The conference will begin on April 26 at the East Kentucky Expo Center and will include discussions on health issues, mountaintop removal and the candidates for governor.
On Thursday, April 26, sessions will include "Your Invitation to the World of Wellness" from 9 a.m. until noon and a youth leadership seminar entitled "Making a Difference Today" will take place from 1:30 until 4 p.m. Keynote speaker Dr. Grady Stumbo will address attendees while reviewing the history of the conference and the awards showcase, honoring outstanding leaders in the region.
Sessions on the following Friday will be held at the Pikeville College's Booth Auditorium at 8 a.m. and conclude at the Pikeville City Park with a gubernatorial candidates' forum at 1 p.m.
Other sessions including a "Town Hall Meeting on the Health of Our Region: Why are Eastern Kentuckians Sicker than the rest of the State?" will feature a panel of leading health experts from throughout the state. A free health screening will be conducted by the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine and Pikeville College's Elizabeth Akers Elliot Nursing Program.
Also, 20 outstanding leaders in the region's history will be honored during the conference. According to Bill Weinberg, chairman of the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation Board, the board wants to increase knowledge about leaders whose lives have had a significant impact.
"We have no illusion that we can name the 20 outstanding leaders in our region's history," said Weinberg. "There are likely hundreds of people who could be included on the list."
In addition to honoring these 20 individuals, the leadership foundation will also honor several outstanding contemporary leaders in the fields of public individual, private individual, organization, culture/arts and media on Thursday evening at the Expo Center.
Registration for the conference is $30 and will be accepted on both days of the conference.