The Legacy of Dr. King: Where do we go from here?
THE LEGACY OF DR. KING: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Our virtual Power Hour Leadership Series features successful professionals who share their leadership story and discuss relevant topics to inspire and motivate. Join us for a dynamic event featuring a preview of Fire and Heart: A Blueprint for Liberation, a documentary film about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. KET’s Renee Shaw will lead a conversation on how Dr. King’s legacy speaks to issues today with guests Ashley Smith, Co-Founder and COO with Black Soil; and Joan Brannon, Documentary Film Maker, Artist, and Arts Administrator.
3:00 pm Panel: Joan Brannon and Ashley Smith in conversation with Moderator Renee Shaw
3:45 pm Q&A
4:00 pm Networking hosted by Karen Harbin, President and CEO of Commonwealth Credit Union
Leading Sponsor $1,500 per event
Welcome guests to event, logo on newsletter and displayed at event; logo on website for series duration (Jan-Apr); marketing on collateral material; sponsor designation on press release; sponsor spotlight on social media; recognizing and honoring a woman from your business on social media.
Speaker Sponsor $1,500 per event
Introduction of speaker; facilitate Q&A with speaker; logo on newsletter and displayed at event; logo on website for series duration (Jan-Apr); marketing on collateral material; sponsor spotlight on social media; recognizing and honoring a woman from your business on social media.
Virtual Swag Bag $1,500 (series) – Supporting Local Businesses
Attendees receive a WLK email that incorporates sponsor branding along with discount codes, digital publications or other digital goodies from local businesses; direct marketing to WLK network; logo on newsletter and displayed at event; logo on website for series duration (Jan-Apr).
Closing Credits Sponsor – $500 per event
30-second video of sponsor thanking guests and all sponsors for attending and promoting their business; logo on website, newsletter and collateral material.
Joan Brannon is an artist, activist, arts-administrator who cares deeply about community. Her focus is arts and social change. In 1995, Brannon launched a film and video production company, known today as Brannon Media. Joan’s work put a lens on the extraordinary lives of Black people and voiced issues impacting women and youth. She is currently in production on Fire and Heart: A Blueprint for Liberation, which features organizers on the frontlines of Kentucky’s racial justice movement. Joan is a percussionist, performer and teaching artist with a focus on healing. In Louisville, she leads a program for young artist/entrepreneurs. As an arts administrator, Joan co-founded ArtsPower Lexington, was the project director for the re-opening of the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in Lexington and has served in other positions throughout Ky.
A native of Lexington, KY, Ashley C. Smith graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She is the Co-founder and COO of Black Soil: Our Better Nature, a statewide agritourism company with a mission of reconnecting Black Kentuckians to their legacy and heritage in agriculture. Smith has worked for such brands as KentuckyOne Health, Bluegrass Hospitality Group, Community Ventures, NetGain Technologies, Smiley Pete Publishing, The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center and Fayette Alliance.
Smith’s other professional involvement, leadership and accolades include: Ethical Redevelopment Salon member under the leadership of Theaster Gates, Secretary for Kentucky State University’s Extension and Research Advisory Council, and 2016 Scholarship Chair for the Bluegrass Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In addition, her leadership also includes serving on the Management Team for the crave food + music festival and Steering Committee member for the Kentucky Rural Urban Exchange. Her professional portfolio also includes voice over and Mistress of Ceremonies duties for City of Lexington 2017, 2018, and 2020 Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration, Stage Emcee for 2017 and 2018 crave lexington food + music festival. She earned an Emmy nomination for KET’s Kentucky Life episode, A Kentucky Christmas, voicing the work of Kentucky native, writer and poet, Effie Waller Smith.
Smith and Trevor Claiborn are the proud parents of Caroline and Trevor, Jr.