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UK Alumni Career Services hosts Leadership Week

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Leadership Week will take place April 24-28.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2023) — University of Kentucky Alumni Career Services is hosting Leadership Week April 24-28 — a series of virtual events designed to engage new and seasoned leaders with topics surrounding the theme "Boost Your Potential." Leadership Week events are free and open to UK alumni and friends.  

The series kicks off with a moderated panel discussion featuring UK alumni representing a variety of leadership roles and industries. Other sessions during the week include public speaking strategies, developing a leadership skillset, how to lead without a title and more.  

The schedule for Leadership Week is as follows:  

Monday, April 24 

Noon–1 p.m. 

Wildcats Take the Lead: Leading Through Service  

Join fellow wildcat leaders for an engaging panel on leading through service featuring UK alumni in a variety of leadership roles and industries. Panelists will discuss strategies and benefits of community volunteer roles and serving on leadership boards. This session is hosted in Zoom Webinar®. 

Moderated by Caroline Francis, director of Alumni Career Services, UK Alumni Association  

Panelists include:  

  • Robert L. Crady III, CTFA, director, Wealth & Family Office, Relationship Manager, Baird Trust  

  • Jeremy Jarvi, executive director, LouCity & Racing Foundation  

  • Stephanie Spires, executive director, The Plantory  

  • Christine Louise Stanley, chief legal counsel, Planned Parenthood of Great Northwest, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana and Kentucky 

Register for this session here.   


Tuesday, April 25 

Noon–1 p.m.  

Utilizing Your Leadership Skillset NOW  

There is no reason to wait until you are in a supervisory position to practice being a leader; instead, the time to be a leader is now! In this session we will discuss the core characteristics of a leader and explore strategies that anyone can implement to be a leader right where they are (and position themselves as a quality candidate for a supervisory role). This session is ideal for aspiring leaders, those interested in promotion and managers who have subordinates that are interested in advancement. This session will be hosted in Zoom Webinar®. 

Presented by Sierra O’Cull, success coach, Maysville Community and Technical College  

Register for this session here 


Wednesday, April 26 

Noon–1 p.m.  

Speaking Impromptu: How to Present When Slides Can't Save You 

Not every presentation you give is planned and carefully researched. The chance hallway conversation with your boss. The unexpected request for a project update during a weekly meeting. Or another speaker's request for your input during their presentation. How do you appear composed and present a message that reflects your expertise when you're put on the spot? In this session we'll discuss techniques that will help you shine in any situation. This session will be hosted in Zoom Webinar®. 

Presented by Carla Curtsinger, senior trainer, Point Taken Consulting 

Register for this session here 


Thursday, April 27 

Noon–1 p.m.  

Leadership and Public Relations: Lessons Learned Along the Way 

Based on his critically acclaimed book, "PR Lessons Learned Along the Way," Marc Whitt will share lessons in leadership and public relations that will challenge, encourage, inspire and hopefully lead attendees to consider ways to become an even more effective leader. This session will be hosted in Zoom Webinar®. 

Presented by Marc C. Whitt, director of media and strategic relations, University of Kentucky 

Register for this session here 


Friday, April 28 

Noon–1 p.m.  

Coaching Skills for Leaders  

Today's workforce is changing and looking to its leader to provide coaching and mentorship. This session introduces key coaching skills that leaders can apply immediately to increase autonomy and solutions-oriented approaches within their employees. We will explore how to design more powerful questions, increase your ability to listen and frame opportunities to inspire next steps. Come ready to participate and add new skills to your leadership approach. This session will be hosted in Zoom Webinar®. 

Presented by Amanda Cutright, executive coach, Wind + Sail Leadership Partners & Firefly 

Register for this session here 

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.