Expanding Outreach to Kentucky Businesses

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2009) - The Institute for Workplace Innovation (iwin) at the University of Kentucky welcomes its newest partners to the Innovative Employer Roundtable. CVS Caremark, Papa John’s, and Sturgill, Turner, Barker and Moloney have recently joined the Roundtable. These new companies bring the number of Roundtable partners to 20 employers, bringing iwin closer to its goal of having 40 employers on the Roundtable.

 “The Innovative Employer Roundtable is a unique asset for organizations in the Commonwealth. It provides a premier learning opportunity for Partners to learn from national and local experts as well as from one another,” said iwin Director of Employer Engagement Lynn T. Bertsch.


“In addition, partners are able to participate in workplace-based research and gain valuable benchmarking information.”


iwin’s Innovative Employer Roundtable provides a forum for senior leaders responsible for the development and implementation of integrated workplace strategies to learn about emerging global trends, research on organizational effectiveness and best workplace practices. Benefits offered to Roundtable Partners include two semi-annual meetings where national experts speak on best workplace practices, membership in a local employer learning community, access to an online partner learning network, participation in webinars and workshops, customized research support, completion of an innovative workplace assessment that benchmarks an employer's current practices, a monthly e-newsletter, and access to innovative employer issue briefs.

 “Our affiliation with iwin has been one of the best investments Woodward, Hobson & Fulton has made. Not just the quantity, but the quality of the resources, trainings and networking op­portunities that iwin provides are invaluable,” said Donna King Perry, managing partner, Wood­ward, Hobson & Fulton L.L.P.

Innovative Employer Roundtable partners include businesses from across Kentucky representing various regions and industry sectors. In addition to the newest partners, current partners include Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield; Brown-Foreman; Central Bank; Churchill Downs, Inc.; the Commonwealth of Kentucky; Community Action Council; Community Trust Bank; E. ON. U.S.; Fayette Heating and Air; Harper Industries; Kentucky Eagle; Norton Healthcare; R.J. Corman; the University of Kentucky; W. Rogers Company and Woodward, Hobson & Fulton, L.L.P.


 “UK’s Institute for Workplace Innovation provides significant outreach to our state’s employer community by conducting and trans­lating research into tools and resources. iwin’s continued work and vision will help propel the Commonwealth to become a state-of-choice, where both employers and employees thrive,” said UK President Lee T. Todd Jr.

The Institute for Workplace Innovation (iwin) is dedicated to conducting research on the 21st century workplace and to translating research into solutions that will assist organizations in creating quality work environments that enhance the bottom-line, employee health and work-life. iwin is a collaboration between the University of Kentucky colleges of Social Work, Business and Economics and Public Health. By informing organizations about how to become employers-of-choice and by working collaboratively toward the implementation of these practices, iwin strives to build Kentucky’s reputation as a state-of-choice where businesses want to expand and relocate, and where people want to live and work. The University of Kentucky is among the few land-grant universities in the U.S. to respond to state economic and workforce development challenges by creating an institute dedicated to the development and enhancement of quality work environments and innovative workplaces. To learn more, visit iwin’s Web site at