Annual Conference

UK Women’s Forum Announces Annual Conference Dates

The University of Kentucky Women’s Forum is excited to announce our annual conference. 2020 represents a landmark year for our event for many reasons. Not only will we be hosting the event fully online for the first time ever, but our event name is also changing to Womxn+ Conference. Our event will be held over two days and will be completely free of charge. We hope you will join us for this exciting event!  

Theme: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges 

Dates & Times: Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Eastern), with potential special programming 7 PM – 8 PM; Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 8 AM – Noon (Eastern)  

Format: Microsoft Teams Online 


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Why Womxn+? 

This alternative spelling to women includes not only cis women, but trans women, non-binary, people of color and female-identified individuals. The swapping of letters promotes inclusivity and the + represents our allies that help advance our mission of creating a space to discuss relevant issues and using collective problem solving and educational opportunities to empower and champion womxn. 

The conference may include, but not limited to, the following topics: understanding racial trauma, ally development, career advancement, salary negotiation, mid-career development and management, work-life balance, coping mechanisms for anxiety and stress, and mental health.  

So far this year’s key note speakers include local icon Judge Pamela Goodwine.  Judge Goodwine was elected to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in November 2018 to serve Division 1 of the 5th Appellate District. Before her election to the Court of Appeals, Judge Goodwine was Chief Regional Circuit Judge for Fayette County. She served as a circuit court judge since November of 2003. She served as a district court judge from August of 1999 until November of 2003. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky, Carol Martin Gatton College of Business in 1991. She graduated from the University of Kentucky, College of Law in 1994. She was admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in October 1994. She was in private practice with the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs from 1994 until her appointment to the district court bench in August of 1999. Her primary practice area was labor and employment law. 

Additional keynote speakers, breakout session speakers, and entertainment will be announced at a later date. 



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. 

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.