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Mrs Roszalyn Akins Named 2015 Spirit Award Recipient

Presented for more than 27 years, The Spirit Award goes to an individual or organization significantly impacting the quality of life in Lexington. “Our honoree is a servant leader, who works behind the scenes to provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and has helped many young people achieve success working within the public school system.” – Bob Owen

Roszalyn Akins founded the Black Males Working Academy with her husband Rev. C. B. Akins, pastor of First Baptist Church Bracktown in Lexington in (year). The Academy is a mentoring and tutoring program offering focused individual attention to African American males in order to narrow the achievement gap and lower the dropout rate. The program offers math, literacy and foreign language classes, mentors and role models from the community, participation in a summer residential program, college academic/enrichment programs, ACT and SAT preparation, scholarships to college upon high school graduation and summer college tours to young men who might not otherwise consider higher education an option. The BMW program requires students to attend sessions outside of regular Fayette County public school hours and on Saturdays. In 2012, Akins founded the Carter G. Woodson Academy (CGWA) within the Fayette County Public Schools to provide advanced, rigorous curriculum for black males and set high expectations to help them excel in life. Housed at Crawford Middle School, the Woodson Academy is open to middle and high school students. Akins currently serves as the Dean of Students for CGWA. She taught at Leestown Middle School, where she also was Dean of Students, and at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. She is a member of First Baptist Church Bracktown and has served as the director of Family Life Ministries, Sunday School Teacher, Director of the Women’s Ministry, and a mentor to minister’s wives.

Founded in 1983, Lexington Forum is committed to community conversations that matter Focused on the healthy discussion and analysis of community and regional issues. The Forum looks for opportunities to host conversations, to bring differing points of view into the open. Always striving to provide an open platform and maintain a position of neutrality on all topics presented. Because some discussions are hard and can evoke emotional responses the hope is that there is at least an environment where dialogue can begin or move to deeper levels. The Lexington Forum meets the first Thursday of each month at the Hilary J. Boone Center from 7:15-8:30am. Please visit the website (lexingtonforum.org) regularly for information on upcoming programs.

Mr. Fausto Sarmiento Named 2015 One To Watch Recipient

Fausto Sarmiento is the senior management consultant with the Kentucky Small Business Development Center’s Lexington area office. and assists entrepreneurs and established business owners alike in making informed decisions. He specializes in the areas of risk and performance management, sales, and negotiations. He is a member of the Million Dollar Loan Club for helping clients obtains more than $1 million in funding. He dedicates his time toward helping Young Professionals fully express their potential within their careers and their communities. In 2014, Sarmiento served as President of the Lexington Young Professionals Association and was involved in helping to plan events, including the 2014 Emerge conference in Lexington, the annual Young Professionals Unite Summit in Louisville and the Young Professionals Day at the Capitol in Frankfort to help others better learn about the nexus of politics and business. He works closely with UK students to help them transition from school to the real world. Bob Owen stated that “Fausto is an energetic, passionate advocate in showing others how they can excel; achieve their lofty dreams, while also improving the quality of life here in Lexington.”

Founded in 1983, Lexington Forum is committed to community conversations that matter Focused on the healthy discussion and analysis of community and regional issues. The Forum looks for opportunities to host conversations, to bring differing points of view into the open. Always striving to provide an open platform and maintain a position of neutrality on all topics presented. Because some discussions are hard and can evoke emotional responses the hope is that there is at least an environment where dialogue can begin or move to deeper levels. The Lexington Forum meets the first Thursday of each month at the Hilary J. Boone Center from 7:15-8:30am. Please visit the website (lexingtonforum.org) regularly for information on upcoming programs.

Can You Hear Us Now?

Where is your information coming from and who decides what you need to know? If you are listening to a Low-Power FM (LPFM) radio station or Community Radio the information is coming from people just like you!

In 2010, the FCC was directed to issue LPFM permits to local non-profit groups across the country. The Local Community Radio Act’s purpose was to “increase diversity and independence in media ownership”. It is effectively designed to give a voice to the people so they can convey information about what is most important and impactful to them personally, and as a community.

Lexington is now the proud owner of two LPFM permits. (WLXL 95.7 and WLXL 93.9) Hear about the vision and plan for these local stations from founder, Debra Hensley & General Manager, Hap Houlihan.

