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November Professional Development With UK Women’s Forum

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2021)  Feeling overwhelmed by work and your ever-growing task list? Join University of Kentucky Women's Forum as they discuss how you can successfully organize, prioritize and fully utilize the limited resources available to you at the organization's November professional development and Coffee and Connect series! 

From noon-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, the UK Women’s Forum will welcome Twila Brown, business consultant and coach, for a virtual conversation titled, “Run Your Life like a Business! Goal setting, Accountability, & Strategic Scheduling.” Register for this free virtual event here: ttps://

Brown lives in Lexington with her husband and two children. Her enthusiasm and passion for people has helped her become an expert at building winning teams, developing future leaders and creating customer loyalty. With over 25 years of experience in the retail space, Brown has had the opportunity to participate as a guest contributor in “fireside” chats with international workplace solutions providers and has been invited to speak on a variety of stages ranging from local business networking organizations to national retail conferences.

Prior to embracing her entrepreneurial spirit, Brown served as the director of retail for Reese Witherspoon’s startup brand, Draper James, helping expand the brick-and-mortar footprint as well as focusing on brand recognition and business development. She now uses her unique experiences to help others bring their vision to life, both at home and in the workplace.

From 9-10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, we will continue the conversation about work productivity with Christy Weilage in the UK Women’s Forum Coffee & Connect series. Weilage, PMP, Enterprise PMO senior project manager for UK HealthCare, is responsible for overall planning and implementation of Enterprise Project Management Office major initiatives. She is responsible for bringing top-level projects through the project management lifecycle. Prior to joining the University of Kentucky, Weilage spent nearly 20 years working in project management with several different groups. Register for this free, virtual event here:

Please visit the UK Women’s Forum website for more details about this event and future signature events, including monthly professional development sessions, the annual conference and the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award.

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As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.