Breakout Session Descriptions

“Own Your Decisions and Create Your Future“
Presenter: Ali Rodway, LoveJoy Leadership
Ali Rodway, our opening keynote speaker for Emerge 19, will lead an interactive session called “CHOOSE: Own Your Decisions and Create Your Future.” During this session, attendees will spend time gaining awareness of their default choosing patterns and reflect on what “shoulds” are dictating their choices and behavior. Ali will challenge attendees to get clear on what they are committed to and declare their next action and accountability.


“For the Love of Lexington”
Our luncheon keynote speaker, Peter Kageyama, is the author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and the follow up, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places. An internationally sought-after community development consultant, Peter has spent time in Lexington before, producing the Creative Cities Summit and has written about Lexington in one of his two books. As our Emerge luncheon keynote, Peter will turn his focus to Lexington, examining recent developments that tie in with themes from his books. His keynote message will empower community members, such as our emerging leader audience, to get engaged and take action to help improve quality of life, strengthen economic development, and create a vibrant culture in Lexington for all. The overall themes will focus on love and emotional engagement with our place, the value of that relationship and how communities can improve it.


BREAKOUT SESSION: Community Engagement
Next Gen Political Dynamics
Young elected officials bring new energy and fresh ideas, as well as a unique perspective of the issues facing our generation. In 2018, a record number of candidates under the age of forty ran for local office. Come hear from young people who won and lost campaigns on why they ran, the lessons they learned, and their ideas for fixing the many future issues at hand.
Speakers: Josh McCurn, Lexington Urban-County Council Member; Jennifer Reynolds, Lexington Urban-County Council Member; Sherelle Roberts Pierre, public relations, media & political consultant; Liz Sheehan, University of Kentucky professor; and Adrian Wallace, President & CEO of Bishop and Chase.


BREAKOUT SESSION: Community Engagement
Life Without Your Own Car?
Could you live your life without a car? Will autonomous shuttle pilots make their way to Lexington? What’s the one thing that could make—or break—the transition to self-driving cars? Will parking lots become urban parks and infill as a car subscription becomes the new normal? Speakers from state and local government will address those questions and dive into what the public sector is doing to prepare for the future of traffic and mobility in Lexington.
Speakers: Carrie Butler, General Manager of LexTran; David Durman, Project Manager, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet; Dowell Hoskins-Squier, President, Gray Architects and Engineers, P.S.C.; and Gary Means, Executive Director of the Lexington-Fayette County Parking Authority.


BREAKOUT SESSION: Personal Growth [Two-part Session]
Conflict Resolution: From Strife to Synergy
Wherever two or more people come together, there is bound to be conflict. In the Turning Strife to Synergy Workshop, participants will have the opportunity to take an assessment that determines how they tend to respond to conflict and what conflict-handling options are available to them. In addition, participants will learn valuable conflict management skills. Dealing with conflict is crucial for every leader and every organization, no matter what the size. When left unchecked or unresolved, conflict can lead to lost production, absences, attrition, and even lawsuits.
Speaker: Dr. Virgil Grant, Senior Pastor, Eastside Community Church.


BREAKOUT SESSION: Professional Development
It has often been said that a rising tide lifts all ships, and while that is undoubtedly true in certain circumstances, young professionals are routinely faced with competition when it comes to promotions, raises and bonuses. “Coopertition” is comprised of panelists from four different professions recognized as having varying degrees of competitive elements. The panelists will discuss their personal experiences in dealing with competition in their respective fields and provide thoughts and tactics on how to navigate the sometimes blurry line between competitor and colleague.
Speakers: Al Blevins, President of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors; Billie Dollins, Market President (Versailles/Frankfort/Georgetown), Community Trust Bank; Michael Kunjoo, Attorney with Ward, Hocker & Thornton; and Dan Wu, Owner of Atomic Ramen.


Women in Leadership – How Does She Do It?
During this rotating roundtable session, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from local female leaders about their experiences in leadership positions in business and government. If you are looking for an opportunity to gain insight into how to cultivate your personal and professional development, please join us in learning from those who have thrived in their leadership journey.
Speakers: Emily Cowles, Member with McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC; and Judge Pamela Goodwine.


