1500 Bull Lea
Suite 214A
Lexington KY 40511
Contact Information
Address 1500 Bull Lea
Suite 214A
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone (859) 243-5551
Fax 859 243-5553
Contact Name Carol Siler
At A Glance
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Check; donations on website
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
Mission:  to create opportunities for women to lead, learn, achieve and give back to their communities.
Background Statement
Established in 1999 as a small business; in 2004, it was registered as 501c3 by a group of women and men who believed in the mission and set about finding the resources to create Women Leading Kentucky.
Impact Statement
2014 Accomplishments:  (1)More than $135,000 awarded to young women in Kentucky colleges/universities since 2001; (2)100% Board participation in scholarship fund; (3)Annual review of strategic plan with entire Board involved; (4)Implemented new program Networking After Hours (5) Worked with board to develop new sponsor package
Goals for 2015:  (1)Continue to develop Networking After Hours network for outreach and fund-raising; (2)Expand program outreach to Richmond; (3)Explore new revenue streams (4) Grow sponsorship through new sponsorship program
Needs Statement
Needs:  (1)Greater program outreach to rural parts of state; (2)Alternative sources of revenue for operations and scholarships. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement
I became Executive Director in September 2013. My background is in nonprofit development.  My passion for working with and empowering women led me to Women Leading Kentucky because the mission to provide opportunities where women could lead, learn, achieve and give back to their communities is powerful and important. Through our networking opportunities women  enhance their self-esteem, learn to work with other women, network with men and women, and get the education they needed to establish themselves as leaders in their communities. Community support has been extraordinary.  For nine years, Chase Bank contributed significant funds (up to $35K per year) but in 2008, their giving criteria changed and we continue every effort to make up for this loss. Our current presenting sponsor is Toyota MMF Kentucky. Other major support comes from Baptist Health, KEMI and Lexington Diagnostic and Open MRI.  We maintain contact with scholarship students and invite them as guests to all programs.  The Board is very committed to our work and contribute time, energy and money to sustain our work.
Board Chair Statement
I am so proud and honored to serve as Chair of this Board and organization. We are lucky to have such a passionate and dedicated Executive Director and Board members.  At present, our challenges have to do with the increasing demand for our programs and the limited funds available.  We are addressing these challenges through our strategic planning process; committee and Board work; and with our Advisory Council of prominent Kentuckians (including former Governor Martha Layne Collins).  The Sustainability Committee and Executive Director together call on existing and potential sponsors, and we are in frequent touch with sponsors who've been with us for many years.  It's not difficult to "sell" Women Leading Kentucky; in fact, over the past three years, many companies have come to us, wanting to get involved and support our efforts.  The economy over the past year and a half has made it difficult to secure the monies needed to grow the organization, but we persevere.  I have sat on many Boards but never experienced the enthusiasm and dedication of our Board. 
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Business and Industry
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Geographic Areas Served
Primarily Central Kentucky but opportunities exist for women across the Commonwealth
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
Women Leading Kentucky seeks to involve women in networking opportunities in order to build self-esteem, enhance employment and educational goals and create relationships within the business community. We are interested in reaching even more women across the state through our excellent programs, particularly women in more rural areas of the state where access to networking opportunities are limited. We also seek to grow our annual conference to serve as the premier statewide women's networking event.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
In order to reach our goal of expanding our reach, we need to actively engage leaders in communities where we see growth opportunity. This would mean a commitment from an organization to sponsor our luncheon. We have a model in place in Frankfort and will hold a similar luncheon this year in Richmond. We have worked with Kentucky State University and Eastern Kentucky University as well as the Kentucky Innovation Network to put this plan into action. For the conference we need to engage community leaders in order promote the event to business women in their area. We can do this through outreach to University entities as well as Chamber of Commerce organizations.
Board Chair
Board Chair Jen Shah
Company Affiliation Dean Dorton Allen Ford
Term Sept 2012 to Aug 2013
Board Members
Nancy Atkins Bluegrass Family Health
Laura Boison US BankVoting
Elisa Bruce Fifth Third BankVoting
Jennifer Burke Crowe HorwathVoting
Victoria Carling American Founders BankVoting
Cliff Feltham Kentucky Utilities/e-onVoting
Kathryn Hansen St. Joseph Health SystemVoting
Janet Steele Holloway Women Leading KentuckyVoting
Michele Landers KY Employers Mutual Insurance (KEMI)Voting
Betsy Nowland-Curry Curry Consulting GroupVoting
Amber Philpott WKYT-TVVoting
Nawanna Privett KY Department of EducationVoting
Jen Shah Dean Dorton FordVoting
Ann Smith U.K. HealthCareVoting
Valeria Swope Kentucky Department of FinanceVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 19
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 40%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
Linda Allin The Asphalt Institute
Former Governor Martha Layne Collins KY World Trade Center
Kathy Edwards Lexmark International, Inc.
