Governor's Office of Minority Empowerment

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 10, 2005  
Contact Information:  Carla Blanton, Michael Goins, Jodi Whitaker

Participants will explore career opportunities to fulfill their potential for success

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher will deliver the keynote address at the first Governor’s Empowerment Conference, which will be August 26 at The Galt House in Louisville.

The free conference, sponsored by the Governor's Office of Minority Empowerment, will assist participants with fulfilling their potential for success and seeking career opportunities with the state.

“Kentucky has a wealth of opportunities available to everyone,” said Tierra Kavanaugh Turner, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment. “It is our hope that, through this conference, we can assist participants with not only realizing those opportunities, but seizing them.”

Governor Fletcher will deliver the keynote address at the afternoon session of the all-day conference. The morning session will feature Metro Louisville Councilman Kelly Downard as its guest speaker.

Guests will have the opportunity to attend eight different workshops, four in each session. The morning empowerment session will include discussions on such topics as Introduction to Business Planning and Support; Obesity and Diabetes; Obesity and Heart Disease and Obtaining Capital for Small Business.

In the afternoon empowerment session, the workshop topics will be Making Homeownership a Reality; Understanding Cultural Differences; Personal Financial Management and Employment Opportunities within State Government.

The Office of Minority Empowerment was created by Governor Fletcher in March 2004. Its mission is to ensure that all minorities receive equal opportunity to be empowered in the areas of economic development, education, health care, housing, government services and criminal justice matters.

The conference is free for all who attend; however, attendees must pre-register. On-site registration will not be available. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. the day of the conference, with the program beginning at 8 a.m. For more information or to register, please visit or call (502) 564-2611 ext. 370.