Roundtable Speakers

Women Leading Kentucky is excited to welcome the following speakers to share about their journey to leadership during the Fall 2019 Roundtable Series.

Christa Marrillia | VP & Chief Marketing Officer, Keeneland

November 21    

Christa Marrillia joined Keeneland in 2003 and serves as the company’s Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.  Marrillia oversees the Keeneland Marketing, Communications and Sponsorship teams as well as the Keeneland Library. Christa is a native of Midway and a graduate of the University of Kentucky.  Marrillia is actively engaged in the community serving on the VisitLEX Tourism Commission, board of directors for LexArts, Downtown Lexington Partnership advisory board, and is a member and past president of the Bluegrass Hospitality Association.  Christa and her husband Josh live in Lexington with their two sons Lincoln and Winston.

Mary Quinn Ramer | President, VisitLEX

August 29

Mary Quinn K. Ramer is President of VisitLEX, where she oversees all administrative, marketing and convention activities for the destination organization. Mary Quinn brings 20 years of tourism, marketing communications, and event planning experience to VisitLEX.

Prior to becoming President, Mary Quinn spent seven years as the Vice President of Marketing at the organization.

During her tenure, she has overseen a successful rebranding effort and launch of the iconic blue horse brand, coordinated all Bureau activities for two international equine events, launched an original culinary tourism initiative, launched a national PR campaign for the destination, and has recently overseen the implementation of blue horse branded merchandise. Working with city officials and architects, Mary Quinn was an active participant in the restoration of the Old Fayette Courthouse, which now houses VisitLEX headquarters and their state-of-the-art visitor center.

In addition, Mary Quinn is active with numerous tourism-related organizations, including membership on the Kentucky Horse Park Commission and the boards of the Kentucky Travel Industry Association, Horse Country, Inc., Rural Land Management Board, Sister Cities, Equestrian Events International, LexArts, and McDowell House Museum. She is also a member of the Breeders’ Cup 2020 Host Committee.

Mary Quinn has been fortunate to be involved in many award-winning projects over the years. She is a proud recipient of the Public Relations Society of America’s top honor, the Silver Anvil, as well as the numerous marketing awards from the Kentucky Travel Industry Association, including Most Innovative Award in both 2017 and 2018. In 2015, Mary Quinn received the Lois Mateus Networking Award from the Kentucky Distillers Association and the Bourbon Women organization.

Mary Quinn is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Centre College, and in 2008, she received the Distinguished Young Alumna Award from the College.

Mary Quinn lives in downtown Lexington with her family and enjoys traveling–across the globe and to interesting spots in her beloved Commonwealth, trying out new restaurants, spending time with her precious nieces and nephews, and savoring every last bite of a gingerbread man from Burke’s Bakery in her hometown Danville.

Laura Boison | Market President, BB&T

Susan Elkington | President, Toyota TMMK

October 10

As president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) since 2018, Elkington oversees a $7 billion operation, which employs nearly 8,000 people, and in a year, can produce as many as 550,000 vehicles and more than 600,000 engines. TMMK is Toyota’s largest production facility globally, producing the Camry, Avalon and Lexus ES 350 (including hybrid versions of all three), plus four-cylinder and V6 engines, in Georgetown, Kentucky.

Elkington joined TMMK in January 2017 as senior vice president, overseeing the plant’s manufacturing and administrative functions. Prior to this role, she served as general manager, Production Control Division at Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC) global headquarters in Toyota City, Japan, supporting Toyota’s 53 manufacturing plants worldwide.

Elkington began her career with Toyota in 1998 in Princeton, Indiana, as an assembly engineering specialist. By 2013, she held the position of manufacturing vice president at TMMI.

She serves on the board of the Prichard Committee, is a Kentucky Chamber of Commerce board member and a member of the executive committee, a STEP Ahead Honoree (2014) and ATHENA of Southwest Indiana Award Finalist (2013).

Elkington earned her mechanical engineering degree from the University of Evansville, in Evansville, Indiana.

Favorite quote: “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% of how I react to it.” Charles R. Swindoll

Erica Kellem Beasley | Executive Director for KY, American Cancer Society

October 30  

Erica Kellem Beasley joined the American Cancer Society North Central Region as Executive Director for Kentucky on March 18. Her focus is the development and execution of the Kentucky Area Plan, building/activating a strong Area Board, and leading the team-of-teams in Kentucky.

Beasley brings 24 years of experience working in the financial/banking industry and is no stranger to cultivating meaningful customer relationships. Her strengths include management of large portfolio clients/prospects, driving revenue, budget management, and coaching/building strong teams to perform at optimal levels. She also values a fun working environment where the team celebrates big, small, individual and team successes.

Beasley is a native of Louisville, a graduate of the University of Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Learning and is a huge Cards fan. She resides in Louisville with her husband, a Louisville Metro Police Department officer, and two children ages 24 and 11.

Beasley enjoys family/friend gatherings, cooking, traveling, and spending time at the beach (one of her happy places). She has been impacted by cancer through many family members, making the Society’s mission highly personal to her. She is a longtime ACS supporter, having participated in Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events in Louisville.

About ACS: The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a global grassroots force of nearly 2 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to