Author: Dawn Brockman


School Safety Initiatives

The Lexington Forum has made a programming change in order provide the Fayette County Public School District’s safety task force with an opportunity to complete its work.  After the task force issues its findings, we plan to invite members of the task force to join us for a program to discuss their recommendations.  The April meeting of the Lexington Forum program will still address the issue of student safety.
Please join the Lexington Forum as we welcome Transylvania University Police Chief Gregg Muravchick and University of Kentucky Police Major Nathan Brown, and Lexington Fayette County Police Chief Lawrence Weathers as panelists for the April meeting of the Lexington Forum.
Among various topics that will be discussed, we will learn how the University of Kentucky police department trains students and community members to respond to active aggressor situations. Transylvania University’s police Chief Muravchick, who was recently honored for his brave actions during a machete attack that occurred on Transylvania’s campus, will discuss how that incident impacted the Transylvania community. Police Chief Lawrence Weathers will discuss how the Lexington-Fayette police department provides overall assistance to active aggressor situations on school campuses, as well within Lexington-Fayette County as a whole.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky
7:15 Coffee and Networking

7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP by noon Tuesday, April 3, 2018
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The Lexington Forum
invites you and a guest
to join us and our special guests
The Leadership Lexington Class of 2017-2018
 for
“Let’s Go To The Races”
Sunday, The Eighth of April 
Two Thousand and Eighteen  
11:00 am Gates Open
12:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch  
1:05 pm First Post Time 
The Keeneland Room  
Keeneland
4201 Versailles Road
Lexington, KY, 40507
   
Admission cost is $65 and includes:
Lunch, Reserved Parking, Program
& a Spectacular View of the races
from Keeneland’s Fourth Floor.
 
Tickets will be available for pick-up at The Forum Breakfast Meeting on April 5, 2018. 
 
***** 
Registration is required for entry to this event!
 
The courtesy of a reply is requested by 
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Was Faulkner Correct When He Said “Civilization Begins With Distillation”?

Mississippi Judge Noah S. Sweat described bourbon whiskey as “the devil’s brew…the bloody monster that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty”.  In the same speech, Judge Sweat hailed bourbon whiskey as “the philosophic wine…that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars…to build highways and hospitals and schools…”

For more than two centuries, Kentucky’s distinct spirit has simultaneously caused condemnation and celebration. The Lexington Forum invites you to join us at our March 1st, 2018 meeting as we host Eric Gregory, President of the Kentucky Distillers Association, Mark Coffman, Master Distiller at Alltech, and Marianne Barnes, Master Distiller at Castle and Key, to discuss all things bourbon. Whether you prefer your bourbon neat, on the rocks, or mixed, we promise the conversation will be barrel proof.

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky
7:15 Coffee and Networking

7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP by noon Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Register Now!
“THE SOCIAL”

The Forum had an incredible turnout for “The Social” on Thursday,  February 22nd!

Thank you to our hard working board members who served on the committee: Davonna Saier, Morgan Whitney, & Ryan Kelsch.  They put on a fabulous event and we are so very grateful for the time they invested.

A VERY special Thank You to our Hosting Sponsor
“The Ruddy Duck”.

They will be opening their doors to welcome the general public the first week of March. Be sure to swing by the old Cheapside location and show them some Lexington Forum style gratitude.  Remember to have a “conversation that matters” while you are there and invite someone to join us at the next meeting.

Finally, none of this would have been possible without the support of our corporate sponsors.


Second Chance Employment In Kentucky

On January 13th, the New York Times reported that as the nation’s economy continues to improve, “a rapidly tightening labor market is forcing companies across the country to consider workers they once would have turned away”. Kentucky has been ahead of the game when it comes to realizing and recognizing the work ethic of individuals seeking Second Chance Employment Opportunities.
Stigmatized by various criminal convictions, some individuals are caught in a negative feedback loop where there was little hope for a stable job, let alone career advancement. This month’s panelists will discuss how Second Chance Employment Opportunities have not only provided skilled training curriculums to individuals who at first believed they had little prospect for success, but how by giving these individuals a second chance, they have unlocked a trove of compassion, entrepreneurism, and social benefit.
Please join member and moderator Tom Martin, along with the rest of the Lexington Forum, on Thursday, February 1st, as we welcome panelists Rob Perez, owner of DV8 Kitchen, Cary Plummer Executive Director of Jubilee Jobs of Lexington, and, of special note, longtime Lexington Forum member David Boggs, President/CEO of Opportunity for Work & Learning, to discuss what Second Chance Employment Opportunities means for Lexington’s place as an economic driver and market leader.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky
7:15 Coffee and Networking

7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP by noon Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Register Now!

