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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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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.