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'We have a big voice': Women's Summit seeks to open doors for women at all stages of their careers

Josh James

The fourth annual Women’s Summit – held Wednesday in Lexington – not only highlighted success stories of women in a variety of career fields.

"People set people-pleasing deadlines instead of realistic deadlines," Vitale & Company CEO Vitale Buford Hardin tells the crowd.

Hundreds of attendees – women and men – sit in a large convention hall bathed in blue lighting as they listen to a presentation on the pitfalls of perfectionism. It’s just one of several offerings at the Kentucky Chamber’s Women’s Summit.

"It really runs the gamut," says Jacqueline Pitts, the chamber’s Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing.

Growth and networking are key words at the event, and not just because the summit itself is growing every year, topping 700 people this time around. Pitts says organizers took the advice of virtually all the presenters and created more chances to meet and talk after the daylong event.

"We also have a networking reception at the end now, so that's great, and today — this is the first time we're doing this — we have professional headshots that are getting for free," Pitts says.

Wednesday, summit-goers heard from the owner of Crank & Boom, Toa Green, Woodford Reserve’s first female master distiller, Elizabeth McCall, and KET's Renee Shaw, among others.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.