Promoting Business

Oldham County Chamber
to honor women in business

March 29 luncheon will feature speakers and awards

LA GRANGE, Ky. (March 2018) – Women in the workplace, women entrepreneurs and all women who work to help improve life in Oldham County, Ky., will be honored at the 2018 Celebration of Women, set for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29, at City Place Pavilion 2 in La Grange. The event is organized by the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce.
The event will include the presentation of the Tony Cotten Woman of Distinction award, which will go to one local woman deemed to possess a commitment to the community, a spirit of entrepreneurship and loyalty to family – qualities that were embodied by Cotten, who served on the Celebration of Women board and was a former publisher of The Oldham Era. Cotten died in 2013 after a brief battle with cancer.

Jania Bailey

Last year’s winner was Joyce Fletcher for her involvement as a volunteer in the community, including several terms on the Oldham County School Board, as well as her work with the Oldham County Community Foundation and at her church, St. John United Methodist.
David Bizianes, the chamber’s executive director, said this year’s event will again feature a panel discussion, moderated by Nancy Theiss, executive director of the Oldham County Historical Society.
Panelists will be Virginia Hamilton Snell of Oldham County and Jania Bailey and Catherine Jones Kung, both of Louisville.
Snell, a partner with the Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs law firm and a nationally known appellate lawyer, recently was the first woman to be named “No. 1 Lawyer in Kentucky” by Super Lawyers for 2018.
She is a former president and current vice president of the Oldham County Library board of directors and an avid supporter of the History Center in La Grange. She and her husband, Bob Brown, own and operate Mockernut Farm on U.S. 42.
Bailey, who has worked in the banking industry for 25 years, is president and chief operating officer of FranNet, a leading franchise consulting service. Additionally, she is a board member for the International Franchise Association and serves on its membership committee.
Bailey also is the author of the book, “Thriving – The Journey to Success in the Business World,” published in 1997.
Kung, a model, makeup artist, and a fashion and jewelry designer, is founder of The Southern Gloss, a website through which she works to “encourage empowerment through creativity and style,” according to her online biography.
The panel will answer questions from Theiss, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience, Bizianes said.
The Tablescapes awards also will return to the event, he said. This year’s theme is “Super Women in Business.”

• Tickets are $30 each or $50 for two, and Tabletop Sponsorships are still available. For more information, contact Destiny McCauley at the chamber, (502) 222-1635, or send an email to dmccauley@oldhamcountychamber.com.

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