Kentucky to the World’s Mission
To enhance the reputation of Kentucky, its people and its assets by featuring and promoting the stories of extraordinary individuals who are passionate about their Kentucky ties. KTW inspires Kentuckians of all ages to realize their own potential, and boosts awareness of the state’s positive impact across the country and around the world.
The people whom KTW selects to feature meet a predetermined set of criteria. They must:
- Have a strong Kentucky connection, including one or more of the following:
- They were born or raised in Kentucky.
- They attended and/or graduated from a Kentucky school.
- They spent at least five years living, working, or contributing to a Kentucky community.
- Possess a fresh story. KTW features renowned men and women, many of whom are not well known in the state. Some live outside of Kentucky and others make Kentucky their home.
- Embody values including creativity, innovation, risk-taking, intellectual courage, and entrepreneurial spirit.
- Demonstrate work that is nationally and/or internationally significant as well as current and applicable to contemporary subjects of discourse and value.
KTW’s far-reaching goals include expanding online content and reach to become a major online media publication, growing the speaker series geographically to other cities in Kentucky, and capitalizing on educational efforts through a mentorship program that will allow our Kentucky-connected men and women to inspire and guide Kentucky’s students of today to attain their professional and community minded goals of tomorrow.
What We Do
Kentucky to the World, a Louisville-based non-profit, is dedicated to enhancing the intellectual reputation of the state, its people and its assets through a unique combination of live events and video outreach. We feature and promote extraordinary individuals who are passionate about their Kentucky ties through a speaker series for general and student audiences, videos distributed online, through community partners and KET (Kentucky Educational Television).
Founded in 2012, Kentucky to the World is unique in its singular focus on Kentucky’s intellectual reputation. KTW has hosted 16 public programs that also provided free tickets for 700 students from more than 40 schools and organizations, most from underserved areas. Three live programs a year for general audiences are held in collaboration with The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts with Republic Bank Foundation as the title sponsor. They are aired and streamed on KET. Preceding each event is a special program for more than 50 local high school students who attend an intimate briefing with presenters, supported by title sponsor Lifetime Wealth Strategies.
In addition, under the banner, “Kentucky: The New Narrative,” brief multimedia presentations drawn from our events and other interviews are being broadcast statewide through a network of community partners that currently include the Frazier Museum, the Kentucky Science Center, the Louisville Omni Hotel, Louisville Tourism, Muhammad Ali Center and The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.
They are designed to educate, excite and empower through the stories of extraordinary individuals who are passionate about their Kentucky ties. When we get more of these amazing stories out into the state and beyond, we will increase by thousands the number of people who will value Kentucky as a rich source of intellectual vitality and creativity. KTW then tells a new story of Kentucky on the world stage.
We want Kentucky’s reputation to be shaped by the impact of the extraordinary people with ties to Kentucky, rather than by the old stereotypes.