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Louisville-born startup helps companies understand and improve cultural well-being, drive innovation

By Baylee Pulliam University of Louisville A new University of Louisville research-born startup is helping companies assess and improve organizational culture and drive innovation — even while navigating the myriad of culture shocks caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The startup — called UPOP, for “Underestimated People Of Purpose” — is built around a new cultural well-being survey and predictive...

Kentucky by Heart: Warmth, comfort and inclusion is ‘percolating’ at Lexington’s McLeod’s Coffee House

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist On a warm December morning at McLeod’s Coffee House, where “no one is excluded,” Brewster McLeod is sure of one thing. Those he terms “VIPs,” his employees, are perkin’ pretty well after six weeks in on his and their dream project. In fact, you might say Brewster is still dancin’ with the ones who brought him to this point of glee, which he likes to...

Ky. Foundation for Women awards more than $54,000 in grants to feminist artists, arts organizations

The Kentucky Foundation for Women gave one-time grants for feminist artists and arts organizations to use their artmaking to build power for women and girls and inspire action towards a future democracy grounded in equity and inclusive engagement. The grants were offered in addition to KFW’s regular grant programs. Ten grants totaling $54,508 were given. “These artists will help change the stories...

UK’s Bilal ibn Rabah Scholarship creates life-changing opportunities, extends community ties

Jevincio Tooson had every reason to believe attending college was an unreachable dream. Raised by a single mother and twice homeless while growing up, no one in Tooson’s family had ever graduated from college. Tooson applied for about 40 scholarships. He received, by his count, about 40 rejections. But Jevincio Tooson didn’t stop. With a sense of dogged determination, his dream would not be deferred....