Category: Upcoming Meetings

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

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


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


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