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Commerce Lexington celebrates 2020-21 Leadership Lexington graduates

Graduates from the 2020-21 Leadership Lexington program

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Commerce Lexington Inc. is proud to celebrate the latest class of graduates from the 2020-21 Leadership Lexington program.  Since 1979, this nationally recognized leadership development program has been cultivating Lexington leaders, producing more than 1,600 graduates from this highly informative, educational, and results-oriented leadership development program.

Each class of Leadership Lexington engages in difficult conversations, issues and topics as participants learn more about themselves and others, as well as the community. However, this year’s class also had to face the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ever-evolving safety protocols, and constant changes between in-person sessions when allowed and virtual sessions when required.

First presented in 1998, the Leadership Lexington Distinguished Leader Award annually recognizes the class member who demonstrates strong principles and dedication to the concept of community service.  This year’s award recipient was Timothy Johnson, president and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass. He was a co-project leader for the Lexington Forward project, which worked to improve nonprofit success by providing their leadership with the tools necessary to address unique challenges.

Leadership Lexington class members closed out the 2020-21 program with Reflection and Graduation Day Session on June 10, featuring a workshop led by Jason Cummins entitled “Building a Learning Organization,” an after-action review where participants provided feedback about the program, class projects, and a graduation ceremony held later at Lexington Children’s Theatre. To end the day, the new program graduates were invited to attend the Leadership Lexington Alumni Association’s Annual Celebration at Limestone Hall.


  • Leidy Borges-Gonzalez
    Community Action Council
  • Alice Bowen
    Lexmark International
  • Cynae Carter
    Fayette County Public Schools
  • Lindsey Cheatham
    Kismet Marketing
  • Trisha Clement-Montgomery
    University of Kentucky
  • Sarah Fink
    Keeneland Association
  • Megan George
    Stites & Harbison
  • Timothy Johnson
    United Way of the Bluegrass
  • Kendriana Price
    UK CAFÉ Office of Diversity
  • Clayton Roberts
    Lexington Police
  • Andrea Schroeder
    Delta Gas
  • Brittany Scordo
    Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office
  • Judy Simpson
    Blue & Co.
  • Leslie Smart
    CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations
  • Maxwell Smith
    Ward, Hocker & Thornton, PLLC
  • Paige Halpin-Smith
    Lexington Public Library
  • Erin Soard
    Traditional Bank
  • Veda Stewart
    Kentucky Department of Education
  • Tamika Tompoulidis
    University of Kentucky
  • Chad Traylor
    Lexington Fire Department
  • Shawn Umbrell
    University of Kentucky
  • Eliza van Dissel
    The Cloudveil
  • Michael Vatti
    Lexmark International, Inc.
  • Kyle Virgin
    Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP
  • Melody Westerfield
    Fayette County Public Schools

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