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GLIDE 2020: WEST END presented by Stoll Keenon Ogden

This year, we’re looking inward with GLIDE WEST END Presented by Stoll Keenon Ogden, and to have real change, we must have all voices at the table. Learn, explore, and engage in the west end as we discuss economic development and workforce realities and opportunities, encourage courageous conversations around equity, and create a catalyst for lasting change in our region.

While we are excited about the opportunity that GLIDE WEST END is providing, there are certain changes that will reflect the times we are currently living in due to COVID-19:

  • Masks sponsored by Norton Healthcare: GLIDE attendees will be required to wear masks throughout the trip. We will even have fashionable ones for attendees on the first day!
  • Temperature checks: All attendees will be screened with a verbal survey about health/exposure and temperature checks upon arrival each morning.
  • Social distancing: We love a good networking opportunity and will be doing so…at least six feet apart. Sessions, networking, and meals will all maintain a safe social distance.
  • Group Transportation: A typical GLIDE trip involves lots of group transportation but, to limit close contact with others, all attendees will drive to/from locations in their own vehicles. We do plan to provide group transportation for a driving tour of west end neighborhoods on Day 1, but will be doing so in a socially distanced way.

If you have specific questions regarding any of the protocols the GLI team has put in place, please reach out to Sydney Doctor

We can’t wait to see everyone on this one-of-a-kind trip.





11:00-11:30 Group arrives at Louisville Central Community Center

11:30-12:00 Lunch provided by Dasha’s Bistro

12:05-12:20 GLIDE 2020 Chair Remarks

  • Purna Veer, President, V-Soft Consulting Group

12:20-12:30 CEO Opening Remarks

  • Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, President & CEO, Greater Louisville Inc.

12:30-1:00 Setting the Stage

  • Alice K. Houston, Founder & Owner, HJI Supply Chain Solutions

1:00-1:45 Understanding the History of Racism in Louisville

  • Alonzo Ramont, Owner and Artistic Director of Redline Performing Arts
  • Lamont Collins, Founder & CEO of Roots 101 African American Museum

1:45-1:55 Break

1:55-2:40 Past, Present, and Future

  • Kevin Fields, President, Louisville Central Community Center
  • Reverend Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson, President & CEO, Molo Village & Senior Pastor, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ

2:40-3:25 Moving Forward

  • Sadiqa Reynolds, President & CEO, Louisville Urban League

3:25-4:10 Housing and Sense of Community

  • Moderator: President David James, Louisville Metro Council President
  • Lori Hudson Flannery, President & CEO, New Directions Housing Corporation
  • Jackie Floyd, Russell Neighborhood Association

4:10-4:25 Break and load buses

4:25-5:30 Driving Tour

5:40-6:00 Travel to dinner

6:00-7:30 Jazz on Jefferson



9:30-10:00 Group Arrives at Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

  • Breakfast provided by Highview Ice Cream & Coffee

10:00-10:15 Message from the Mayor

  • Mayor Fischer, Louisville Metro Government

10:15-11:00 Education and the Movements Towards Equality

  • Diane Porter, JCPS District One School Board
  • Dr. Kish Cumi Price, Director of Educational Policy & Programs, Louisville Urban League
  • Marland Cole, Executive Director, Evolve 502

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-12:00 Working Together: Education and Corporate Partnerships

  • Kym Rice, Principal, JCPS Academies at Shawnee High School
  • Sarah Ballard, Chief Program Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana

12:00-1:00 Lunch provided by Sweet Peaches

1:00-1:45 Innovation in Education

  • Moderator: Diane Porter
  • Robert E. Gunn, Jr., Principal, W.E.B DuBois Academy
  • Ronda Cosby, Principal, Grace James Academy of Excellence

1:45-2:30 Access of HBCUs & Post-Secondary Education

  • Dr. Kevin Cosby, President, Simmons College
  • Dr. OJ Oleka, President, Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges & Universities

2:30-3:15 Wholistic Workforce Programs

  • Moderator: Sara Ehresman, Director, Labor Market Intelligence, KentuckianaWorks
  • Dave Christopher Sr., Executive Director, Russell Tech Incubator/AMPED
  • Ta’Londa Holland, Senior Project Manager, Urban Strategies-Louisville

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30-4:15 Data Dive into Disparity of Healthcare

  • Dr. Sarah Moyer, Chief Health Strategist, Louisville Department of Health & Wellness

4:15-5:00 Healthcare Infrastructure & Investment

  • Dr. Kelly McCants, Acting Director of Norton Institute for Health Equity, Norton Healthcare

5:00-7:00 Cocktail Reception & Group Dinner

  • Dinner provided by Lucretia’s Kitchen



9:30-10:00 Group arrival at St. Stephen Family Life Center

  • Breakfast provided by Highview Ice Cream & Coffee

10:00-10:45 Building Black Wealth: Overview of Black Business Ecosystem

  • Moderator: Lynnett Glass, Louisville Coordinated Community Investment
  • Chris Redd, Innovator in Residence, Render Capital
  • Anthony Smith, Executive Director, Cities United
  • Christina Shadle, Director of Investment, Louisville Urban League

10:45-11:30 West End Business Beginnings, Growth & Retention

  • Moderator: Demetrius Gray, Founder & CEO, WeatherCheck
  • Pam Haines, Owner, Sweet Peaches35
  • Dr. Kwane Watson, CEO, Kare Mobile Dental Care36
  • Scott Koloms, President, FMS

11:30-12:15 Business Attraction in the West End: Build It and They Will Come

  • DeVone Holt, Vice President of External Affairs, Goodwill Industries
  • Johnetta Roberts, Owner, The 40 & 1 Company
  • Evon Smith, President & CEO, OneWest
  • Steve Tarver, President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Louisville

12:15-1:15 Lunch provided by Mattie’s Kitchen & Catering

1:15-2:00 Policy and Criminal Justice

  • Dr. Cherie Dawson-Edwards, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Louisville

2:00-2:45 Crime, Law Enforcement, and Reform

  • Russell Coleman, U.S. Attorney Western Kentucky District
  • Christopher 2x , Game Changers
  • Yvette Gentry, Chief of Louisville Metro Police Department

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-3:45 Where Do We Go From Here?

  • Moderator: Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, President & CEO, GLI
  • Ralph de Chabert, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Inclusion and Global Community Relations Officer, Brown-Forman
  • Cynthia Knapeck, President, Leadership Louisville Center49

3:45-4:30 Small Group Wrap Up Discussions

  • Tom Cox, President, Oliver Group and GLIDE Facilitator


Presenting Sponsor:

Platinum Sponsor:

Bellarmine University



MCM CPAs & Advisors

Norton Healthcare Mask Sponsor

University of Louisville – College of Business

V-Soft Consulting Group Inc.  App Sponsor

Reception Sponsor:

Beam Suntory

Gold Sponsor: 

Frost Brown Todd LLC

Literature Sponsor: 

Paducah Bank & Trust

Silver Sponsors: 

Mulloy Commercial Real Estate

PNC Bank

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Lanyard Sponsor: 

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP

Breakfast Sponsor: 

H2R Consulting LLC

Transportation Sponsor: