YP UNITE SUMMIT, presented by PNC BANK
Keynote Speaker: Tim Wise
Author, White Like Me
Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has trained corporate, government, entertainment, media, law enforcement, military, and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. Wise is the author of eight books, including his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son
Q&A with Tim Wise, Moderator: OJ Oleka
President of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU)
Dr. Oleka is passionate about ending generational poverty through educational opportunity and economic mobility and is the co-founder of the AntiRacismKY coalition, a group of Kentuckians working to end any remnant of institutional racism in Kentucky.
Power Story: Diane Medley
Executive Chairman & co-founder of MCM CPAs & Advisors
Diane Medley, Executive Chairman & co-founder of MCM CPAs & Advisors, began life believing she would spend her days as a domestic farm wife in rural Kentucky. She has now been practicing public accounting for over 30 years, has led MCM through several mergers and acquisitions, making the company the largest CPA firm in the region, was the first woman in the region to become Managing Partner in a major accounting firm, and up until she transitioned to Executive Chairman, was one of only three female Managing Partners in the Top 100 firms in the U.S. Medley will share key moments from her life as she pulls from concepts found in “The Power of Comments” by the Health Brothers, which explores why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us—and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work.
Bada$$ YPs Panel: Representative Charles Booker
State Representative Charles Booker grew up in the West End of Louisville, and embodies the struggles facing working people across the country. As a diabetic who has had to ration insulin because of the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs, a Black man who was tear-gassed protesting police violence, and someone who lived part of his life homeless, Rep. Booker has personal experience with many of the deep, systemic crises facing our nation.
After Charles’ statewide experience as a Director for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, using his personal story to connect with folks throughout the Commonwealth, and after seeing teachers, public employees, and miners standing up for themselves, he knew the moment was right to build a coalition from the “Hood to the Holler”. As Founder and President of Hood to the Holler, Rep. Booker is building this new organization to focus on the common bonds so many Kentuckians share and will help regular folks understand the power they have to transform our future.
Bada$$ YPs Panel: John Mittel
President & Co-Founder, Clear/Cut Phocus
Bada$$ YPs Panel: Monalisa Tailor
President of Greater Louisville Medical Society
Bada$$ YPs Panel: Brittany Wilson
Director of Consumer Insights for Kentucky Fried Chicken
Lunchtime Workout: Victoria Staton
Mind, Body, and Skin Wellness Professional
Victoria Staton is a twentysomething, God-fearing wife, dog mom, and serial entrepreneur with a passion for helping others flourish. She owns a high-end wedding and event planning and design company, an online based skincare and nutrition company in partnership with Arbonne International, teaches Zumba independently as a licensed instructor, is a real estate investor with her husband of almost 6 years, and is pursuing additional education in nutrition to expand her knowledge base. She is now pursuing a double diploma to be recognized as a Master Herbalist and Traditional Doctor of Naturopathy, but she is most excited about the knowledge that will be acquired. Her fuel is found in her, why, which is ultimately to help others be victorious in every area of their life. She loves to help others feel and look their best because when you are operating at your optimal level you can conquer the world. Learn more about what she does and how she can assist you at www.victorialstaton.com. Come join us for Zumba, dance away your cares, learn some new moves, and burn come calorie with The Fit Event Lady!
Sports and Leadership Panel: Kelsi Worrell Dahlia
Sports and Leadership Panel: George Davis IV
Louisville City FC Midfielder
Sports and Leadership Panel: Christen Cunningham
Graduate Assistant Coach Louisville Basketball
Named 3 time captain of Samford Men’s Basketball where he joined the 1,000 point club and broke the all time assist record and graduated with a degree in Business before transferring to Louisville for his final season. At UofL Cunningham was named captain of the basketball team in 2018-19 and led the ACC in assists and the Cards to the NCAA tournament. During his stint at Louisville, Christen also obtained his Master’s Degree in Sport Administration. Cunningham went on to play professional basketball in Europe.
He is currently back in Louisville serving as a Graduate Assistant coach on the Louisville Basketball Coaching Staff and working on completing his 2nd master’s degree in Higher Education.
Sports and Leadership Panel: Kendrink Haskins – Moderator
A Louisville native, Kendrick came to WAVE as an editor and has continually elevated his role in the news gathering process as a photojournalist. Covering news events, engineering live shots, and also covering sports events before landing exclusively in the sports department.
Since making the move to sports, Kendrick has won first place for sports highlights in the Kentucky News Photographer Association’s annual contest in 2005, and has covered numerous NCAA basketball and tournament games, The College World Series, Little League World Series, Orange Bowl, Gator Bowl, Music City Bowl, PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup events.
Kendrick is a 1993 graduate of Fern Creek High School, and 1998 Murray State grad.
In his spare time, Kendrick loves hanging out with family and close friends, video games, and playing a variety of sports, mostly basketball. Kendrick joined the WAVE 3 sports staff as the sports photojournalist in May 2004, but has been part of the WAVE family since May 2000.
Breakout Sessions: Kirsten Hawley
Chief Human Resources and Corporate Communications Officer Brown-Forman Corporation
During her career at Brown-Forman, Kirsten has served in a variety of HR roles providing human resource consultation to Brown-Forman’s businesses across North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Global Production, and corporate functions such as Marketing, IT, and Finance. She also spent seven years in the marketing organization as a brand manager for a global liqueur brand.
Breakout Sessions: Lenae Price
Communications & Leadership Coach, Public Speaker, and Employee Relations Consultant