20th Annual Business & Leadership Conference

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
8:30am – 3:30pm
Marriott Griffin Gate, Lexington

This premier statewide annual conference brings together professionals who are interested in leadership development, networking with other business minded individuals and hearing challenges and lessons learned from inspirational keynotes. Join us for a dynamic morning keynote, interactive and educational breakout sessions, tantalizing silent auction, presentation of the Martha Layne Collins Leadership Awards honoring local women of achievement, a wonderful array of 40+ exhibitors and our signature door prize drawing. Our conference draws in 400 leaders across many work sectors/industries who are at varying stages of their career.


7:30am  Registration | Continental Breakfast | Silent Auction Opens | Visit Exhibitors

8:30am – Conference Convenes

Welcome from Toyota Motor Manufacturing KY, Presenting Sponsor

Mayor Linda Gorton Remarks 

Keynote: Jackie Joyner-Kersee | Olympic Legend & Gold Medalist

Networking Break 

10:15am – Breakout Sessions

  • #1: Confident Communication & Networking Know-How

Presenter:  Terri Thompson | Speaker, Trainer, Entrepreneur

  • #2: How To Be One In a Million

Presenter:  Laura Boison | Market President, BB&T

  • #3: Coach for Success: Improve Employee Performance

Presenter: Alison Begor | Director of Human Resources, Transylvania University

Networking Break

12:00 – Luncheon and Guest Performance

Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award Program

Award Recipients:

  • Laura Boison | Market President, BB&T
  • Sharon Currens | Executive Director, Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Panel Discussion Moderator: Nancy Cox | Anchor, WLEX-TV

2:00pm – Afternoon Program 

Door Prize Gift Drawing | Silent Auction Closes

Networking Break

2:15pm – Breakout Sessions: Repeat

3:30pm – Conference adjourns 

  • $145 pp   All Day
  • $130 pp   Group Rate (4 or more)
  • $55 pp     Lunch Only
  • $500        Lunch Only-Table of 10
  • $1,300     Special Rate: All Day Table of 10
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