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Concordia, UK Partner to Host Lexington Summit; UK Community Offered Limited Complimentary Passes

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 29, 2022) — Next week, the University of Kentucky is partnering with Concordia, a member-based nonprofit that builds partnerships for social impact, to host a first-of-its-kind event, the 2022 Lexington Summit. The conference will take place April 7-8 at the Lexington Marriott City Center. Founded 12 years ago, Concordia is the leading global affairs forum, engaging the world’s most influential leaders around finding solutions to the greatest challenges of our time.

Through a nonpartisan forum, the Lexington Summit will convene public, private, and nonprofit sector leaders, including Governor Andy Beshear; Mayor Linda Gorton; Ashley C. Smith, CEO of Black Soil Kentucky; Nate Morris, chairman and CEO of Rubicon Technologies; and, Parker Harris, co-founder and global CTO of Salesforce, among many others. The Lexington Summit will also hear from members of the UK community, including President Eli Capilouto, J. David Rosenberg College of Law Dean Mary J. Davis, and UK College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig. View the full list of speakers.

Along with the J. David Rosenberg College of Law, the Gatton College of Business and Economics, and the College of Education, Concordia has partnered with Rubicon Technologies, VISA, Salesforce, Winrock International, Awesome Inc. and many more leading organizations — each of which bring a unique perspective to the pillars of this program. From Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the response of the U.S., to America’s increasing socioeconomic divide and the need for free-market solutions that support environmental sustainability, the Lexington Summit will create opportunities for dialogue, debate, and partnership. View the agenda.

The UK community — students, faculty and staff — are invited to join Concordia’s global community for this unique event. For a limited time, the first 200 registrants will receive a complimentary pass to the two-day conference.

“The University of Kentucky is honored to partner with Concordia to bring this global community event to the Bluegrass,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “At UK, we are preparing tomorrow’s leaders and advancing our Commonwealth through our missions of education, research, service and health care. The Lexington Summit will offer our UK community a unique opportunity to have a seat at the table with local, national and global leaders working to address some of society’s most pressing issues. I encourage students, faculty and staff to join me at the Summit, and bring your own voices, ideas and experiences into these conversations.”

To register with a complimentary pass, follow this link and enter this code: OA_Wildcats. Please register by 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. For any registration questions, contact

Attire is business professional and refreshments will be served.

For more information about the 2022 Lexington Summit, visit

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.