Professional News

Women’s Forum opens call for proposals for annual conference

aerial image of uk campus
Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2022)  The University of Kentucky Women’s Forum Conference Committee is now accepting proposals for conference presentations for the annual conference. Save the date for an in-person conference on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Gatton Student Center. The conference theme is “Grow. Change. Evolve. Stepping into Your Next.” Registration will open in October.

Proposals can be submitted here. Proposals are being accepted through 1 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 9. Only proposals submitted through the link below will be considered. 

The annual Women’s Forum conference is a professional development opportunity open to all staff and faculty at UK. Breakout sessions will be 50 minutes in length, and presenters are encouraged to leave five to 10 minutes for questions and answers with attendees. Total attendance for each session will vary based on conference registration. Lectures, workshops and panel presentations are welcome.  

Topic suggestions for presentations include: 

  • allyship and advocacy
  • tech and resources
  • work-life integration
  • health and wellness
  • career advancement
  • self-preservation  
  • leadership versus management
  • discrimination and harassment

Submitted session proposals are carefully reviewed by members of the Conference Committee. On occasion, the committee may ask submitters to provide additional documentation for further clarification. Presentations must not have a commercial message or sales pitch. All submitters will be notified of the conference committee’s decision by Sept. 23.

Information about keynote speakers and entertainment will be announced at a later date. To receive upcoming notifications about this event, join the UK Women’s Forum mailing list by emailing

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.