Membership Information

Become a Board Member

The UK Women’s Forum is seeking board members for the 2019-2021 term! The UK Women's Forum is an organization for all employees of the University, both faculty and staff. Its mission is to exert leadership in empowering, validating, informing, including, and celebrating all women employed at the University of Kentucky by addressing challenges, communicating issues, and recognizing successes within the context of the workplace.

Nominations for the Women's Forum board are open April 8 - April 26, 2019, at

Self-nominations are welcome from any employee interested in championing women’s issues at UK. Alternatively, you may reach out to someone else you think would make an excellent candidate and encourage them to self-nominate.

Specifically, the Women’s Forum is looking for individuals who can contribute a variety of skills and experience including event planning, fundraising, communication, social media marketing, website design, public relations, and program development. Every board member has the opportunity to grow and develop their leadership capacity while serving in the board member role.

There are many other exciting reasons to join:

  • Being among outstanding women and men who dedicate themselves to making UK a better place to work
  • Enhancing leadership and teamwork skills
  • Participating in networking opportunities with a diverse group of individuals
  • Celebrating the uniqueness of all women at UK
  • Continuing the success of our long standing Sarah Bennett Holmes Award and Luncheon
  • Developing new contributions to the annual Women’s Forum Conference
  • Participating in the Employee Educational Assistance Awards program, which bestows scholarships for continuing education among UK employees


Nominees will be placed on a ballot for campus-wide voting during the UK Staff Senate elections from May 6 -24, 2019. Nominations should include a 250-word platform statement and picture. Additional details regarding member expectations can be found on the nomination form.

Those elected will serve a two-year term beginning on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the all-day Women’s Forum board retreat. Board members must also be able to attend the monthly board meetings, held for 30 minutes prior to the monthly professional development presentations in the WTY Library Gallery Room.  


Any questions about the election process may be directed to current UKWF Chair-elect Amanda Saha .


Professional Development

The Women's Forum offers professional development and educational presentations the third Tuesday of every month (except June), 12pm-1pm, in the W.T. Young Library. All general members are strongly encouraged to attend, but the presentations are open to all UK faculty and staff. Please feel free to invite your colleagues. 

Become a General Member

Click here to email our past Chair Laura Mancuso about becoming a General Member.

General members are recruited or self-appointed and they are encouraged to serve on one or more committees, including Programs, Communications, Sarah Bennett Holmes Luncheon and the Fall Conference. If general members elect to serve on a committee, they will meet monthly within their committees and are encouraged to attend the monthly Board meetings.