I Was Here – How Art Can Provoke Change in a Community
I Was Here is an artistic collaboration between poet Nikky Finney, artist Marjorie Guyon, and photographer Patrick J. Mitchell. The project is composed of twenty-one Ancestor Spirit Portraits and centers on the public square, the physical heart of Lexington, Kentucky—Cheapside—which was one of the largest slave auction sites in the United States. This session will dive into the process and execution of this art installation and the deeper impact it will leave behind on Lexington.
Speakers: Marjorie Guyon, artist; and Patrick J. Mitchell, photographer, Images by Patrick.


BREAKOUT SESSION: Professional Development
Constructing Your Career: Build Your Own Career Development Plan
Join our opening keynote speaker, Ali Rodway, in the afternoon for a session focused on building your own career development plan. Ali will explore how to set career goals and guide you through an examination of your strengths and opportunities. You will also learn to leverage your networks and mentors, examining how to obtain feedback from those contacts and what to do with it. Lifelong learning is an aspect of career development that will also be incorporated into the session.


BREAKOUT SESSION: Professional Development
Achieving Success is as Easy as 2-1-4-3
Successful teams plan effectively. Innovate your workflow with 2-1-4-3, a disruptive approach to drive business success. During this breakout session with author Aidan Connolly, attendees will learn about the 2-1-4-3 plan, a collaborative method for business plan creation, helping companies or groups within companies find incredible opportunities for growth. Designed for anyone – management, team leaders, even individuals – there’s even a piece on doing a 2-1-4-3 for personal growth. The process outlines clear actionable steps to achieve goals and maintains accountability and an achievable agenda for everyone to see and be a part of. In addition to being great for business, the 2-1-4-3 plan is applicable to any area of your business or personal life for which you want to achieve a big goal.


10 Most Powerful Mindset Shifts
In this breakout session, Transformational Coach Vitale Buford will walk through the 10 Most Powerful Mindset Shifts that you can apply to your life today. When you are intentional with your life – that means being intentional with your thoughts, time and words – your mindset begins to change, and your reality shifts. You will leave this breakout session with:

  • 10 of the most powerful shifts to directly impact your life;
  • A complete digital vision board to carry you into 2019 and beyond; and
  • The mindset needed to make your vision a reality.


BREAKOUT SESSION: Professional Development
When and How to Move – Making the Most of a Career Transition
In this fast-paced session, learn how to position yourself for career transition. Whether you are preparing for a promotion internally or externally, learn how to express your value and goals. Following previous years, this session will give you the competitive edge as you begin your next career step!
Speaker: Nathan Billings, Attorney, Billings Law Firm, PLLC.


BREAKOUT SESSION: Community Engagement
Downtown Design Lab – Planning Now for a Vibrant Tomorrow
The revitalization of Downtown Lexington continues, and more exciting plans are in the works. Join this group of city leaders to learn about the most catalytic projects underway today and be a part of an interactive session where you are asked to share observations, ideas, and concerns you have related to our growing city center. Concise and fast-paced presentations will provide summaries and updates on the projects happening in downtown, give an overview of the importance and impact downtown development has on our city, and explain the city’s planning and public input process. Following these short presentations, attendees will convene in small groups where they will be invited to share their ideas and provide feedback for continuing to improve downtown Lexington – making it the city they want to be a part of for decades to come!
Speakers: Ethan Howard, Economic Development Project Manager, Downtown Lexington Partnership; Brandi Peacher, Director of Project Management, City of Lexington; and Christopher Woodall, Manager of Long-Range Planning, City of Lexington.


From Me to We: How to Build a Successful Team
This session is designed to help conference participants understand the dynamics of building and leading successful, high-performance teams. During this session we explore the characteristics of high performance teams, stages of team development, and practical steps to minimize the challenges in building successful teams.
Speaker: Marvin King, Pastor of First Baptist Winchester and Executive Director of the Genesis Foundation of Kentucky.