Category: Upcoming Meetings


Let’s Talk About The Media….

Extra, extra! 

Come hear all about it! 
If a free press is a pillar of American democracy, what are the implications when the news media undergoes rapid technologic and economic changes?

Shouts of “Fake News” shadow reporters as they write about topics ranging from politics to climate to sports. The professionalism of local journalists are increasingly tarnished by amateur bloggers writing from unknown locations.

Is today’s media environment making it easier for people to become informed, or does it make it easier for people to create their own echo chambers and lose sight of what’s really going on?

Join us for the Oct. 5 Forum as Peabody Award-winning journalist Tom Martin moderates a panel discussion featuring Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen; LEX-18 news anchor Nancy Cox and longtime Kentucky columnist and educator Al Cross.

Thursday, October 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, October 3, 2017

Domestic Violence In Kentucky

Thousands of Kentuckians are experiencing domestic violence. According to the Kentucky Coalition, 26,971 domestic violence related calls were received in 2016.
Do our laws protect and support the victims? Is the support network receiving what it needs to properly serve survivors?
Join us as Tom Martin moderates a panel of three:
  • Lisa Murray, a survivor of intimate partner violence.  To read some of Lisa’s story prior to the meeting please check out this article written about her by the panel’s moderator. The Survivor & Her Horse
  • Hunter Hickman, attorney for The Nest, an organization providing a safe place for education, counseling, and support to children and families in crisis. To learn more about The Nest and the services they offer please visit their website. The Nest
  • Darlene Thomas, executive director of Greenhouse 17, an organization providing services to domestic violence survivors in central Kentucky.   To learn more about Greenhouse 17 please visit their website: Greenhouse 17
Thursday, September 7, 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, September 5, 2017

Distinguishing Immigrants from Refugees and their Impacts on Our Community.

Nationally and globally the issues relating to  immigrants and refugees are in the spotlight.  Locally, we have seen an increase in the numbers of individuals and families from outside the U.S. choosing to make their homes in Lexington. The Lexington Forum has assembled a panel who will discuss differences  between immigrants and refugees and the difference as it relates to variety of issues including: legal,  economic, social and security  impacts on our community.

The panelists are:

  • Dana Lea, of Kentucky Refugee Ministry
  • Rosine  Yani, a Congolese refugee who has resettled in Lexington
  • Sam Rock, an Immigration Attorney
  • Isabel Taylor, of Global Lex and LFUCG

Please join us for another timely discussion.

Thursday, May4, 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 on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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Behind the Scenes of Keeneland’s Breeding Stock Sale

Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale is unmatched in global stature and establishes the market for the Thoroughbred breeding industry.

Each November, Keeneland offers a premier selection of stakes-winning fillies and stakes-producing mares in foal to the world’s leading sires, and weanlings by today’s most fashionable stallions.

The Keeneland November Sale is your best opportunity to discover top caliber bloodstock at the world’s largest and most influential breeding stock sale.

Come see for yourself, as Bob Elliston, Keeneland’s Vice President of Racing and Sales, takes us behind the scenes. The morning will feature Breakfast and an abbreviated program followed by a behind the scenes tour of the sales. So bring your appetite and wear your walking shoes.

Guests are invited to stay for the day’s sales which will begin at approximately 10am. There is no dress code for the sales and food is available throughout the day at the Limestone Cafe and The Track Kitchen.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Keeneland – The Kentucky Room
7:00 Coffee and Networking
7:15 Breakfast and Program
8:00 – 8:30 Behind the Scenes Tour of the Sales

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20

Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Everything Old is New Again – Historic Downtown Courthouse

Work on the $30 million overhaul of the old Fayette County courthouse on Main Street began this summer and is now well underway. Learn the history of this project, what is now taking shape and the city’s role in managing and maintaining this iconic structure in the center of our city.

Our guest panel at the Lexington Forum breakfast:

Foster Ockerman
Foster Ockerman is Lexington native, seventh generation Kentuckian, a local historian, author and practicing attorney. He has represented or served on the boards of numerous nonprofits and foundations including the Courthouse Square Foundation, Inc. and is a founding trustee of the Lexington History Museum, Inc., as well as its current president. Mr. Ockerman has been a leading force in campaigning for saving the old courthouse from decay and potential demolition.

Holly Wiedemann
Holly Wiedemann serves as President and Founder of AU Associates, and partner with Barry Alberts of City Visions as the Developer Agents on behalf of Historic Courthouse, LLLP (the City/Ownership Entity). Ms. Wiedemann is well-suited to manage the re-purposing of the historic courthouse structure. Among over $120 million in AU projects across Kentucky and West Virginia are more than 500 units of mixed income housing and 150,000 square feet of commercial space created in existing structures such as former school buildings.

Jenifer Wuorenmaa
Jenifer is a Senior Administrative Officer in the Office of the Chief Administrator. She assists with the municipal budget, public policy and administrative policy. Jenifer is managing portions of the old courthouse project.

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky 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, August 30, 2016

PLEASE RESERVE A SEAT FOR ME!

Free parking is available in the lot behind the Hilary J. Boone Center.

State of the Programs: Mitch Barnhart on UK Athletics

Although historically considered by some only a “basketball” school, through the leadership and investment of Mitch Barnhart and his 15 by 15 by 15 Plan, this myth has been thoroughly debunked. This ambitious blueprint which began in 2008 set forth the vision that Kentucky would rank in the nation’s top 15 athletic programs and win 15 conference or national championships by 2015, all the while also setting a goal of a 3.0 composite GPA for all student-athletes and an even greater commitment to community service. It is no surprise as all of his goals were exceeded by 2015, that last May he was named the Division I Athletic Director of the Year.

The University of Kentucky and the community of Lexington have certainly been the benefactors of Mitch Barnhart’s tenure as Athletic Director. Please join us as he provides an update on the state of athletics at the University of Kentucky.

Thursday, August 4, 2016
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky Campus
7:15 Coffee and Networking
7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20

Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, August 2, 2016

RESERVE A SEAT FOR ME!

Free parking is available in the lot behind the Hilary J. Boone Center.

**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.