Women's Forum Annual Conference

2015 Conference

Our 2015 annual conference Memoirs of a UK Woman will take place on October 21st at the Hilary J. Boone Center (500 Rose Street). Questions? Please contact Conference committee chair, Megan Kidd, at mldi226@uky.edu

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Hilary J. Boone Center

9:00-9:45 a.m.

KEYNOTE: The Shape of Ourselves
Kirsten Turner is the Chief of Staff and Assistant Dean in UK’s College of Arts and Sciences, where she is responsible for all the organizational and administrative parts of the College including, human resources, finance and administration, external relations, space and facilities, project management, and department administration. Her research interests deal with the public benefits of higher education as well as the current state of the American professoriate.

Hilary J. Boone Center, Rose & Columbia Rooms


10:00-10:45 a.m.

Don’t Be a Cover Band: Finding Your Inner Voice

Finding your voice and having the courage to speak the part of what makes us each authentic and original. The difficulty has often been identifying what makes us authentic. Another difficulty is identifying what gets in the way of expressing ourselves so the words are our own. Join us as we talk about what makes you authentic; what is your purpose and motivation and what you are doing (or not) to express it.

Ann Bassoni, UK Work Life

Hunt Room

Women’s Financial Advising


University of Kentucky’s Federal Credit is pleased to present some inside tips, tricks, and information on money management for women. So often our lives become busy, and we all tend to overlook our ability to maximize our resources, so UK Credit Union wants to offer some inside information to better accomplish and capitalize opportunities that are presented to women. Come join the conversation and fun.



Carol Carr, UK Credit Union

Conference Room

Re-creating Your Story: Refocusing Your Wellness—Casting a Wellness Vision

Learn how to refocus your wellness story by casting a personal wellness vision.  Sharpen your focus on what wellness means to you whether you already pursue a healthy lifestyle or want to make new, healthy changes.  We will clarify goals, assess obstacles, mobilize strengths and define supportive practices.  Wherever you are in your story, you’ll leave with strategies to create one a little closer to your definition of wellness.


Jackie Handson, UK Health & Wellness

President’s Room


11:00-11:45 a.m.

Reviving Your Drive: Methods for Rejuvenating Your Work Soul


Are you a seasoned professional whose steam is about to run out?  Or perhaps you’re new to the game and feel a bit overwhelmed by policies and procedures. This session will give you a chance to make connections with other colleagues across campus who may feel the same. Join us to take a few deep breaths and reassess why you’re here and learn strategies for stress reduction in the office. 

Faith Cracraft, UK College of Business

Conference Room

Speaking Your Truth



What’s YOUR truth?  When we can share our stories we find power to overcome challenges, and setbacks.  Sharing the stories of women from the book, “Speaking Your Truth:  Courageous Stories from Inspiring Women” by Lisa Shultz, will help you to let go and speak your truth.  The benefits are innumerable, but during our time together we will share how speaking our truth sets us free and opens us up for success in all facets of our lives.



Maria Fischer-Booth, UK HR Training

Hunt Room

Re-creating Your Story: Refocusing Your Perspective—The Power of Gratitude Journaling

Learn how to recreate your story through an “Attitude of Gratitude”. This session will help you explore how to be free and happy with the present, confident about the future, and at peace that you’ll leave a memoir of your choosing.  We’ll focus on how the power of gratitude journaling can change your perspective and how you see your life-story unfold.




Andrea DeWeese, UK Health and Wellness

President’s Room

11:45-1:00 p.m.

LUNCH & Resource Fair

1:15-2:30 p.m.

Speed Networking
Alison Begor and Lisa Lockman

2:30-3:00 p.m.

Wrap-Up and Give Aways
Rose and Columbia

2014 Conference

Our UK Women's Forum Eighth Annual Conference, "Back to the Future: Female Leaders Past, Present, and Future took place on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. We welcomed Dr. Christine Riordan, as our keynote speaker along with breakout sessions that encouraged, informed, and celebrated women at UK. It was a great day of learning and discussion.

2013 Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended the UK Women's Forum Seventh Annual Conference, "Hear Me Roar," on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

The conference kicked-off with a high-energy presentation by keynote speaker Grace Gorrell, owner of Lead With Grace. Participants also attended sessions from three learning tracks: "I Am Woman--At Work, "I Am Woman--At Home," and "I Am Woman--Take Time for Me!" Also featured was a "dress for success" fashion show, a resource fair, and the opportunity to win various prizes. You can also check-out the full conference schedule

We look forward to seeing you at next year's conference!

2012 Conference

The Women's Forum Sixth Annual Conference was held October 26, 2012. The keynote speaker was Matthew Mitchell, UK Women's Basketball Coach. Featured topics during the conference included Zumba Fitness, Domestic Violence and the Workplace, Dress for the Job You Want and much more.



Join us for our next meeting

Our next professional development opportunity is on Tuesday, October 20th in the W.T. Young Library Gallery from 12:10 pm to 12:50 pm