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Statewide Summit on Philanthropy to feature keynoter Cleveland Fed president Loretta Mester

Loretta Mester, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, will be keynote speaker for the eighth annual Kentucky Summit on Philanthropy, set for Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Economic Transition: Leading Through Philanthropy.”

To register, click here. Options are available to attend just the luncheon program at which Dr. Mester will speak and which will feature the presentation of KPI’s prestigious Commonwealth Award to leaders in Kentucky’s philanthropic community.

Previous recipients of the Commonwealth Award include the Northern Kentucky’s Durr Foundation, Kathy Merchant of the Greater Cincinnati Community Foundation and Toyota.


It will also include a “Social Enterprise Marketplace,” celebrating the work of social purpose enterprises from around the state.

Thanks to underwriting of the conference by KyForward, readers can enter code BG when registering to get special discounts.

Other guest speakers include Hal Heiner, Secretary of the Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development and Rick Jordan of Northern Kentucky who is director for special projects for the cabinet. Gary Cox, president of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities and Bridget Blom Ramsey of the Prichard Committee are also on the program.

“This year’s Summit offers a program rich with the energy and intellectual capital that Kentucky can mobilize to address the challenges of an economy in transition,” said KPI President Joe Clabes. “Private philanthropic investment is one of the keys to a successful transition.”

Lorena Mester

Loretta Mester

The program begin the afternoon of Aug. 30 with a meeting — open to the public as well — of The Kentucky Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance. The Alliance, created through KPI, includes current and aspiring social enterprise practitioners, expert consultants, and a variety of funders who advance social enterprise in Kentucky.

Supporters of the Summit include the University of Kentucky Office of Philanthropy, Field & Main Bank,the UK College of Agriculture, the Northern Kentucky Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the R. C. Durr Foundation and St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation.

Lessons From a Kentucky County
Brought to you by: UK Office of Philanthropy

The importance of philanthropy, community foundations and the Endow Kentucky Tax Credit is highlighted in how the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation has been a catalyst for transition in Muhlenberg County. Their impact in education, community development and improving the lives of their residents is a model any community could utilize. Speakers: Kathy Steward Jacobi, president, Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation Michael Richey, VP of Philanthropy, University of Kentucky

What Kentucky Needs
Brought to you by: Field & Main Bank, KyForward/NKyTribune

Kentucky can dream big and strive to set the standard in innovative solutions. This panel will explore how the next generation of Kentuckians can be inspired to engage in a future of opportunity and a strengthened commonwealth, utilizing existing capital and resources. Speakers: David Hawpe, retired journalist and editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal; John E. Chilton, State Budget Director, Kris Kimel, president, Kentucky Science of Technology Corporation; Brigitte Blom Ramsey, executive director, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence Susan Zepeda, President/CEO, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

Kentucky in Transition
Presented by: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Learn about innovating communities that have incorporated philanthropy into efforts to diversify their economic dependency from a single industry, broadening the economic base and fostering growth in emerging industries. Speakers: Matthew Klesta, policy analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; Gary Cox, president, Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities; Hal Heiner, Secretary, Kentucky Education and Workforce Development; Rick Jordan, director for special projects, Cabinet for Education & Workforce Development

Rejuvenating Kentucky’s Communities
Brought to you by UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and AARP

Our Kentucky hometowns each possess a unique character and charm. How can these special places best improve their quality of life, foster a sense of community and celebrate their distinct identities as they navigate economic transition? Revitalizing the commonwealth will depend on renewing the pride its citizens have in the place they call home and taking advantage of the often- overlooked assets on which they were built. Speakers: Jack Hillard, executive director, Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative; Candace Baldwin, director, Capital Impact Partners Jennifer Preston, Chief Advancement Officer, Henderson Community College; Jeff Rubin, consultant, Aging and Communities.

From Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative Communications

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