Women's Forum Annual Conference

Save the Date! Our 2015 conference Memoirs of a UK Woman will be on October 21st, 2015 at the Hilary J. Boone Center. Additional information will follow soon.

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. This year we welcomed UK Provost, 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. You will find the full 2014 schedule listed below; click on the title to view the speaker's presentation. We look forward to having you join us in 2015!

8:30-9:00 a.m.


UK Student Center Grand Ballroom

9:00-9:45 a.m.

See Women:  Factors Related to Women’s Career Success

Christine Riordan is provost and professor of management at the University of Kentucky.   A leadership development and workplace diversity and inclusion expert, Dr. Riordan is passionate about helping others maximize their leadership potential.  She will discuss research on factors related to women’s career success and how organizations successfully leverage female talent.

Provost Dr. Christine Riordan

UK Student Center Grand Ballroom



10:00-10:45 a.m.

Overcoming Superwoman Syndrome
In an effort to be all things to all people -- the best at our work! mom of the year! the best friend! -- we, as women, often find ourselves stressed out, burned out, and exhausted.  This session will look at sources contributing to our own superwoman syndrome and how we can work towards overcoming it.

Erika Chambers
Director, UK Work-Life

Room 357

Setting Realistic Boundaries
This session will focus on how to set realistic expectations for yourself and others, how to set personal and professional boundaries, and how to communicate to others when those boundaries have been violated.


Marietta Watts, UKHR
Senior Training Specialist

Room 359

Women’s Personal Safety
(At home and while out and about.)
This session will focus on keeping yourself from becoming a victim of crime by being aware of your surroundings and providing personal safety tips while shopping, walking, and at home and work.


Robert (Bob) Pearl, UKPD
Crime Prevention Officer

Room 363



11:00-11:45 a.m.

“Speaking Truth to Power:” The Activism of Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, and Anne Braden
My talk will address three revolutionary women leaders in American history who against great odds changed the direction of American political, social and economic life:   Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, and Anne Braden, who against great odds changed the direction of American political, social and economic life. Invoking the Quaker phrase "speak truth to power," I will demonstrate that bold action and speech on the part of these three path-breaking women changed the course of American history and continue to inspire us today.

Kathi Kern, College of Arts & Sciences
Faculty, History Department



Room 357

Introduction to Emotional Intelligence for Leaders and Aspiring Leaders
In a fast-paced, fun and fact-filled session, participants will learn why some of the “smartest” people never make it to leadership positions while others, with less obvious “IQ” traits and skills, are promoted and succeed ‘up the ladder.  Researchers have found that EQ, not IQ, explains the difference! Emerging as a concept in 1995, Emotional Intelligence helps explain why people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQS more than two-thirds of the time. In this 45 minute session for newcomers to EQ, participants will learn what emotional intelligence is, understand the 4 components that comprise it, view a video clip demonstrating some common EQ situations, and receive resources for exploring , assessing, and improving their current EQ levels.

Diane Kohler, UKHR
Manager, Staff Career Development

Room 359

Don’t Yuck My Yum:  Recognizing, Appreciating, and Affirming Identities
Each of us are made up of multiple identities which shape who we are as unique and complex individuals.  But what happens when your identities conflict with someone else’s or someone else’s “moral compass”?  In this session we will explore the importance of recognizing, appreciating and affirming the identities of others as well as our own.  Recognition, appreciation and affirmation of identities are the cornerstones of creating an environment that allows people to thrive, succeed, and prosper.  We will also talk about the importance of creating safe and affirming spaces and how that connects to student, staff, and faculty success and retention.

Carol Taylor, VIP Center
Social Justice Educator



Room 363

11:45-1:00 p.m.


UK Student Center Grand Ballroom

Resource Fair

UK Student Center Small Ballroom


1:15-2:30 p.m.

Beat the after-lunch slump and meet colleagues from across campus in this fast-paced session. Speed networking will allow you to make new connections and meet lots of people in a short amount of time. Get up and get moving while exchanging introductions with colleagues from across campus in a fun, low-pressure setting.

Farrah Dicken, Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center

UK Student Center Grand Ballroom

2:30-3:00 p.m.


UK Student Center Grand Ballroom

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.



Welcome NEW members to the Women's Forum Board!

We are excited to welcome the following new members to the Women's Board for 2015-2017: Leah Godlaski, Sharon Goins, Marie Hartke, Dimmi T. Jackson, Michelle Johnson, Megan Kidd, Jimmi Hatton-Kolpek, Lisa Lockman, Natasha Saunders, and Chrissie Tune.