Fall Ball honoree

BPW-Oldham Co. names Leaton
2006 ‘Woman of Achievement’

She will be recognized at the Nov. 11 event in Louisville

Staff Report

Karen Leaton has been named the 2006 BPW-Oldham County Woman of Achievement, according to Beverly McCombs, president of Business Professional Women-Oldham County, which sponsors the annual award recognizing outstanding women in the community. The award will be officially presented to Leaton at the chapter’s ninth annual Fall Ball on Nov. 11 at Galt House East in Louisville.

Karen Leaton

Photo provided

Karen Leaton will be honored at the
Nov. 11 Fall Ball for her
entrepreneurship and volunteerism.

“We are delighted that Karen was chosen this year,” McCombs said. “She is such an inspiration for other young women, as an entrepreneur and business owner as well as a spirited volunteer and mentor in the community.”
In 2005, Leaton launched a highly successful small business in Oldham County called HeavenlyScent Cleaning, based in Buckner. Her entire career has been one of entrepreneurial thinking.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Leaton graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing and was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps upon graduation in 1991.
Her first naval assignment was at the National Naval Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She developed key skills at the National Institute of Health’s Cancer Research Center that later allowed her to specialize in cancer research, including such medical pioneering areas as bone marrow transplantation.
Leaton and her husband moved to Louisville when she was asked to coordinate the formation and launch of a Lung Cancer Program and the first lung cancer screening study in the United States at Jewish Hospital’s Heart and Lung Institute.
She continued her career in cancer research at the Kentuckiana Cancer Institute as the Clinical Research Coordinator, where she facilitated dozens of clinical trials. Her work in clinical cancer research was published four times, and in 2000 she was invited to become a Guest Faculty member at Bellarmine College in the Department of Biology.
In 2002, Leaton turned her many skills to raising her three children, although she continued her nursing career in a part-time capacity. She also maintains an active schedule in mentoring and volunteering in classrooms with young students. In addition, she has been an assistant squad leader for American Heritage Girls which teaches the value of family, to honor country and service to the community.
Leaton has also maintained her active interest in sports by volunteering as a coach for girls fast-pitch softball for many years. She also was an assistant coach of the 2005 North Oldham All-Star team, which successfully made it to the Kentucky state Little League Championship, where they placed second.
While still working as a nurse in 2001, Leaton launched her first entrepreneurial effort as an independent sales consultant with the Longaberger Co., where she was routinely in the top sales spots in her division. Her new business, HeavenlyScent Cleaning, came from a kindly gesture: she helped a neighbor in need.
While the neighbor was recovering from a knee injury, Leaton volunteered to clean her house during her time of recovery. This unfortunate event soon launched a business idea, to provide professional house cleaning services, and HeavenlyScent Cleaning was born. Within six weeks, she had grown the business enough to hire her first employee. Within six months, she had four employees. The business is now sustainable and debt-free, has six employees and a newly opened office in Buckner.
“Karen is truly a remarkable woman who has brought such enthusiasm and a range of experiences to Oldham County, ” said McCombs. “She reminds us it is the busy women who always get things done; they can always take on one more task for the good of business and our community.”
Qualifications for the Woman of Achievement Award include significant contributions to the BPW Federation objectives including leadership in church, local, state or national civic programs, mentoring other women in their career advancement and exceptional guidance to youth and young women. The recipient is selected by a panel of members from other BPW chapters.
This year’s Fall Ball, themed “A Classic Affair,” begins at 6:30 p.m. and will benefit the Oldham County Public Library. The theme was chosen to honor classic literature, said chairwoman Kay Webb. 84 WHAS weatherman Ken Schulz will serve as the emcee. Music will be provided by Inferno. Both silent and live auction items will be in play during the evening.
Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by contacting Kay Webb at (502) 243-8818.
BPW-Oldham County is part of BPW-USA, a national organization that has served as an advocate for working women since 1919. BPW-Oldham County meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at The Bank Oldham County, Crestwood, Ky., and visitors are always welcome.

• For more information, visit the BPW website at: www.bpwoldhamco.org.

Back to October 2006 Articles.



Copyright 1999-2015, Kentuckiana Publishing, Inc.

Pick-Up Locations Subscribe Staff Advertise Contact Submit A Story Our Advertisers Columnists Archive Area Links Area Events Search our Site Home Monthly Articles Calendar of Events Kentucky Speedway Madison Chautauqua Madison Ribberfest Madison Regatta