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Leadership Week to be held April 22–25

UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital
The theme for this year’s series is "From Challenge to Triumph.”

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 12, 2024) — The University of Kentucky Alumni Association Alumni Career Services, in partnership with UK HealthCare Enterprise Learning, is hosting Leadership Week April 22-25. Now in its fourth year, the online series is an essential experience for anyone seeking to develop their leadership skills.

The theme for this year’s series is "From Challenge to Triumph.” Each event will address the evolving landscape of leadership and provide valuable insights and strategies relevant to today’s managers, supervisors and emerging leaders.

Leadership Week is a free virtual conference tailored to UK alumni, employees and friends. In addition to the online events, this year there will be an in-person networking event in Lexington on Wednesday, April 24, at Pasta Garage’s Banchetto 972 from 5:30-7 p.m. EDT.

For more information about Leadership Week, visit Please see the schedule for Leadership Week below.

AI Panel: How is AI Impacting Your Industry
Noon-12:45 EDT Monday, April 22
Online via Zoom. Click here to register.

Moderated by Antoine Huffman, past president, UK Alumni Association. Panelists include:

  • Daniel Wambold, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology, UK Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine
  • Trey Conaster Ph.D., director, UK Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching
  • Sarah Sanders, co-founder and COO at Native AI

As the conversation around artificial intelligence (AI) has taken center stage recently in many industries, leaders are now focusing on how to use AI to positively impact their organization while keeping ethical concerns in mind. Join us for an engaging panel discussion as we explore opportunities and potential applications of AI in healthcare, consumer brands, and education.

Appreciation in the Workplace
Noon-12:45 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 23
Online via Zoom. Click here to register.

Presented by Jason Chadwell, Senior Organizational Development Consultant, UK HealthCare.

At work, people express and receive appreciation in different ways. If you try to express appreciation in ways that aren’t meaningful to your co-workers, they may not feel valued at all. This is because you and your co-workers are speaking different languages. This workshop based off of the book, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, will help you identify the five languages of appreciation.

What’s Your Goal? Crafting An Elevator Pitch Can Help Make It Happen
Noon-12:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 24
Online via Zoom. Click here to register.

Presented by Carla Curtsinger, Point Taken Consulting.

What is a key goal or intention you have as a leader in your career or, indeed, in your life? Imagine you are at a networking event, and someone asks what your goals are. Having an idea of how you would concisely and directly answer that question will maximize your opportunity to connect with the right people in the right situations. In this webinar, you’ll receive tips and techniques to both elevate your nonverbal delivery skills and craft your elevator pitch message. Walk away with the confidence to articulate your goals in any setting. This workshop will be a space for you to share your goals openly and freely – via the chat window – with other like-minded people. Try out an idea that you may have been thinking about, but not had the chance to fully explore. Or refine an idea you’ve been working on for years.

Networking Event
5:30-7 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 24
Pasta Garage’s Banchetto 972 | 972 Delaware Ave. | Lexington, KY 40505
Click here to register.

Celebrate Leadership Week and launch into the spring social season with networking at one of Lexington’s newest event space. Join fellow UK alumni and friends while enjoying light appetizers at Pasta Garage’s Banchetto 972. The cost to attend is $10 and includes light appetizers and one drink ticket.

Motivate to Elevate: Your Leadership, Their Brilliance
Noon-12:45 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 25
Online via Zoom. Click here to register.

Presented by Amy Gamblin, associate director of the UK Alumni Career Services.

There is not a “one size fits all” when it comes to leadership and how to bring out the best in others. Instead, it is about taking on a coaching mindset and tailoring it to motivate and inspire each of your team members. In this session, we will discuss how to elevate your leadership by focusing on unlocking the unique potential within your team to build a collaborative environment where everyone thrives.

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.