Roundtable Networking Luncheons are held throughout the fall and winter attracting over 200 business professionals at each event. If you’ve attended in the past, you know the value of face time with this prestigious group! Be empowered by speakers who are prominent leaders in Kentucky as they share their personal and professional challenges and lessons learned. Connect with leaders and decision makers, build your network, visit exhibitors (and do a little shopping!), win amazing door prizes, feel empowered and make new friends. Attendees have the opportunity to announce job openings and candidates who are searching for new employment can share their qualifications to this diverse network of professionals. This is an event you don’t want to miss!
- 11:30-12:00 Register/Network/Visit Exhibitors
- 12:00pm Lunch & Program
- 1:20pm Drawing for door prizes
- 1:30pm Adjourn
- January 16 | Tanya Torp, Executive Director, Step by Step
- February 6 | Marsha Weinstein, President, National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites
- February 26 | Ashli Watts, President & CEO, KY Chamber of Commerce
- March 19 | Kimra Cole, President & COO, Columbia Gas
- April 9 | Sam Mitchell, CEO & Director, Valvoline
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Tanya Torp is an agent for social change and has spent her career engaging in community-based initiatives as convener, speaker, trainer, writer, and consultant. Her full-time job as Executive Director at Step By Step, Inc encourages and equips young single mothers, ages 12-24, through an empowerment model which includes mentoring, deep listening, case management, support groups, leadership development, and walking alongside them towards their own definitions of success.
Marsha Weinstein is Co-Founder of KY Women Advocates and CASA of the River Region as well as a former Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Women. While in office, she coordinated a Women’s Media Project; founded the Kentucky Women’s Leadership network and sponsored the U.S. Southeastern Regional Conference on Women. She is the founder of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust and Louisville Girls Leadership.
Ashli Watts was recently named the President and CEO for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Ashli joined the organization in 2012 and during her tenure as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs she led efforts in passing significant pieces of legislation such as felony expungement in 2016, right to work legislative in 2017, workers’ compensation reform in 2018 and reinstating arbitration agreements in 2019. As part of the Chamber’s leadership team, the Kentucky Chamber was named National State Chamber of the Year in 2017.
Kimra Harper Cole recently returned to Lexington to take the helm of Columbia Gas of Kentucky as its first female president and chief operating officer. Recently named in The Lane Report’s “Top Women In Business” listing, the Richmond native now leads a nearly all-female leadership team. Kimra has risen through the ranks at Columbia Gas and its parent company, NiSource. In the past 22 years, she has served in leadership roles in marketing, engineering and operations, including her most recent stint in Columbus, Ohio as Vice President of Distribution Operations.
Sam Mitchell was named chief executive officer and director of Valvoline effective September 2016.
Mitchell joined Ashland in 1997 as director of marketing for Valvoline’s brand management group. In 1999, he was named vice president of marketing, and in 2000, vice president and general manager of Valvoline’s do-it-yourself (DIY) retail business. He became president of Valvoline and vice president of Ashland in 2002. In 2011, Mitchell was named senior vice president of Ashland, while retaining his responsibilities for Valvoline.
Prior to joining Valvoline, he held brand and category management leadership positions at The Clorox Company for eight years.
Mitchell currently serves on the board of trustees of Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. From 2006 to 2012, he served on the board of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association. Mitchell is active in the Lexington community, working with Young Life, Lexington Leadership Foundation and Habitat for Humanity.
A Michigan native, Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Miami University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.