March 12, 2019

Countdown till Emerge 2019


What is Emerge?

EMERGE is a full-day event that brings together entrepreneurs, emerging leaders, business professionals, and community members on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the University of Kentucky Gatton Student Center. By unifying Kentucky’s emerging leaders, we are empowering our future leaders to participate through networking, collaboration, and opportunities to plug into the community, and a chance for their voice to be heard. Our communities stand to benefit through better opportunities, more diverse and engaged professionals, and ultimately a stronger economy. This exciting professional development opportunity offers networking, access to community leaders, and education through breakout sessions in a variety of tracks, such as professional, personal, and community.

Emerge 2019

Keynote Speakers

Ali Rodway is a high-energy and high-impact Executive Coach and Leadership Trainer

Peter is an internationally sought-after community development consultant and grassroots engagement strategist.

Emerge 2019

Local Game Changers

Angie McDonald Evans is the Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs for LG&E and KU Energy.

Gary Means is the Executive Director of the Lexington & Fayette County Parking Authority.

Aside from a professional coaching certification through iPEC and 10+ years of corporate experience and coaching, Vitale has a superpower for helping stuck individuals and companies take action through learning one necessary, fundamental truth – They’re worth it.

David Durman works at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in the Highway Safety Improvement Program.

Billie Dollins is Market President for Community Trust Bank in the Frankfort / Georgetown / Versailles areas.

Dowell Hoskins-Squier is the President of Gray Architects & Engineers.

Dan Wu is chef and owner of Atomic Ramen, the first and only superhero-themed ramen shop in America.

Al Blevins is the 2019 President of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR).

Chris Woodall is the City of Lexington’s Manager of Long-Range Planning, and a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Michael Thomas Kunjoo is an attorney with Ward, Hocker & Thornton and the Project Manager for DiverCity Lexington.

“Being an artist is like being a spell caster,” Marjorie Guyon told me as we met to discuss her art……. Her great success has stemmed from her robust intellect and true talent in using art to affect the way that […]

Nathan Billings is the founding member of Billings Law Firm.

Dr. Liz Sheehan is a member of the psychology faculty at University of Kentucky. She enjoys mentoring undergraduates in career planning and graduate students in teaching.

Carrie Butler serves as the General Manager of Lextran, the transit authority in Lexington, Kentucky.

Marvin O. King, Jr. serves as the pastor of First Baptist Church, Winchester, and as the Executive Director of the Genesis Foundation of Kentucky.

Josh McCurn serves as Lexington-Fayette Urban County Councilmember for the 2nd District.

Patrick J Mitchell is a published award-winning photographer from New York now living in Lexington.

Emily H. Cowles is a Member of the McBrayer law office, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of banking and finance, civil litigation, corporate law, commercial real estate and equine law.

Brandi Peacher is the Director of Project Management in the Office of the Mayor with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.

Jennifer Reynolds was elected to the 11th District’s Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council in November 2018.

Virgil Grant is the Senior Pastor at Eastside Community Church in Richmond, Kentucky.

Emerge 2019 Conference

Agenda Detail

8:00-8:25am Registration

8:25am Call to Order

8:30-10am Opening Interactive Session – Ali Rodway, LoveJoy Leadership “Own Your Decisions and Create Your Future “

10-10:15am Break

10:15-11:15am Breakout Session 1

  • Next Gen Political Dynamics
  • From Me to We: How to Build a Successful Team
  • Achieving Success is as Easy as 2-1-4-3 with author Aidan Connelly
  • Women in Leadership – How Does She Do It?

11:15-11:30am Break

11:30-1:15pm Lunch – Keynote Speaker – Peter Kageyama, author For the Love of Cities and Love Where You Live
“For the Love of Lexington.”  The luncheon keynote focuses on love and emotional engagement with our place, the value of that relationship and how communities can improve it.

1:15-1:30pm Break
1:30-2:30pm Breakout Session 2

  • Downtown Design Lab – Planning Now for a Vibrant Tomorrow
  • When and How to Move: Making the Most of a Career Transition with Nathan Billings
  • 10 Most Powerful Mindset Shifts with Vitale Buford

*Conflict Resolution: From Strife to Synergy Workshop, Parts 1 & 2
A Conflict Resolution Workshop taking place during Break Out Session 2 and Session 3 with Dr. Virgil Grant is limited access and will require advance registration; attendees must commit to both sessions in order to participate.

2:30-2:45pm Break
2:45 – 3:45pm Breakout Session 3

  • “Coopertition”
  • Constructing Your Career: Build Your Own Career Development Plan with Ali Rodway
  • Life Without Your Own Car?

3:45pm Wrap up: “I Was Here – How Art Can Provoke Change in a Community” with Patrick Mitchell and Marjorie Guyon
(In same space as the reception)

4:05pm Reception “Don’t Fight Traffic, Fight the Bar Line”

Location & Parking

UK Gatton Student Center

Location: UK Gatton Student Center

AddressUniversity of Kentucky, 160, Ave of Champions, Lexington, KY 40508

Parking: Free parking for attendees.

Address: Parking Garage 5. 409 South Limestone Street, Lexington,KY 40506


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