A Report on Town Branch Projects

For its first program of 2018, the Lexington Forum will address exciting public space projects that are planned for downtown Lexington.  The Town Branch Commons Corridor is a 2.5 mile multi-modal path and park system that will wind through downtown Lexington, following the path of historic Town Branch Creek. The Town Branch Parkwill be an urban green space park that will replace the paved parking lot behind the Lexington Convention Center. The Town Branch Trail will weave through downtown Lexington and connect to the Legacy Trail.
This program will feature the following individuals who are involved in these projects:
BRANDI L. PEACHER
Brandi Peacher is the Director of Project Management in the Office of the Mayor with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.  Peacher attended the University of Kentucky where she obtained a Masters in Architecture. Her design and development career has allowed her to work on a variety of commercial, residential, and public projects in Chicago, Dubai, and Lexington. Prior to working in the Office of The Mayor, she acted as Project Manager at the Lexington Downtown Development Authority and as Design Specialist for the Division of Planning. Today, Peacher oversees the group of projects under the Town Branch Commons umbrella.  Her primary focus is on the implementation of Town Branch Greenway, a publicly funded 3.2 mile walking, jogging, and cycling trail. This signature project will link downtown parks into a cohesive system and provide the missing link creating 22 miles of continuous trails weaving throughout our iconic Bluegrass countryside.
ALLISON PECK LANKFORD
Allison Peck Lankford is the Executive Director of Town Branch Fund, working to transform a sea of parking directly behind the Lexington Convention Center into an inviting and unparalleled signature park for Lexington.  In addition to raising the money necessary to build the Park, the Fund is responsible for the design, programming plan, revenue model and governance structure for the future Park. Until her recent focus on the Town Branch Park, Allison led the Community Foundation’s advancement efforts for over a decade, serving as Sr. Vice-President and General Counsel.  Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Allison was an attorney at the Lexington firm of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland and Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs in Louisville. A graduate of Furman University in Greenville, SC with a degree in Sociology and Political Science, she received her law degree at the University of Kentucky School of Law.
KEITH LOVAN
Keith Lovan is the Project Manager in the Division of Engineering with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.  Keith attended the University of Kentucky where he obtained a Bachelors in Civil Engineering. He is the Project Manager for the Legacy Trail, Town Branch Trail and Brighton Rail Trail projects, which are part of the overall trail system for Lexington.  Keith is an avid cyclist and a League of American Bicyclist’s Certified Instructor. He is also the Chair of the KY Rails to Trails Council, and a member of the Lexington Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He is also a former commissioner of the KY Bikeways and Bicycle Commission.
Please join the Lexington Forum for this informative presentation concerning these exciting public improvement projects.
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky
7:15 Coffee and Networking

7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP by noon Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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Human Trafficking in Lexington

