Event Calendar

Kentucky to the World is proud to bring an array of talent to our speaker series stage!

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2017 Speaker Series Calendar of Events


Monday, March 13
Perry Bacon, Jr. Inside Political Reporting in the Era of Tribalism, Trump & Twitter

The Kentucky Center at 501 West Main Street
Reception 5:30 p.m. Program 6:30 p.m.

Up first will be journalist Perry Bacon, Jr. NBC News Senior Political Reporter, who has been an eyewitness to and reporter of the dynamic events in American politics since 2002. “Inside Political Reporting in the Era of Tribalism, Trump, & Twitter.” He will share his fascinating insights from his unique vantage point as a political observer of American politics and history with Congressman John Yarmuth, a friend since Perry’s days as a kid dreaming big.

Wednesday, August 23
Elizabeth Mayhew

The Kentucky Center at 501 West Main Street
Reception 5:30 p.m. Program 6:30 p.m.

Lifestyle expert and Louisville native Elizabeth Mayhew has taken her career from growing up in Louisville to the national spotlight, where she is a contributing editor for NBC’s Today and a popular monthly columnist for the Washington Post, and Brand Editor of Reese Witherspoon’s southern-inspired brand Draper James.

Please join us on Wednesday, August 23 to discover how growing up in Kentucky infused Elizabeth with the creativity and passion to become successful as a national design leader and how her Kentucky roots continue to inspire her and help shape her career.

Monday, October 30
An Evening with Louisville’s Own Global Game Changers

The Kentucky Center at 501 West Main Street
Reception 5:30 p.m. Program 6:30 p.m.

How often do we hear, what is wrong with kids today? Perhaps we should change the conversation to what is right with kids today, and how we can help them harness their talent and strengths to change the world?

Louisville’s own Global Game Changers, a local nonprofit is doing just that as they seek to empower all children to discover their inner superpower and make the world a better place through unique educational programs and partnerships.

Jan Helson, well-known business owner and philanthropist and daughter actress Rachel Annette Helson have partnered with family members Anne and Justin Walker. Together they are expanding GGC using their equation: MY TALENT + MY HEART = MY SUPERPOWER™ to change the trajectory of youth in Louisville area to be more emotionally intelligent and socially equipped to become change-makers in our own community (globalgamechangers.org).

Don’t miss this opportunity to join us in a conversation with the founders of GGC, hosted by Sam Corbett, Executive Director of Future Up, Advancing Louisville’s Public Schools (formerly the Jefferson County Public Education Foundation).  

2016 Speaker Series Calendar of Events

First up will be three outstanding sisters whose careers have taken them down paths from women’s health to civil rights to beauty. Talk about girl power!

Our summer presentation will showcase three powerful men—Dan Roth, Executive Editor of LinkedIn; Evan Roth, a financial powerhouse; and Junior Bridgeman, an entrepreneurial superstar and former pro-ball player–in a rare live-audience podcast!

In the fall, we round out the year with Jon Carloftis, a landscape designer whose celebrated reputation as a pioneer in the field exceeds not only Kentucky’s boundaries, but the nation’s as well.

All events include a one-hour reception with our guests followed by a program. Tickets are $25 and include appetizers from Wiltshire Pantry, water and soft drinks.There is also a cash bar.

Wednesday, March 16
Rebecca, Lady and Cecil Booth with “Sister Act”

Tales of True Life, Family & Success in The Worlds of Science, Civil Rights & Girl Power
Moderated by Kirby Adams

Henry Clay Building at 604 South 3rd Street
Reception, 5pm. Program, 6pm

Lady, Cecil, and Rebecca Booth

Lady, Cecil, and Rebecca Booth

Please join Kentucky to the World on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 for an engaging discussion as three highly successful, native Louisville sisters – an MD and author, an attorney, and a beauty marketing executive – bring to the stage fascinating stories of how their individual professions and passions have brought them love and togetherness in unexpected ways.

For more about the careers of Rebecca Booth, Lady Booth Olson and Cecil Booth, as well as Kirby Adams, please visit SPEAKER SERIES 2016 Bios.


Wednesday, August 3
Junior Bridgeman Interview by Evan and Co-host Daniel Roth
for Breaking the Mold Live Podcast

Henry Clay Building at 604 South 3rd Street
Reception, 5:30pm. Program, 6:30pm.

Daniel and Evan Roth

Daniel and Evan Roth

Junior Bridgeman

Junior Bridgeman

This podcast with Louisville natives Evan Roth, host, and Dan Roth, guest co-host, explores the people and issues fueling business today through brotherly debate and an interview that focuses on their guest’s path to success. Their guest will be franchise entrepreneur Junior Bridgeman.

For more about the careers of Evan Roth, Dan Roth, and Junior Bridgeman, please visit SPEAKER SERIES 2016 Bios.


Monday, October 24
Wendy Whelan
To the Point: A Conversation with Emily Bingham

The Kentucky Center at 501 West Main Street
Reception, 5:30pm. Program, 6:30pm.

Wendy Whelan - Nisian Hughes, Photographer low-resMillions know Wendy Whelan as America’s premier ballerina, but few know the woman inside the dance icon. Join us on October 24, 2016, for an intimate conversation with this dancer who has thrilled audiences for over three decades as she talks about the future and embracing her creative power.

I honestly feel like I’m bursting with something. I’m deciding who I want to dance with, what I want to do each day. It’s not a place I’ve been at in my career before… It’s daunting and scary, and so beautiful.
-Wendy Whelan

For more about the career of Wendy Whelan, please visit SPEAKER SERIES 2016 Bios.