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Hilary J. Boone Center – UK’s Campus
7:15 Coffee and Networking
7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP using the link below by noon on Tuesday February 3, 2015

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**The views and opinions expressed by our guest speaker(s) are their own and do not reflect a policy or position of the Lexington Forum.

Small Business in the Bluegrass

January is famous for being the month in which businesses review their previous year and plan for the year to come. Are you curious to learn about how small businesses in the Lexington area wrapped up 2014 and what is on their minds as they prepare for 2015? Dr. Becky Naugle, the State Director of the Kentucky Small Business Development Center Network, will discuss issues that pertain to small businesses in the Bluegrass such as the small business climate in KY, trends that impact small businesses, and the role that small businesses play in Lexington’s economy.
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Our Next FCPS Superintendent…

As the Fayette County Board of Education settles on a candidate for the position of acting Fayette County Schools Superintendent, The Lexington Forum is looking ahead and asking the important question: What do we need from our next FCPS Superintendent?

We have invited three panelists to weigh in on the discussion.

Roszalyn Akins will speak to equity within the school system. Akins is dean of students at the Carter G. Woodson Academy in Lexington, which provides an advanced and rigorous curriculum for males that meets the new common core standards through the lens of African-American history, culture and culturally responsive teaching and learning strategies. Prior to working with FCPS on the Carter G. Woodson Academy she and her husband, the Rev. C. B. Akins who is pastor of First Baptist Church Bracktown in Lexington, started the Black Males Working Academy, a mentoring and tutoring program offering focused individual attention to African American males in an effort to narrow the achievement gap and lower the dropout rate. She has served for over 30 years as an educator in the Fayette County school system, where she taught at Leestown and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and was named Middle School Teacher of the Year. Roszalyn earned her bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University and holds a master’s degree from Georgetown College.

Sahil Nair, will provide the student perspective on what they would like to see in a new superintendent. A couple weeks ago the Herald-Leader published an op-ed written by two students, the founders of the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team, calling for the inclusion of students in the superintendent selection process (http://www.kentucky.com/2014/11/10/3531826_involve-students-in-search-for.html?rh=1). Sahil Nair is one of the authors as well as a leader among his peers. A graduate of Commerce Lexington’s Leadership Lexington Youth Program where he was named the Distinguished Leader for the 2014 class, Sahil recently won Lexington’s 2014 Youth Leader of the Year from Youth Salute. Sahil is currently a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and has been president of Dunbar’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America, chairman of the Spanish Honor Society’s executive board, vice president of the Student Y-Club, co-founder and co-captain of the Science Olympiad, associate director of the Prichard Committee’s Student Voice, chief justice of the Kentucky Youth Assembly and meeting planner for the Mayor’s Youth Council.

Jessica Hiler is the President of the Fayette County Education Association. FCEA is a professional organization that represents certified teachers in the Fayette County Public Schools. FCEA is the local affiliate of the Kentucky Education Association which represents 44,000 educators in Kentucky and the National Education Association that represents 3.2 million educators nation wide. Jessica has been President of FCEA since 2010, prior to that she was a teacher at Deep Springs Elementary for 11 years. During this time she was also appointed by Governor Steve Beshear to the Early Childhood Development and Education Task Force, from 2009 – 2011. Jessica is part of an FCEA/FCPS collaborative team with the NEA Foundation, the focus of the team’s work is Equity in public schools. In addition, she serves as Lobbyist for the Kentucky Education Assocation. Jessica received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Kentucky University and her Master’s Degree in Education from Georgetown College.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Hilary J. Boone Center – UK’s Campus
7:15 Coffee and Networking
7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday December 2, 2014

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Sonny Jones

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Director, Kentucky Commercial Business
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Sonny Jones is a 15+ year veteran of the employee benefits industry with experience on both the retail and wholesale side. He is currently Anthem’s Director of Commercial Sales with primary responsibility for the Kentucky Employee Health Plan and also has Market Lead responsibilities for the Central and Eastern portions of Kentucky. Prior to entering the benefits industry, Sonny was engaged in agri-business, was a Founding Director of Citizens Commerce National Bank in Versailles and served five consecutive terms as Chairman of the Board of Regents at Morehead State University. A 2013 Leadership Kentucky graduate, Sonny has been married to Jo, his college sweetheart, for 40 years. They are the parents of Mitchell, 30 years old and his wife Nikki.
Web: www.anthem.com
Email: sonny.jones@anthem.com