The University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics is proud to have so many successful, influential and inspirational women among the faculty, staff, alumnae and partners who continue to serve, lead, build and give to the state of Kentucky. That’s why Gatton has been a strong partner of Women Leading Kentucky. We believe in WLK’s message, story, network and vision for women to become inspirational leaders in their professional, personal and communities in which they serve.

Our success stories best showcase the impact that women are making that represent the University of Kentucky and the Gatton College of Business and Economics. We would like to recognize just some of our Gatton alumnae, those women who are continuing to shine and elevate in Kentucky:

Victoria Russell, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Beam Suntory
Kimra Cole, President and COO at Columbia Gas of Kentucky
Marian Guinn, President of MG Coaching and Consulting
Michelle Allen, Vice President of Sales DIY at Valvoline, Inc.
Taunya Phillips, Senior Associate Director of New Venture & Alliance in the Office of Technology Commercialization at the University of Kentucky
Laura Boison, Market President at BB&T
Mary Beth Wright, Business Development Director at Messer Construction
Yajaira Aich West, Vice President and Client & Community Relations Director at PNC

We are very thankful to the approximately 300,000 alums that have graduated from the University of Kentucky over the years, and the many thousands who are now proud and influential alums of the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

Thank you to the many women (and men) who continue to inspire and add value in their communities. We hope the education that you received from the University of Kentucky and Gatton continues to help you be the best servant leader in Kentucky.


Christopher T. Carney

Director of MBA and MS in Marketing Recruitment & Interim Manager of Social Media

Gatton College of Business and Economics University of Kentucky