EMERGE 16 is a full-day event that brings together young professionals and entrepreneurs, emerging leaders, business professionals, and community leaders from all walks of life on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at Lexington Center. By unifying Kentucky's young professionals we are empowering our future leaders to participate through networking and collaboration and creating an opportunity for their voice to be heard. Our communities stand to benefit through better opportunities, more diverse and engaged youth, and ultimately a stronger economy.
The inaugural Emerge conference was held in 2014 and has continued to grow each year based on the desire within the young professional community to create opportunities for professional, personal, and community growth. Check out the agendas and speakers from previous years.

Paul Wesselmann - The Ripples Guy

Paul Wesselmann is an educator, writer, and founder of UnleashRipples, an experiment in nurturing kindness that reaches over 30,000 people every Monday morning. With degrees in psychology and higher education, his keynotes and trainings have captivated teams at hundreds of organizations around North America. Paul believes his purpose on this planet is to help people more consistently bring their best selves to work and life. You can connect with him at UnleashRipples.com or by searching for RipplesGuy on social media.

 

Alli Truttmann

Alli is the founder and CEO of Wicked Sheets. In 2012, Alli won the Louisville Venture Connectors "Venture Sharks" pitch competition for Wicked Sheets. In 2014, Alli was honored as one of Louisville Business First's '40 Under Forty.' Alli is also an adjunct professor of Psychology at Bellarmine University, and has worked as a behavior therapist for children diagnosed along the Autism Spectrum.

Alex Frommeyer

Alex Frommeyer is the Co-founder and CEO of Beam Dental, a Columbus, OH-based, dental insurance company rethinking dental care from the ground up. He has two engineering degrees from the University of Louisville's Speed School of Engineering, where he graduated magna cum laude and founded his first company in 2010.

JK McKnight

JK McKnight is a writer, musician, producer, fundraiser and environmental activist. As a Louisville, KY native, he is the founder of The Forecastle Festival and The Forecastle Foundation. He graduated from St. Xavier High School, and attended the College of Charleston, Bellarmine University, and the University of Louisville.

Bianca Spriggs
Affrilachian Poet
Clare Bresnahan
She Should Run
Colene Elridge
Coach
Dakota Meyer
Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
Donald Mason
Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center
Dotti Berry
Training2Transform Global Enterprises, EPIC Connections
Glenn Leveridge
Central Bank & Trust Co.
James Brown
Council Member, City of Lexington
Jonathan Hollinger
City of Lexington
Kate Horning
Sante Cellars Wine
Laci Poulter
Lexington Clinic
Larry Forester
Cumberland Valley National Bank
Mary Quinn Ramer
VisitLex
Melody Flowers
University of Kentucky
Mindy Rohr
Love, Lexington
Phil Holoubek
LRC
Renee Jackson Shepard
Downtown Lexington Corp.
Scott Jennings
RunSwitch PR
Scott Shapiro
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray's Office
Thomas Lesser
Big Ass Solutions
Tiffany Fleming
U.S. Attorney's Office
Tracy Dunn
Transylvania University
Van Meter Pettit
VMP Architects
Whit Hiler
Kentucky For Kentucky, Cornett Advertising
Drura Parrish
MakeTime Inc.
Allen McDaniel
Lexington Clinic Foundation
Warren Rogers
W. Rogers Company
Holly Wiedemann
AU Associates
Bob Babbage
Babbage Cofounder
Mandy Helton
Emerge KY
 

Emerge is designed to allow you to listen and engage with leaders and entrepreneurs within our communities that follow three unique paths: Personal Growth, Professional Development, and Investing in the Community.

Registration
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
IMMERSE YOURSELF
The Ripples Guy - Paul Wesselmann
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Ripples of Connectedness: Amplifying Your Influence Today & Every Day with Paul Wesselmann, The Ripples Guy
BREAKOUT SESSION 1
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Mentorship as a Professional
Development Strategy
Glenn Leveridge (Central Bank)
Warren Rogers (W. Rogers Company)
Tracey Dunn (Transylvania University)

Moderated by Allen McDaniel
(Lexington Clinic Foundation)

Branding the Bluegrass
Kate Horning (Sante Cellars Wine)
Whit Hiler (Kentucky For Kentucky,
Cornett Advertising)
Mindy Rohr (Love, Lexington)
Bianca Spriggs (Affrilachian Poet)

Moderated by Mary Quinn Ramer (VisitLEX)

Collaborate: It's the Best
Career Move you Can Make
Thomas Lesser
(Big Ass Solutions)

NETWORKING BURST
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Please extend your connectedness by mingling with
exhibitors & conference participants

DINE & DEVELOP SPONSORED BY COMMUNITY TRUST BANK
With Our Keynote Speakers
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Entrepreneur Panel: Building From the Ground Up
Alli Truttmann (Wicked Sheets), Alex Frommeyer (Beam Dental), and JK McKnight
Moderated by Coach Colene Elridge
BREAKOUT SESSION 2
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Running for Office:
How to Become a Leader
Scott Jennings (RunSwitch PR)
Clare Bresnahan (Should She Run)
Mandy Helton (Emerge KY)

Moderated by Bob Babbage (Babbage Cofounder)

Responsible Infill and
Redevelopment: Ensuring That
Redevelopment is 'SMART' Development
Council Member James Brown (City of Lexington)
Van Meter Pettit (VMP Architects)
Phil Holoubek (LRC)
Holly Wiedemann (AU Associates)

Moderated by Jonathan Hollinger (City of Lexington)

WORK + LIFE = BALANCE
Renee Jackson Shepard (Downtown Lexington Corp.)
Laci Poulter (Lexington Clinic)
Larry Forester (Cumberland Valley National Bank)
Tiffany Fleming (U.S. Attorney's Office)

Moderated by Chapman Hopkins
(Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC)

BREAKOUT SESSION 3
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Don't Just Survive - Thrive!
Overcoming Adversity
Dakota Meyer
Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

Lexington - A University City... Now What?
Melody Flowers (University of Kentucky)
Drura Parrish (MakeTime Inc.)
Donald Mason (Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center)

Moderated by Scott Shapiro
(Mayor Jim Gray's Office)

Unlock the Secret to
More Effective Communication
Dotti Berry, CEO of Training2Transform
Global Enterprises, EPIC Connections

EPIC FINALE
With Reception Sponsored by Dinsmore & Shohl
Paul Wesselmann
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Making Today Count: Transforming Today's Energy Into Tomorrow's Success!
We've held back a few surprises until the very end, so be sure to rush into
the closing session where our opening speaker, The Ripples Guy, will close
out our day with a story that you won't ever forget. Ever.
 
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SIGNAGE SPONSOR:
Randstad
SPECIAL THANKS:
A Cup of Common Wealth
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