Ellen Gregory Midway College
Paula Hanson Dean Dorton Ford, CPA's
Nana Lampton American Life & Accident Insurance of KY
Glenn Leveridge Central Bank
Ann McBrayer Kentucky Eagle, Inc.
Lillian Press The Women's Network
Paige Shumate Short 4 Tigers
Elizabeth Thompson Stites & Harbison
Dr. Thelma White Elizabethtown Community & Technical College
Jenny Whitis KY Employers Mutual Insurance (KEMI)
Isabel Yates community volunteer
CEO Comments
The challenge has to be that everyone is so busy and taking time for Board and Committee meetings is difficult.  The Board members, however, are dedicated to our work and we often try to link them into meetings via telephone.  We also hold Board meetings at lunch time to accomodate busy schedules.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Janet Holloway
Term Start Oct 1999
Email jhollow@womenleadingky.com
KY State Director of Small Business Development Centers
NJ State Director of Small Business Development Centers
Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare, State University of NY
Training Director, Adelphi University
Training Director, City of New York
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 15
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
CEO Comments
While we have an internal succession plan (covering bank info, contract filing, etc), we do not have a written succession plan for the Executive Director other than being aware of women who might replace E.D. in future.
A one-day conference with 3 nationally-known keynotes; exhibitors and vendors; awards luncheon
Budget 50000
Population Served , ,
A series of 6-8 Roundtables, held at lunch-time, with prominent Kentuckians as speakers; opportunities for meeting other professionals, learning what's happening in the community.
Budget 25000
Population Served , ,
Criteria for scholarship winners include 3.0 or better GPA; demonstrated leadership in community or on campus; essay describing their leadership goals and abilities; and enrollment as freshman, sophomore or junior.  Direct contact with all institutions of higher education in Kentucky as well as online information promote the availability of these awards.  Winners attend a Reception where they meet their corporate sponsors and Women Leading Kentucky Board members.  Checks are sent to the schools where these young women attend.
Budget 15000
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Females, Adults, General/Unspecified
This program is inspired by former governor Martha Layne Collins, Kentucky's first and only female governor.  Nominations are made from throughout the Commonwealth of women who have contributed to Kentucky's improvement through their leadership, forward thinking and community service.  The purpose is to recognize women role models.
Budget 10000
Population Served , ,
Two board members serve as mentors for the Young Professionals' group and assist them in setting up after-work networking events and pursuing their community projects.
Budget 10000
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Challenges:  expanding our outreach to a younger, more diverse group of women.   The formation of the Young Professional Ambassadors group has engaged 25 young women in early stages of their career.  We anticipate that this program will strengthen our diversity goal considerably within the next year.
Challenge:  outreach to Eastern Kentucky women.  We are working with two or three other leadeship groups in Eastern Kentucky to arrange co-sponsored events, and we will be addressing the statewide Kentucky Women in Agriculture conference this year.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2012
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01, 2012
Fiscal Year End Aug 31, 2013
Projected Revenue $164,000.00
Projected Expenses $175,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201220112010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$86,896$88,741$89,482
Investment Income, Net of Losses$249$600$1,749
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense--$113,212$80,600
Administration Expense--$45,000$80,000
Fundraising Expense--$38,418$14,099
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.900.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses0%58%46%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%22%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$177,980$175,304$194,482
Current Assets$177,261$174,220$194,482
Long-Term Liabilities----$0
Current Liabilities----$0
Total Net Assets$177,980$175,304$194,482
Form 990s
2013 Form 990
2012 2012 990EZ
2011 2011 990EZ
2010 990EZ
2009 990
2008 990
2007 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
While contributions/sponsorships are down somewhat, we have sufficient cash flow to carry us through the year.  We have $118,000 in savings. 
Address 1500 Bull Lea
Suite 214A
Lexington, KY 40511
Primary Phone 859 243-5551
Contact Email carol@womenleadingky.com
CEO/Executive Director Janet Holloway
Board Chair Jen Shah
Board Chair Company Affiliation Dean Dorton Allen Ford