Leadership Central Kentucky


Leadership Central Kentucky is a program to: educate and inform individuals on issues and opportunities for all of our region’s communities; create awareness and understanding of how each county’s actions affect the others; and to help foster a regional vision for the Bluegrass. Its vision seeks to build a network of committed, informed and progressive citizens connected across institutions and county lines. These leaders of the new century embrace and embody the philosophy that our region will realize its highest potential through working together.

The Leadership Central Kentucky Board seeks to identify those individuals most likely to utilize their regional leadership abilities for a long-term benefit. Applicants must either work or live in any of the following eight counties: Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Scott, and Woodford. Approximately twenty-four individuals will be selected to participate in the program. These leaders and potential leaders will be active in business, education, the arts, religion, government, community-based organization. Attention is taken to reflect the diversity of the Bluegrass Region’s communities.

Participants will be chosen by the Leadership Central Kentucky Board based upon the information completed on the application. They will be seeking a diverse class, professionally, geographically, ethnically and gender-wise. Preference will be given to individuals who have successfully completed a local leadership program.

A mandatory Orientation kicks the program off the third Thursday and Friday in August and thereafter, the third Wednesday September through May, class members travel to one county per month with a focus on community and regional topics such as transportation, education, economic development, quality of life, public advocacy, and agri-tourism, . These topics are covered by knowledgeable speakers and panels, tours, interactive exercises and class discussions.

Sessions will last an average of eight hours between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sessions will be located throughout the region. Times and locations will be sent prior to sessions. Participant is responsible for their own transportation to the county. Once in the county, bus transportation is provided between venues. Any participant missing more than two regular full day sessions, in half-day increments, will not graduate from the program

Tuition for Leadership Central Kentucky is $600, payable no later than August 11, 2014. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. If financial assistance is sought please attach a letter officially requesting a scholarship and stating your reasons. The scholarship request must accompany the completed application to be considered. Requests for scholarship assistance are completely confidential. (Note: no full scholarships are awarded.)


• Broaden perspectives and understanding of the Bluegrass Region
• Meet local, regional and state leaders
• Develop and expand network of contacts
• Visit county sites and facilities
• Gain exposure to both current county and regional issues and developments
• Build friendships and working relationships with class members


2014-15 Class Presented By

Unified Trust

Leadership Central Kentucky Kicks Off 2014-15 Program

Article by Audra Meighan, Integrity IT
Jessamine County never saw what hit it when the Leadership Central Kentucky Class of 2014-15 arrived there in August. Twenty-three dynamic, eager leaders representing eight different counties came together at the Comfort Inn on US 27 August 21st for an action-packed overnight orientation.

Leadership program director Amy Carrington Stallard kicked off events by introducing sponsors Nila Wells of Toyota and William DiOrio from KU who shared some inspiration and advice. Board Director Amy Cloud also joined the opening ceremonies and welcomed us to her neck of the woods. The majority of the session was led by Dr. Virgil Grant who engaged us in team-building exercises followed by thorough discussion. We learned about ourselves as leaders and participants and got to know each other much quicker than groups normally would. A delicious boxed lunch from Gourmet Goodies in Nicholasville allowed the class some unstructured time to talk about families and hobbies outside of the usual business setting.

After orientation, we checked into our rooms, then piled into a large van and headed to J.D. Legends for dinner and some seriously competitive bowling!

Friday met the class with a new “mango” challenge where we discovered who the serious negotiators in the group were. After a quick review of how different people approached the negotiation exercise, we headed to Wilmore for our next challenge at Asbury’s Ropes Course.

At this point, we had really exerted ourselves mentally and socially, but now we faced the additional challenge of physical toughness. We all dug into hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch and enjoyed a meal under the picnic table shelter. When finished, we got to know the Asbury staff and did a few ice breaker exercises with them. We then split into two groups and faced the low ropes course challenge to get our feet wet. Once we conquered the low ropes, we geared up for the high ropes challenge and headed down the hill to see what awaited us.

And, oh, what awaited us! Among the treetops were bridges made of rickety swings, ropes, and nets. After safety training, several people attacked the course while others stayed on the ground to serve as failsafes. We all watched as our new friends got stuck, got tired, got scared, and got through the course—cheering them on whenever they needed it. Bill Ellis and Brandon Helton fearlessly battled to see who could complete the course the most times, while Billie Peavler paved the way for swinging as the way back down to the ground. Everyone helped someone.

After a quick review of what we’d learned, we all headed back to the vans and said goodbye until next month. And I’m really looking forward to next month, and the next month, and the next.