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OUR MISSION: To inspire students to explore the opportunities at UK through connecting with new people, experiences, and interests in an effort to make a real-world impact.


The Leadership Exchange and the Violence Intervention Prevention (VIP) Center work together to deliver the EMPOWER: Women’s Leadership Retreat. This retreat gives students the opportunity to discover their strengths, refine their leadership skills, complete a high ropes course challenge, network with other leaders, and be empowered as a woman.

EMPOWER is offered every Fall semester and is open to any UK student that identifies as female. All classifications, majors and levels of leadership are welcomed. The retreat is an application based program and participants must apply and be selected. The 2015 retreat will be held October 9-11, 2015 and will be held at Cedarmore Camp & Conference Center in Baghdad, KY. The retreat is FREE for students, and transportation, meals, lodging and other goodies are all included! Applications will be available on August 21, 2015. We will be hosting an EMPOWER Info Session for those who want to find out more during K Week on Sunday, August 23rd, 6:30-7:30 pm.

Once participants return from the retreat, there are monthly meetings as a large group to continue leadership training and building connections with other retreat participants. Participants will also meet with their Student Facilitator from the retreat throughout the year to encourage mentorship. Student Facilitators lead small groups at the retreat and are selected from our previous EMPOWER group each year.

For questions or more information, please contact Leslie Pedigo at or 859.257.3005.