For the tenth consecutive year, Commerce Lexington’s EMERGE Conference brought together the next generation of Central Kentucky leaders. About 350 people enjoyed a full day of networking, engaging keynote speakers, informative breakout sessions, and discovering ways to better connect to and impact the community. An outgrowth of one of Commerce Lexington’s past Leadership Visits, the 2023 Commerce Lexington EMERGE Conference was presented by Forcht Bank on Tuesday, March 7.
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Morning Keynotes: Cherena Fox and Keionna Baker (left) of The Elephant In The Room
Our morning keynote speakers were Cherena Fox and Keionna Baker of The Elephant In The Room, an interactive diversity and inclusion company focused on organizational transformations and development through creating comfortable spaces to have uncomfortable conversations. During their workshop entitled “Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself,” Baker and Fox focued on Implicit Bias and Cultural Awareness and Inclusion. They took a deep dive with the audience members into everyday interactions and ways of thinking, proactively addressing what microaggressions are and how to examine personal biases before they become damaging to your brand's image and internal teams. The Elephant in the Room will equipped audience members with the tools needed to create a strong inclusive work culture, and create open communication between teams and management.
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Luncheon Keynote: David Horning of Water Cooler Comedy
Our luncheon keynote was David Horning of Water Cooler Comedy, providing a session titled “Stand Up & Lead: How 'Thinking Like A Comedian' Creates Standout Cultures.” Employers and employees continue to struggle to engage teams and drive productivity in a post-COVID hybrid, work-from-anywhere world. In this customized program, participants experienced an introduction to innovative leadership based on the principles of humor that have turned strategic communications firm Peppercomm and others into perennial top workplaces.
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For EMERGE sponsorship opportunities, please email Angela Carlos.