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


2013-14 Class Presented By

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.

Leadership Central Kentucky Class Closes Out 2013-14 Program With Graduation

Commerce Lexington Inc. Staff Report
The Leadership Central Kentucky class finished its 2013-14 program year with a Reflection and Graduation Day on May 21 at Transylvania University. The group began its final day session at Graham Cottage on the campus of Transylvania with a breakfast and welcome from program director Amy Carrington and Dr. Virgil Grant.

Dr. Grant led the Leadership Central Kentucky class through a variety of exercises to help the group members reflect and build on what they learned throughout the program year. The objective of the day session was an overview and reflection of the participants’ experience, with a discussion of their continued journey to successful personal direction and community leadership.

Following the morning activities, the group relocated to the Transylvania University’s Forrer Hall for a luncheon keynote and graduation ceremony. Class member Jessica Tretter introduced keynote speaker Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson, who spoke about giving back now that the group had graduated. He also encouraged them to get engaged and get involved in their communities, and to use their knowledge of the region to make a difference.

Leadership Central Kentucky Board Chair Grover Hibberd then led the graduation ceremony. He told the graduates, “The aim of Leadership Central Kentucky is to build a network of committed, informed and progressive citizens, who are connected across institutional and county lines. My hope, and the Board’s hope, is that through this program experience, you have been made aware of issues and opportunities for all our region’s communities. We hope you have a new understanding of how each county’s actions affect the others and that you are committed to the idea that our region will realize its highest potential through working together.”

After recognizing representatives from the 2013-14 program sponsors, including Jan Coleman and Bill DiOrio from LG&E/KU and Nila Wells from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, class member then Shana Raglin closed out the day with some humorous parting thoughts.