Category: Upcoming Meetings

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


**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 ( 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



Sonny Jones

LKY PhotoSonny Jones
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.

International Lexington

The Lexington Forum Presents


Isabel Taylor on International Lexington


Languages spoken in Fayette County Public Schools have grown from 27 in 2005 to 92 as of the spring semester of 2014. Citywide, more than 100 languages fill the air in an increasingly cosmopolitan Lexington. The Lexington Forum has invited Isabel Taylor, the city’s Multicultural Affairs Coordinator, to tell us about the complexities, challenges and opportunities of an “International Lexington.”

Isabel received an JD from the University of Texas, with courses at Vrije Universitiet, Brussels, Belgium in a Masters Program in International Law, and an L.L.M. in International Business Law from the University of London- London School of Economics & Queen Mary College. Practiced law as international counsel for Gulf Oil Corporation based in Houston, TX then continued in private international practice in Austin, TX. On retiring from the practice of law, moved to Lexington, KY where she is the Multicultural Affairs Coordinator for the Lexington Fayette Government. Ms Taylor works to identify the service needs of foreign-born citizens, residents & visitors and to eradicate the barriers to their ability to live and work here. This includes Title VI compliance regarding national origin discrimination. Ms Taylor maintains a data base on international communities and monitors state and national legislation pertaining to the immigrant, refugee, and international business sectors. She acts as liaison in support of educational and multicultural events, gives cross-cultural communication presentations and participates in university and non-profit organizations’ boards, advisory councils, task forces, and commissions on behalf of LFUCG involving diversity, human rights, human trafficking, international education, and race relations. She is a native Spanish and recovering French speaker.Thursday, November 6, 2014
Hilary J. Boone Center – UK’s Campus
7:15 Coffee and Networking
7:30 Breakfast and ProgramFree to Members / Guest Fee $20Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday November 4, 2014 using the link below.RSVP NOW

Ray Larson on Local Crime

District Attorney Ray Larson on Local crime

Crime in Lexington and What’s Driving It…

Larson has been the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney since January 2, 1985. He was appointed to that office by Governor Martha Layne Collins and has been elected for
five six-year terms since.

As the felony prosecutor for Fayette County, a jurisdiction of over 300,000, Larson supervises an office of 30 employees, 18 of whom are prosecutors, 5 are victim advocates and a small support staff. The office prosecutes over 1,500 multiple count felony indictments each year.

On Thursday, October 2, 2014 District Attorney Larson spoke to the Forum about Lexington’s current crime trends and what is driving them.