Annual Conference

Thank You Volunteers

A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this conference a success; we couldn’t have done it without you! The Conference Committee would also like to recognize and thank each of our speakers for the breakout sessions and another big thank you to our keynote speaker, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie.


Session Materials

All educational materials from the breakout sessions can be found here. Materials will be continuously added to this site as we receive them from presenters, so check back if you do not see the session you are looking for.



You can find links to photos from this year’s conference below:

  • Photos by Pete Comparoni, UK Photographer (if prompted, enter password: seeblue)
  • Photos by Audrey Moeglin, UK Student Photographer



Thank you to our conference sponsors for the amazing prize giveaways. We are so grateful to have wonderful community partners who support the mission of the UK Women’s Forum.


Women’s Forum

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Mark your calendars for the 2020 Women’s Forum Annual Conference, October 21st, 2020. We hope to see you there!









Past Conference Information

2019 Conference

Our thirteenth annual conference "Elevate" took place on October 16, 2019, in the Gatton Student Center. The keynote speaker was Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, five-time Olympian and assistant track coach at UK.

2018 Conference

Our twelfth annual conference "Intention" took place on October 18, 2018, in the Gatton Student Center. The keynote speaker was Dr. Colleen Swartz, chief administrative officer for UK HealthCare.

2017 Conference 

Our eleventh annual conference "The Future is Female" featured Dr. Sonja Feist-Price, Vice President for Institutional Diversity, and took place on October 18, 2017. Take a look the Conference Session Topics here.

2016 Conference

Our tenth annual conference"She is Every Woman" featured Dr. Kathi Kern, Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Director of CELT, and took place on October 19, 2016.

2015 Conference

Our ninth annual conference Memoirs of a UK Woman took place on October 21 at the Hilary J. Boone Center (500 Rose Street). Our keynote speaker was Kirsten Turner, the Chief of Staff and Assistant Dean in UK’s College of Arts and Sciences.

2014 Conference

The eighth annual conference, "Back to the Future: Female Leaders Past, Present, and Future," took place on October 15, 2014. We welcomed Dr. Christine Riordan as our keynote speaker.

2013 Conference

The seventh annual conference, "Hear Me Roar," took place on October 16, 2013. Our keynote speaker was Grace Gorrell, owner of Lead With Grace. 

2012 Conference

The sixth annual conference was held October 26, 2012. The keynote speaker was Matthew Mitchell, UK Women's Basketball Coach.