presenter Sponsor

Breakfast & Beverage Sponsor

Live 45 Session Sponsor

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Gift Bag Sponsor

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Conference UNPLUGGED Party Name Tag Sponsor

Conference UNPLUGGED Party Food & Beverage Sponsor

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Live 45 Session Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor

Lunch Table Marketing Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

Showcase your brand to a diverse group of business professionals and connect with decision makers! Benefits: • admission to all-day conference • continental breakfast • lunch • participation in sessions  • 6′ table w/ linen • company name listed in collateral materials • recognition in program book • logo w/ link on WLK website • promotion on WLK e-newsletter & social media.

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