Emerge Kentucky Testimonials

Emerge Kentucky Testimonials

Emerge Kentucky is one of the most comprehensive leadership programs you will find. The knowledge and skills acquired can be used throughout life. It is critical that KY women participate so all voices are heard in our public policy arena.

-Kentucky State Rep. Rita Smart
Emerge Kentucky Class of 2010

 As Kentucky's only female statewide elected official, I know firsthand the unique challenges women face when seeking public office.  Emerge Kentucky is an important tool in the fight to ensure women's voices are heard across the Commonwealth. I applaud their commitment and dedication to engaging women in the democratic process.

-Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky Secretary of State
Emerge Kentucky Advisory Board 

Emerge Kentucky gave me the knowledge, confidence, and skills I needed to run for State Representative. The network of Emerge alumni and supporters was invaluable during my campaign and I had women across the state I could reach out to for fundraising, volunteers, and encouragement. I am proud to be an alumna of Emerge Kentucky and the work Emerge is doing to give Kentucky women the seat at the table they deserve.

-Audrey Haydon, 2014 Candidate for Kentucky House
Emerge Kentucky Class of 2012 

Emerge has been invaluable to Kentucky by recruiting and training qualified, capable, and compelling candidates for public service. Graduates of this  program are poised to lead their communities and make our commonwealth stronger. They're driven to action and are ready to win.”

Rep. Rocky Atkins, Majority Leader
Kentucky House of Representatives

The importance of the Emerge program in developing the next generation of Kentucky leadership cannot be overstated. We need new leaders in order to solve old problems and Emerge is nothing if not a factory of new leadership.

-Adam Edelen, former Kentucky State Auditor


Emerge KY is a crucial part of ensuring that our democratic process is accessible to women who want to make a difference. The program provides the essential tools, encouragement and support to courageous women ready to take the leap into political office. I am grateful for the opportunity to have met such impressive women and for all that Emerge KY has taught me.

-Nirupama Kulkarni, Founder & Managing Attorney, Indus Law Firm, PLLC
Emerge Kentucky Class of 2012 

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