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UK Women’s Forum Hosting Professional Development Programs Throughout November

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2020) — The University of Kentucky Women’s Forum is hosting virtual professional development programs and discussions throughout November focused on the theme of “Disrupt Yourself.”

The first event features Marian Guinn, a University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business  and Economics alumna with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a Master of Business Administration. Guinn is a certified coach through the College of Executive Coaching and holds the Professional Certified Coach credential through the International Coaching Federation. She has held leadership and management roles first at UK HealthCare as director of fund development and more recently as CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank. She has been recognized as one of Central Kentucky’s most influential leaders, inducted into the Gatton College of Business and Economics Hall of Fame, and received the Kentucky Nonprofit Network’s Distinguished Nonprofit Leadership Award. Join the conversation with Guinn Tuesday, Nov. 17,  from 11 a.m. to noon to discuss the book, “Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work.” This virtual event is free and will be held via Zoom (

On Friday, Nov. 20, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., the conversation continues during the UK Women’s Forum monthly Coffee and Connect series. Riah Durick, a female entrepreneur and owner of Nourished Folks, and Jennifer Chien, of Advantageous Learning Solutions, will discuss the creative and unexpected paths that they have taken in their careers and personal lives that have led to success and personal fulfillment. No registration required. Join via Zoom (; Meeting ID: 892 2792 3483).

For more information about these and other programs and events, please visit the UK Women’s Forum website.

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