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Women's Forum Taking Board Nominations Now

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 1, 2020) The University of Kentucky Women’s Forum is seeking board members for the 2020-2022 term. The UK Women's Forum is an organization for all employees of the university, both faculty and staff. Its mission is "to exert leadership in empowering, validating, informing, including and celebrating all women employed at the University of Kentucky by addressing challenges, communicating issues and recognizing successes within the context of the workplace." 

Nominations for the Women's Forum board are open now through April 24, 2020. 

Self-nominations are welcome from any employee interested in championing women’s issues at UK. Alternatively, you may reach out to someone else you think would make an excellent candidate and encourage them to self-nominate. The nomination form can be found here. Specifically, the Women’s Forum is looking for individuals who can contribute a variety of skills and experience including event planning, fundraising, communication, social media marketing, website design, public relations and program development. Each board member will have the opportunity to grow and develop their leadership capacity while serving on the board. 

There are many other exciting reasons to join: 

  • Being among outstanding women and men who dedicate themselves to making UK a better place to work. 
  • Enhancing leadership and teamwork skills. 
  • Participating in networking opportunities with a diverse group of individuals. 
  • Celebrating the uniqueness of all women at UK. 
  • Continuing the success of the long standing Sarah Bennett Holmes Award and Luncheon
  • Developing new contributions to the annual Women’s Forum Conference
  • Participating in the Employee Educational Assistance Awards program, which bestows scholarships for continuing education among UK employees. 

Nominees will be placed on a ballot for campuswide voting along with the UK Staff Senate elections May 4-22, 2020. Those elected will serve a two-year term beginning Tuesday, June 16, at the all-day Women’s Forum board retreat. Nominations should include a 500-word platform statement and headshot. Additional details regarding member expectations can be found on the nomination form.  

Be on the lookout for virtual meet and greet options throughout the month of April. To stay up to date with the UK Women’s Forum, connect with the board on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To join the email listserv, request access by emailing   

Any questions about the election process may be directed to UKWF Chair-elect Drew Elisabeth Ard at  

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 four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, 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 five 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.