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2018 Sip and Shop

On Thursday August 9, we had our Summer Sip & Shop at The Summit.  Eleven different vendors offered special discounts, drink and food specials, and snacks at each shop, making for a great networking event for everyone in attendance.  Special thanks to all of the Commerce Lexington members that participated, and Terri Stein with Scout & Molly for helping us get so many vendors!  Over 50 Lead Lex alumni made it out for a beautiful night of shopping and fun!

Sip and Shop

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Alumni Spotlight - Catrena Bowman (January 2018)

This months Member Spotlight focuses on proud anodized titanium card carrying Lifetime Member of the Leadership Lexington Alumni Association, Catrena Bowman. Originally from Madisonville, Kentucky, an academic scholarship to the University of Kentucky (she has beauty and brains) brought her to Lexington in the 1990s and she has been here ever since. Catrena is the Director of Community Services at Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas counties. The Community Action Council is an economic development organization that works with families to help them move through the continuum of self-sufficiency by providing outstanding child development services at their Prep Academies, offering safety net services to prevent homelessness and work with families to find gainful employment by providing short-term certified training. Catrena is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Lexington. As the case with many alumni, she greatly enjoyed the experience noting that it "exposed me to facets of Lexington that I never knew existed or had not taken the time to fully explore.....I enjoyed making new friends and meeting new people that work in other industries." Highlights of her year included 1) visiting Keeneland and watching the horses work out early in the morning and 2) "Diversity and Inclusion Day" as "we were able to talk about race and equality in our country and be vulnerable to talk through our own biases and to hear and see the perspective of others". As anyone who knows Catrena can attest to, she has a passion for fashion. She even hosts a radio show on Lexington Community Radio called "Inspired Fashion" in which "we inspire women and men to look and feel their very best!" You can find her on Facebook at Inspired Fashion, on Instagram @inspiredfashn40 and on Snapchat as inspiredfashn. She frequently post videos on her shopping experiences and tips for finding great deals. If you have any fashion questions (Are socks with sandals finally back in?), do not hesitate to contact her. Catrena has many passions, but raising her three children (22, 19 and 16) is her biggest priority. Now that they are getting older, she has more opportunities to enjoy Lexington's vibrant nightlife. She enjoys jazz at Creaux and Thursday Night Live during the Summer. If you see Catrena, tell her hello (but don't ask to see her Lifetime Member card)! She may even give you a little free fashion advice - not that you need it.

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Alumni Spotlight - Chase Hall (February 2018)

I am pleased to introduce you to the Leadership Lexington Alumni Association’s newest lifetime member, Chase Hall. Chase proudly hails from Dayton, Ohio. A motivation to experience life outside of Ohio led to an undergraduate degree from Saint Louis University (pretentiously referred to as “SLU”). After graduating from “SLU” he could not bear the thought of eating any more of that deplorable Imo’s “pizza” and took his talents south, where he earned graduate degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His Master’s in Health Administration led him to the Administrative Fellowship program at UK HealthCare. He has been in Lexington ever since. While he loves Lexington, you will find him in Columbus most Saturdays in the fall as he is an avid Ohio State Buckeyes fan. Chase was a part of what many believe to be Leadership Lexington’s most accomplished class ever, the 2015-2016 class. Chase found the Leadership Lexington program to provide a raw appreciation for the livability and future of the city, and he was grateful to participate in that experience. He particularly enjoyed the Small Business, Equestrian and Arts & Quality of Life days. Chase notes “For any emerging leaders, it is worth a serious look as it provides a nice pathway for connecting with leaders from various industries, and forming new friendships!” Chase currently serves on the leadership team at Baptist Health Lexington as the Executive Director – Bariatrics, Gastroenterology & Respiratory. His primary responsibility is the development of Baptist’s new Digestive Health (GI & Bariatric) and Respiratory programs. “Baptist is focused on being the provider of choice for the healthcare services that we offer, and I play a role in organizing a network of health professionals to provide high quality convenient care. Having worked at Baptist Health Lexington for the last six years, I can easily say that it is the best place I have ever worked. We have great people, a great culture, and great leadership.” As if being a high powered hospital executive is not enough, he also finds time to serve on The Children’s Charity of the Bluegrass board. With great company partners and community leaders this organization donates over $350,000 annually toward children advocacy initiatives that benefit Central Kentucky. Additionally, he recently had the chance to get involved with UK’s Master of Health Administration program. Chase notes that “Healthcare is evolving, so it has been nice to see how up-and-coming healthcare leaders view current and future healthcare challenges.” When Chase is not working or serving the community, you are likely to find him at West 6th or Kentucky Native Café with his dog, Watson. Next time you see Chase, tell him hello!

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New Website Launch

We are excited to launch our new Website.  Check it out 

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Rare opportunity to experience the "Queen's Room" on the Top Floor of Keeneland.

Rare opportunity to experience the "Queen's Room" on the Top Floor of Keeneland.


WANTED: A few good alumni to enjoy a day at the races in the very swanky Keeneland Room.  Ticket includes lunch buffet, preferred parking, program, and oh-did-we-mention it's in the penthouse of the Keeneland grandstands/clubhouse?!

RSVP Today, Maximum 2 Tickets/alumni association member for now.  We need between 50-80 people, so we'll see how RSVPs go then possibly open it up to additional guests/colleagues. 

Ticket Price is $65 per person for Paid LLAA Members - includes gourmet lunch buffet and afternoon snacks, preferred parking, program, dedicated betting stations, and private wait staff.

We hope everyone can make it, it should be fun!  We're doing a ONE WEEK PREVIEW SALE for all Paid Alumni Members, then inviting the current Lead Lex class to join us depending on ticket sales.

October 15th 1 hour before post.

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On the Table Results - What Makes Lexington Great and What We Can Do To Make it Better

On March 15, 11,700 people came together during small meal-time conversations to discuss what makes Lexington great and what they could do to make it better. The next day, On the Table participants received an online survey that asked about concerns, ideas and solutions that came up during their discussions. Surveys were analyzed by the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement at the University of Illinois at Chicago. And now the results are in.
Of the top ten topics most frequently discussed, transportation heads the list. Other top subjects included economic issues and poverty; equity and social inclusion; environment and parks, and housing and homelessness.
A total of 1,464 On the Table participants, or 12.5%, responded to the survey. The overwhelming majority described themselves as very engaged in their communities, frequent donors to charities, and regular voters in local elections. Ninety-seven percent rated Lexington as a great place to live. Eighty-three percent believed they can have an impact in their community. More than 80 percent said they are likely to take action regarding issues discussed at their tables.
Blue Grass Community Foundation, which led the On the Table event, has announced that it will offer $50,000 in grants to help participants act on their creative ideas.
“What’s Next awards will be an investment in great, grassroots ideas that came out of On the Table discussions,” said Lisa Adkins, President/CEO of Blue Grass Community Foundation. “These projects have the potential to make a significant difference in our community. We are very grateful to the Knight Foundation for its support for On the Table.”
Twenty-five grants of $2,000 each will be awarded. Successful applicants will have six months to carry out a local project first discussed during an On the Table event.
“Everyone who formally registered with an email address to be part of On the Table—not just those who returned surveys--are eligible to apply,” said Adkins. She added that registrants will receive an email with more details.
Results of the On the Table Lexington 2017 survey can be found at A summary of the report’s highlights is available, along with a detailed, searchable report.

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