EMERGE 2023 SPEAKERS
Until recently, Kristen Pflum had a long TV news career, covering several major local and national news stories as a reporter and anchor. In 2022, she took a major career leap from TV news to join Dinsmore & Shohl LLP as media relations manager and now handles outside media requests, the firm’s social media platforms and enjoys telling the success stories happening with Dinsmore’s 750 attorneys across the country.
Collectively, Keionna and Cherena have years of experience cultivating and working in diverse workspaces. With experience working in education, on diverse teams and, with an array of students, from Kentucky to California, Keionna and Cherena have gained the skills, experience, and knowledge to create highly effective and interactive workshops.
For the past three decades, David has been working with healthcare leaders and teams to achieve results by bringing more clarity, compassion, and authenticity to their work. As a coach, he builds on this experience and creates a supportive environment anchored in Values Alignment, Emotional Intelligence, and Positive Psychology.
Rayann White has worked for various corporations and nonprofits gaining extensive experience through each position. She is the Founder and Owner of Rayann’s Popcorn Company and her daily focus is the growth and expansion of this business allowing her to grow and expand our outreach within this community.
Gathan D. Borden is the Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Destinations International. In this role, he is responsible for the strategy and implementation of all marketing and communications initiatives for Destinations International that facilitate engagement opportunities for partners and members, and positions Destinations International as an industry thought leader across the globe.
Uncovering the contributions African Americans made to the industry and realizing the need for a platform for people of color to learn about bourbon without judgement, Michael Adams Jr. partnered with other enthusiasts to co-found the Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild Inc. (KBBG). KBBG bridges the gap between African Americans and the bourbon industry through institutional and distillery partnerships, education, networking, scholarships and workforce development.
Wylie Caudill is a young Lexington-based artist specializing in imaginative, wildly colorful, often clever, and downright magical murals located throughout central Kentucky. His work can be seen prominently in downtown Lexington at places such as High Knoll on Short Street, Crank and Boom and The Grove.
Devine Carama is a nationally renowned, 2022 Emmy Award-winning hip-hop artist, educator, community activist, & motivational speaker from Lexington, KY. He is the new director of the Mayor of Lexington's youth gun violence reduction program, ONE Lexington, which has launched several new initiatives in its first year under his direction.
Ms. Kayla Bush is a student scholar and historian for the Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild Inc. (KBBG) headquartered in Lexington. Her passion for history, journalism, and bourbon has inspired her to uncover and report on the African American contributions to the bourbon industry dating pre-prohibition to the current era and beyond.
John Bevington is responsible for directing all aspects of LG&E and KU’s business and economic development strategies and implementation. Before this role, he was with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and held a number of roles with increasing responsibility in project management, business and community relations and business development.
Ame Sweetall has dedicated the “twilight” of her professional career to arts and community leadership. Under her leadership, LexArts has been successful in outpacing the fundraising trends during and coming out of the pandemic, acquired a permanent home for the arts in downtown Lexington, increased local, state and federal funding, and leading community-wide arts initiatives and advocacy.
Nathan Zamarron is the Vice President of Community Arts at LexArts where he manages LexArts General Operating Support and Community Arts Development Grants programs. He has organized the LexArts HOP, Arts Showcase Weekends, exhibits in ArtsPlace Gallery, an independent film series, community murals and several contemporary outdoor sculpture exhibitions in Lexington.