MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University hosted the Leadership Launch Women’s Conference on Feb. 22 in the Curris Center.

This all-day professional development event provided information and inspiration pertaining to leadership skills in women’s careers and personal lives. It was sponsored by Murray State University, Murray State Town & Gown Partnership, Murray State Women’s Center, Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce, Murray Woman’s Club and LG&E- KU.

Carol Brunn, coordinator for Town & Gown and special projects in Murray State’s office of development, said the hope was to have 125 attendees at the conference. The event ended up exceeding 140 attendees.

Michelle Bundren of the Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce said, “We were happy to partner with Murray State University to help host this event as an extension of the Chamber’s efforts to encourage and develop the many women in business in our community. We felt the event was a success and look forward to future partnerships around this endeavor.”

This was the third year that Murray State has sponsored the Leadership Launch Women’s Conference. However, this was the first year that Murray State saw an opportunity to combine three events into a one-day conference.

“This year we chose to combine our quarterly Town & Gown President’s Breakfast, the annual Celebrate Women Luncheon and the Leadership Women’s Conference into one big day,” said Brunn. “Combining these three events allowed us to offer women in our region access to a renowned group of speakers while bringing attention to the importance of women in leadership roles. Part of Town & Gown’s mission is to increase the quality of living and learning in our community, and I believe it is through the support of conferences like this that we accomplish this goal.”

The conference did not only have attendees from Murray but also the surrounding communities of Paducah, Benton, Mayfield and Owensboro.

“The response from the attendees has been extremely positive,” said Brunn.

“The goal of the Celebrate Women luncheon has always been to celebrate the amazing contributions women make to our campus and community,” said Abigail French, coordinator of the Women’s Center and Educational Programming. “By pairing this event with other great initiatives on campus, we were able to do that on a grander scale this year. And better yet, those partnerships have led to the opportunity to collaborate further to bring future events to the campus and community.”

Dr. Lou Tillson of Murray State University’s Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business addresses attendees at the Leadership Launch Women’s Conference, hosted by Murray State on Feb. 22 in the Curris Center.
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