October 11, 2006 | By: Aimee Nielson

Ken Blanchard, co-author of “The One-Minute Manager” and, most recently, “Leading at a Higher Level,” will be in Lexington Nov. 8 for the second annual Unbridling the Spirit of Leadership in Kentucky Communities Conference.

The University of Kentucky Center for Leadership Development is partnering with Commerce Lexington Inc. and the Kentucky Educational Development Corp. to offer this full-day leadership event at Lexington Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom. It is open to high school students and adults.

“We want to bring business, government and education together to start working as a team to build stronger communities in Kentucky,” said Grace Gorrell, assistant director for the UK Center for Leadership Development. “A key building block in that is to have strong leaders, and that’s what this conference is all about. Most companies in Kentucky have fewer than 25 employees; government and nonprofit organizations have limited resources, so we want to bring in the nationally known teachers that they aren’t able to host.”

Blanchard will emphasize keys to leading at a higher level in four sessions: Set your Sights on the Right Target and Vision; Treat Your Customers Right; Treat Your People Right; and Have the Right Kind of Leadership. The conference will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and end with a question-and-answer session from 3:30 to 4 p.m.

“We want to inspire participants to continue leadership development in their organizations throughout the year and help those organizations find the local resources that can assist them in that effort,” Gorrell said.

In 2005, more than 1,400 people attended the inaugural leadership conference with John Maxwell. Gorrell encourages elected county officials, nonprofit organizations, university officials, university faculty and staff, school superintendents, trainers from large corporations, high school and college students, church leaders and others interested in developing leadership skills to attend.

“We really want to equip people with the leadership skills they need to make their workplaces more efficient and satisfying,” she said. “Participants are encouraged to make requests for other training opportunities the leadership center may be able to offer in the future.”

Registration is $99 for adults and $50 for high school students, which includes all workshops and materials. Forms are available here.  Fax or e-mail completed forms toKatie Hardwick at 859-233-3304. For questions or more information, contact Grace Gorrell or Chuck Corby at 859-257-2748.

Sponsors of the event include Fayette County Public Schools, Bluegrass Society for Human Resource Management, Business Lexington, Georgetown College, Kentucky Association of School Administrators, the Kentucky Department of Tourism, Leadership Kentucky, Saver Group, Inc., the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, the University of Kentucky President’s Office, WKYT-TV and WUKY radio.


Grace Gorrell, 859-257-2748