Professional-Amateur Networking Day

On Wednesday, November 16th, the Department of Communication in the College of Communication and Information hosted its third annual Professional-Amateur Networking Day. Students gathered at the Hilary J. Boone Center for a lunch and professional-networking session including panels of established professionals in the Lexington community.


Ms. Carla Blanton, principal of Carla Blanton Consulting, served as the keynote speaker and offered students invaluable advice.  Ms. Blanton reminded students that their first position out of college would likely not be their last one, but that they would have an opportunity to learn and gain portable skills from each position. She also encouraged students to begin networking early in their careers, and try to continue to maintain ties. Blanton ended her keynote address by reminding students the importance of remaining humble throughout the networking process.

Students were then able to break off into panel discussions with professionals in the Lexington community. Featured alumni and friends of the College included:

Twany Beckham, Wellness Director, Kentucky Employees Health Plan
Samantha Brown, Rubbermaid (Atlanta)
Jarrod Carnahan, Marketing Analyst, Appriss, Inc.
Christopher Crummrine, Office of the President, University of Kentucky
Mike Dominick, Media Director, Cornet
Heather Hadi, Attorney at Law, Heather Hadi Law Office
Townsend Miller, Development Director, Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass
Stinson Miller, Workplace Banking Business Development Officer, PNC Bank
Kathryn Minton, Interim President, Downtown Lexington Corporation
Kaelyn Query, President and Founder, LexEffect
Kyle Scott, Owner, Revived Productions, LLC
Tyler White, 6th Congressional Office Staff
Elijah Zimmerman, Print Account Manager, Zipie




The alumni who participated also enjoyed connecting with the campus and community speakers. Mike Dominick, Media Director of Cornett, remarked, “It was inspiring for me to hear the passion from all the other speakers and the insights they had as well.” The Department of Communication’s Professional-Amateur Networking Day is supported by donor contributions to the Communication Fund for Excellence. Students and faculty members are extremely grateful for the support they receive from alumni and friends of the College of Communication and Information to prepare students for the workforce after their education at The University of Kentucky.