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Women Leading Kentucky will hold a Roundtable lunch event in Frankfort at the Kentucky State University Research & Demonstration Farm this Thursday, October 27th beginning at 11:30 am. Roundtables are where prominent Kentuckians are invited to speak and share professional/personal challenges and lessons learned. Eight networking luncheons are offered in the Fall and Winter seasons each year: January – April and September – November.

Change. Challenge. Opportunity.

Join us as guest speakers  Kristen Branscum, with Kentucky Tourism, & Laura Prewitt of the Kentucky Horse Park are the keynote speakers for the October 27th Luncheon. Register HERE.


  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Registration / Networking / Visit Exhibitors
  • 12:00 – 1:30 pm – Program & Lunch
  • 1:30 pm – Adjourn
  • Seating is limited; pre-registration required.


Prices below reflect a discounted rate for the purchase of 3 or more luncheons.

  • $160/person:  5 Roundtables (Lexington, Frankfort & Richmond)
  • $130/person:  4 Roundtables (Lexington, Frankfort or Richmond)
  • $100/person:  3 Roundtables (Lexington only)
  • $35/person:   per Roundtable

Pre-registration is required. Attendance for each Roundtable is between 130-160 and we always sell out. Our RT’s offer great networking opportunities.


Lexington: $150 for space & 1 staff person; $175 for space & 2 staff persons; includes lunch for all
Frankfort & Richmond: $50 for space & 1 staff person; $75 for space & 2 staff persons; includes lunch for all

Kristen Branscum, Kentucky Tourism

kristen-branscumKristen Branscum was named Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism in January 2016, returning to the office after previously serving as Tourism Development Director from 2004-2008. As Commissioner, she and her staff are responsible for marketing and promoting Kentucky as a travel destination domestically and internationally.  Her duties also include oversight and coordination of the Kentucky Film Office, the Kentucky Tourism Development Act and Kentucky’s Film Incentive program.

Prior to being named Commissioner, Branscum worked for eight years in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in various leadership roles.  From 2012-2016, she was Executive Director of Marketing for the department and in addition to managing six divisions and 50+ employees, Branscum oversaw the highly successful Kentucky Proud™ branding program which is the official logo for agricultural products in the state.

Ms. Branscum is a member of the Board of Directors for Travel South USA, the Kentucky Travel Industry Association, the Southeast Tourism Society, and the Kentucky Derby Festival.  She is also a member of the National Council of State Travel Directors and served on the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council, Farm to Food Banks Committee and has been involved with building the new industrial hemp research program in the state.

Ms. Branscum is a graduate of Auburn University and received post-graduate degrees at the University of Kentucky.  She is a native of Russell Springs, Kentucky and currently lives in Lexington.

Laura Prewitt, Kentucky Horse Park

laura-prewittIn May 2016 The Kentucky Horse Park Commission selected Laura Prewitt to serve as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park. Laura grew up on a farm in Franklin County and as an equestrienne has had a passion for horses her entire life. Laura graduated from the University of Kentucky and served as Director of Operations and then General Manager of Lexington Off-Track Betting, LLC.

Laura most recently served as Executive Director of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Festival, where she organized, directed and supervised the week-long event.

She resides on a farm near the Horse Park with her husband Ted, son, Carter (18) and daughter, Caroline (15)