Dr. T. Pearse Lyons
is the founder and president of Alltech, a global animal health company that employs more than 1,900 people and has a presence in 113 countries around the world. Alltech, located in the heart of the Bluegrass state, is a global leader in the animal health industry, boasting group sales of more than $400 million. Lyons received the State Export Award for Kentucky and was acknowledged as the leader of one of the top 100 fastest-growing high-tech companies by World Trade Magazine.
Mr. Kris W. Kimel
is the founder and serves as the President of Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation. Mr. Kimel serves as a Partner of NanoRacks LLC. Mr. Kimel is a leader behind the vision and implementation of Kentucky Space a nonprofit enterprise focused on the design, development and application of entrepreneurial and educational space platforms. He is also the founder of the international IdeaFestival (IF) a world-class event that attracts leading and highly ... diverse thinkers from across the nation and around the globe to explore and celebrate innovation, imagination and game-changing ideas.
was born in South Carolina, within listening distance of the sea. A child of activists, she came of age during the civil rights and Black Arts Movements. At Talladega College, nurtured by Hale Woodruff's Amistad murals, Finney began to understand the powerful synergy between art and history. Finney has authored four books of poetry: Head Off & Split
(2011); The World Is Round
(1995); and On Wings Made of Gauze
(1985). The Guy Davenport Endowed Professor in the Department of English at the University of Kentucky, Finney also authored Heartwood
(1997) edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean
South (2007), and co-founded the Affrilachian Poets. Finney's fourth book of poetry,
Head Off & Split was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.
Dr. Ernest Bailey is a professor of veterinary science at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center and coordinator for the USDA Horse Genome collaboration, an international effort by over 100 scientists in 20 countries to define the genome, the DNA sequence, of the domestic horse. With this knowledge, scientists can begin to understand the genetic aspects of equine physiology and disease. Genetic tools have the potential to help researchers find new therapies and treatments for diseases such as laminitis, respiratory diseases, etc.