Tuesday, December 17th
Pecha Kucha Louisville Volume 13 is focused on our future and is being curated by Vision Louisville. Pecha Kucha Louisville returns to 21c Museum Hotel for this upcoming event. We have a great lineup of participants who will share different facets of our communities aspirations and ideas on our cities future from health care to transportation to economic development and more.
What began with in August 2012, Vision Louisville ihas become a community process to guide the future look, feel and flow of Louisville for the next 25 years. As one of the hundreds of changing American cities, Louisville has an opportunity to learn from its past and present in order to shape its future. Vision Louisville will help create a strategic framework of major goals and projects to shape the built environment throughout the entire community. Over 80,000 ideas were collected this summer; and, from these "visions" values, assets, goals and projects were identified. Now the focus shifts to bringing these dreams to reality.
Join us on December 17th for what is shaping up to be another great event. To join the conversation on Vision Louisville in our community visit facebook.com/VisionLouisville, VisionLouisville.com or on Twitter @VisionLVille #visionlou.
Pecha Kucha Night Louisville Vol13 Presenters:
Mayor Greg Fischer
Greg Fischer was born in Louisville on January 14, 1958. He is an entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist and was elected Louisville’s 50th Mayor on November 2, 2010.
He graduated from Trinity High School and majored in Economics at Vanderbilt University. He was a founder of SerVend International, Iceberg Ventures, and a co-founder of bCatalyst, the first business accelerator in Louisville.
He has served on numerous nonprofit boards with current roles on the University of Louisville Board of Overseers and the Waterfront Development Corp.
Jeff O'Brien is the project manager for Vision Louisville – the exciting endeavor that plots the next 25 years for Louisville. Jeff is a city planner transplanted from the urban oasis known as Iowa. He earned his Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa. Before coming to Louisville, he was working in the suburbs of Chicago. Jeff's wife, Gina, originally hales from Louisville. They came home to raise their daughter Taylor.
Sandra E. Brooks, MD, MBA
Dr. Brooks is System Vice President of Research and Prevention with Norton Healthcare. She leads strategic and programmatic research, prevention and wellness activities for Norton Healthcare and leads the Norton Healthcare Centers for Prevention and Wellness service line. She also leads major externally funded initiatives focused on health equity. Educated at Howard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Johns Hopkins, Dr. Brooks was previously director of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Maryland and is full Professor, volunteer faculty at UK College of Public Health. Dr. Brooks received the Excellence in Community Service award in 2011.
S. Brandon Coan
S. Brandon Coan has been involved with city affairs since serving on the 1997 Arena Committee, at age 16. His idea at the time was to build a downtown, NBA-ready arena combined with a Muhammad Ali museum and called the Muhammad Ali Center. Close enough. Brandon has since worked on early planning for The Parklands of Floyds Fork and as an advisor to Mayor Greg Fischer. He is currently involved with Brightside, Louisville Public Media, the Kentucky School of Art, Louisville Grows and the Thomas Edison House.
Brandon practices law at Tachau Meek PLC.
Mary Gwen Wheeler
Mary Gwen Wheeler is the Executive Director of 55,000 Degrees, a multi-sector public-private partnership dedicated to increasing education attainment in Louisville. Previously, she served as the Mayor’s Sr. Advisor for Education and Youth for Louisville Metro Government, leading policy development and implementation of education and youth initiatives. In Jerry Abramson’s first term as Metro Mayor, she served as Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. In 2010, Wheeler was also appointed by Governor Beshear to the Kentucky Board of Education. She holds a B.A. in American Studies and a Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale University.
Cliff Ashburner is a land use/environmental lawyer in the Louisville office of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, and led the Energy Team for Phase II of Vision Louisville. Cliff is a member of the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Chapter of the United States Green Building Council and a Member of the Board of the Center for Renewable Energy Research and Environmental Stewardship. Husband, father of three, Kentucky Colonel and Duke of Hazard.
Cathe Dykstra has a B.A. in Economics from Wake Forest University, with banking and financial experience and over 20 years of experience in social work with the goal of assisting special populations through innovative approaches to attaining and maintaining self-sufficiency. Ms. Dykstra is committed to promoting the importance of education as an asset that appreciates over time and provides long-term self-sufficiency through career-track employment.