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Welcome to the preview page for the 2021 Governor's Conference on Leadership, Equality, Accessibility and Diversity (LEAD)! This conference is one of the largest events of its kind in the region. We are excited to host yet another virtual event, building on the success of the 2020 which attracted over 1,000 registrants. Attendees will hear from a powerful line-up of speakers addressing a wide-range of topics centered on leadership, equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion. 

Who will be there?

We are excited to announce our featured keynote speaker for the 2021 Governor’s LEAD Conference. This year, internationally renowned diversity, inclusion and bias expert Risha Grant will deliver a high-energy and thought-provoking message to help us address our own ‘B.S’., or Bias Synapse.

As an attendee, you will also hear opening remarks from Governor Andy Beshear, along with performances from the Kentucky State University choir, 2021-22 Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson, musical folk band Appalatin and many more!

The 2021 LEAD Conference will be emceed by KET’s Renee Shaw who will also serve as moderator for several powerful panels that will include speakers including Chief of Staff for the Office of the Governor, Vivian Blade, Cathe Dykstra - Chief Possibility Officer/President & CEO, Family Scholar House, Virginia Moore - Executive Director, KY Commission of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and others.

Why should I attend?

This professional development opportunity has attracted over 1,000 management, legal, HR, administrative and other diversity professionals from across the U.S. Not only will attendees be provided with diversity and inclusion resources and tools to lead and affect positive change, some attendees will also be eligible to receive professional development credit.

Additionally, attendees will be able to join us for a special presentation of the Charles W. Anderson Laureate Award, George W. Wilson, Sr. Equity Achievement Award and the inaugural I.M.P.A.C.T. Award that will recognize the achievements of a state employee who has made significant contributions to diversity and inclusion. 

For more information or questions about the 2021 Governor’s Conference on Leadership, Equality, Accessibility and Diversity (LEAD), please contact the Office of Diversity, Equality and Training at 502.564.8000. 

We hope to see you at the 2021 LEAD Conference, Nov. 18 - 19! 

Join the conversation on social media #KyLEAD2021

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The Kentucky Personnel Cabinet is now accepting nominations for the Charles W. Anderson Laureate Award.

This award recognizes the achievements of Kentuckians who have made significant contributions to promoting equal employment opportunities, pioneered diversity initiatives or have made significant contributions to the advancement of any protected class.
The Charles W. Anderson Laureate Award will be presented during the 2021 Governor's Conference on Leadership, Equality, Accessibility and Diversity (LEAD).

Since 1989, the Charles W. Anderson Laureate Award has been presented to recipients including, Governor Steven Beshear, Whitney M. Young Jr. and Muhammad Ali.

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The Office of Diversity, Equality and Training (ODET) is now accepting nominations for the 2021 IMPACT Award! This inaugural award will recognize one current Executive Branch employee who within the past year has made significant contributions towards advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.


The IMPACT AWARD exemplifies the following key attributes: 

Innovation: An inclusive environment encourages innovation, individuals and agencies can flourish, employment satisfaction is enhanced and cost-saving techniques can be employed.

Motivation: Employees are motivated to not only achieve their Cabinet, Department or Office goals and objectives, but also develop an understanding of the important role diversity and inclusion plays in the organizational structure.

Purpose: A strong purpose speaks to every individual and community as a whole. In the context of diversity, equity and inclusion, it creates a shared commitment to building an equitable workforce and effective organization.

Accountability: Infusing accountability at the organizational and individual level is key to building diverse organizations with inclusive cultures.

Collaboration: Everyone must be willing and able to work together in new and collaborative ways. Collaboration positively impacts productivity, fosters understanding among fellow employees and enhances organizational performance.

Transformation: Creating a diverse and inclusive culture requires more than just making a few changes; it requires transformation.

For more information, please contact the Office of Diversity, Equality and Training at 502.564.8000.