Leadership Kentucky Names President

Janice Sword Way, a graduate of the 1987 Leadership Kentucky program has been named as the new President of Leadership Kentucky. Since 1984, Leadership Kentucky has been devoted to motivating, promoting, and advancing active and emerging leaders in Kentucky.

Way comes to Leadership Kentucky from St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Northern Kentucky where she was Assistant Vice President of Development. During her 25 years at St. Elizabeth and The St. Luke Hospitals (before the two hospital systems merged), Way served as Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised community and legislative relations and led the St. Luke Community Foundation as Vice President. Earlier in her career, she was a producer and on-air talent for WKYT-TV and Kentucky Educational Television (KET) in Lexington, Kentucky, WYMT-TV in Hazard, Kentucky and WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Way has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce where she chaired numerous committees over the years. She also chairs the Northern Kentucky Board for KET and serves on several regional committees. She was named an Outstanding Woman of Northern Kentucky and won the Walter Pieschel Award from the Northern Kentucky Chamber for her volunteer efforts. She is a certified fundraising executive, having attained her CFRE designation in 2013.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve Leadership Kentucky which is celebrating its 30th year of educating participants about our commonwealth. As an alumna of the program, I understand the valuable insights the program offers, the perspectives shared to help us be more involved in advancing our state, as well as the life-long professional colleagues and personal friends that are gained by participation in the program," says Way. "Leadership Kentucky has approximately 1500 dynamic alumni."

Janice Way, President

Way is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan. Originally from Pikeville, Kentucky, she currently resides in Northern Kentucky.

Among other initiatives, Leadership Kentucky provides a seven-month experience which is transformational for participants, the organizations they represent and sponsors/donors who support the programs. Class members explore challenges and opportunities for Kentucky in the areas of government, business and industry, education, economic development, healthcare, environment and arts/culture.

Leadership Kentucky is now accepting applications for the 2015 Class. More information about Leadership Kentucky can be found on the website at www.leadershipky.org or calling 502-695-1102.