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University of Kentucky Women's Forum Announces 2019 Conference

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Women attending the UKWM conference seated at tables wearing various colors of clothing
Women attending conference sitting at round table in ballroom engaged in conversation
Female presenter at UK Women's Forum on stage in grey outfit as audience at tables looks on

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2019) — The University of Kentucky Women's Forum has announced its annual conference, "Elevate," will be held Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Gatton Student Center and feature Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Olympic medalist and assistant coach for UK Women’s Track and Field. The conference will begin with breakfast at 8 a.m. and end with door prizes and an optional Koru session at 3:45 p.m.

The Women's Forum Annual Conference is open to all UK faculty and staff and is a valuable opportunity for women to build their professional and personal skill sets. The conference also serves to better inform the UK community about the Women's Forum mission, goals and general membership.

The conference, geared toward learning from successful UK women, explores various facets of women's professional and personal lives while celebrating successes within the university. The conference will feature sessions including professional branding, work-life wellness, communicating mindfully, living intentionally and appreciation in the workplace.

Individuals may register for the conference by completing the registration form at https://ukytickets.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1515&p=1. Registration will be limited to the first 200 registrants. Registration will close Oct. 9.

Conference registration is $25 and includes breakfast, lunch and all conference materials. UK staff and faculty will login with their linkblue ID to be able to register for a reduced rate of $15. General members of the Women’s Forum will find a special discount code sent to their email. Conference attendees are encouraged to ask for financial support from their respective departments.

The UK Women’s Forum Board is also pleased to announce conference scholarship opportunities for current UK staff and faculty, which will allow recipients to attend Elevate 2019 free of charge. The conference scholarship is one way the UK Women’s Forum is holding true to its mission of empowering women. Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. (EDT) Oct. 2, 2019. Please read through the application carefully and include all required documents to be eligible for consideration. Those interested can apply for a conference scholarship here: https://uky.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1F9o3wZH5Smxk8Z.

The UK Women's Forum was created in 1991 and is an organization for all faculty and staff members of the university. Its mission is to exert a leadership role in empowering, validating, informing, including and celebrating all women employed through the University of Kentucky by addressing the challenges, communicating issues and recognizing successes within the context of the workplace. 

For additional information about the Women's Forum or the conference, visit its Facebook page www.facebook.com/UKWomensForum or website www.uky.edu/womensforum/. Conference registration opens Wednesday, Sept. 18. For questions, contact the 2019 Women’s Forum Conference chair Drew Elisabeth Ard (decr223@uky.edu or 859-323-7204) or committee member Kristen Pickett (kristen.pickett@uky.edu or 859-257-2901). 

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for," and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.