Human trafficking is a rapidly growing crime and extreme violation of human rights. Unfortunately, this corruption is happening behind the scenes in Lexington. Join us for a panel discussion, which will cover the problem as it relates to our community.  We will hear from experts addressing this often unseen corruption, including how law enforcement is contributing to the prevention and where we can help.
Panelists include:
  • Brittney Thomas, Co-Chair of the Lexington Human Trafficking Task Force (https://www.freedomlex.org)  and leader of HOPE Children Campaign,
  • David Marye, Assistant United States Attorney and also Co-Chair
  • Marissa Castellanos, Program Director of the Bakhita Empowerment Initiative (http://www.rescueandrestoreky.org).
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky
7:15 Coffee and Networking
7:30 Breakfast and Program
Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP by noon Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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More about our panelists…
Brittney Thomas
Having survived one of the nation’s deadliest school shootings at age 15, Brittney took her second chance at life and decided to live it with passion and purpose, honoring the lives of the friends she lost.  While living in a rural village in Cambodia, Brittney developed an untamed passion for social justice issues across the globe and in her own backyard!  She went on to receive her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Kentucky and in 2010 authored a protocol for health care providers on how to identify and assess victims of human trafficking.  This protocol earned Brittney the “Kentucky Liberation Award” for outstanding efforts in combating human trafficking.
Fueled by a new found love of coffee and dark chocolate, Brittney is serves as a CASA advocate, is the co-chair of the Lexington Human Trafficking Taskforce and leads the HOPE Children Campaign, a street outreach in Lexington, KY aimed at providing resource information to domestic minors of sex trafficking.  You can learn more at: www.freedomlex.org
David Marye
David A. Marye has served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Eastern District of Kentucky (EDKY) since October, 1987.  He has prosecuted violent crimes, economic and fraud crimes, immigration-related offenses, child sex exploitation offenses, and drug crimes.  He has served as both Acting Criminal Chief and Senior Litigation Counsel.  He is currently the Human Trafficking Point of Contact (POC) and the Project Safe Childhood (PSC) Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the EDKY.
David graduated from Centre College in Danville, KY, in 1974, and from the University of Kentucky College of Law in Lexington, KY, in 1977.  He served as an Assistant Commonwealths Attorney in Fayette County (KY) for 10 years before becoming an AUSA.  He resides in Lexington with his wife, Mariana, two dogs, and a cat.  He has two daughters, one step-son, one son-in-law, a granddaughter and newly born twin grandsons.  Unfortunately for David, his older daughter, her husband and his grandchildren live in Hong Kong.
Marissa Castellanos
Marissa Castellanos received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Kentucky. Marissa is the Program Director for the Bakhita Empowerment Initiative, a program to combat human trafficking through Catholic Charities of Louisville. Marissa has worked at Catholic Charities for the last 10 years, previously as Human Trafficking Project Manager and Program Manager, as she helped start the program and develop a statewide anti-trafficking coalition. She provides trainings on human trafficking throughout Kentucky, assists in developing and maintaining local task forces, provides technical assistance to agencies in protocol development and policy, and works directly with identified victims of human trafficking throughout the Commonwealth.
Marissa has provided case management or advocacy services to more than 100 survivors of either sex or labor trafficking. She works closely with social service providers, health care workers, law enforcement, and others to ensure that human trafficking is being identified in Kentucky communities and that survivors are provided with the resources they need to rebuild their lives. Marissa has previously worked with community action agencies in Central Kentucky, primarily serving foreign national workers and their families through Migrant Head Start and other community service programs. Marissa has taught as an adjunct instructor for criminal justice and social work classes at St. Catharine College. Marissa currently co-chairs the Louisville Metro Human Trafficking Task Force.

Exploring the Dark World of Cybersecurity

You have likely seen news reports about the breach of the Equifax database, the theft of Target customers’ credit card information or distribution of stolen private information on the dark web.  Cyber-attacks that compromise the security of electronically stored data are increasing at an alarming pace.   These security breaches present enormous legal and financial risks for individuals and organizations of all types in the both the private and public sectors.

The Lexington Forum’s November program will address the mysteries of cybersecurity.  Our presenters will be Tim Roberts and Sarah Spurlock, who are professionals experienced in the legal, practical and technical aspects of cybersecurity.

 

  • Tim Roberts is a Senior Security Consultant within NTT Security’s Threat Services group.  He hacks into IT systems to expose their weaknesses and to assist with improving their security.  Tim has held management, IT and physical security roles across multiple industries, including healthcare and government. His professional experiences cover traditional/non-traditional hacking techniques that include network, wireless, social engineering, application, physical and scenario-based compromises. He has spoken at national, international and collegiate security and hacker conferences.  Tim will identify current real world threats and trends, like cloning proximity badges, social engineering, data theft, and the dark web.

 

  • Sarah Spurlock is an attorney with the Louisville office of Stites & Harbison PLLC.  She is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional.  She advises clients on health information privacy and security laws and data breach prevention and response. She is a frequent speaker on cybersecurity topics such as “Cyber Threats & Ransomware,”  “Cybersecurity for business: Improving data security and mitigating the impact of a cyber-attack,” “Be Cyberwise: Protect & Position Your Business for Growth,” and “Under Attack: Cyber Threats Against the Health Care Industry.”   Sarah will discuss the legal implications of information security and techniques for protecting yourself  and your company.

 

To become better informed about the real world threats to your cybersecurity and related legal implications, please join the Lexington Forum on November 2, 2017 at 7:15 am at the Boone Center on the campus of the University of Kentucky.

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky
7:15 Coffee and Networking
7:30 Breakfast and Program
Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP by noon Tuesday, October 31, 2017