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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.


Leadership exchange provides Kentucky students with the EMPOWER: Women’s Leadership Program. This program gives students the opportunity to discover their strengths, refine their leadership skills, participate in challenging and enlightening activities, network with other leaders, and be empowered as a woman. EMPOWER starts every fall semester and is open to any UK student that identifies as a woman. All classifications, majors and levels of leadership are welcome. The retreat is an application-based program and participants must apply and be selected. The 2016 retreat will be held September 30- October 2nd, 2016 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! 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 give participants a mentor through the EMPOWER program. 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 Sarah Donaldson at


Participation Application Available: Friday, August 19th

K Week Information Session: August 21st, 6:30-7:30 pm

Participant Application Due: September 9th

Participant Mix & Mingle: September 11th, 2-4 pm

Participant Selection: Week of 12th-16th

Participants Notified: September 23rd

Pre-Retreat Meeting: TBD

Student Facilitator Coffee Dates: TBD

Retreat: September 30- October 2nd

Monthly Meetings: TBD 

Date for Fall 2017: TBD