July PIP to feature KY Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey and Salute to local non-profits

Published Friday, June 22, 2018 9:00 am

Derrick Ramsey, Secretary of the KY Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, will be the featured speaker for the July Power in Partnership monthly breakfast of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.  The breakfast will be held on July 12 at 7:30 a.m. at the Julian Carroll Convention Center.  This is one week later than usual for the Chamber Breakfast due to the 4th of July holiday week.  Peel & Holland is the sponsor.

The breakfast will also feature local non-profit health and human service organizations that will have displays and be recognized at the event.  Leadership Paducah Class #31 will present the funds from their class project to the Columbia Theatre.   

Secretary Derrick Ramsey has decades of experience working in Kentucky’s higher education system. He began his career as a Community Relations Officer at the University of Kentucky before becoming Athletic Director at Kentucky State University, where he developed the Student Athlete Excellence in Academics program.  Under his leadership, Kentucky State athletics produced more Presidential Scholars than any other school department. Secretary Ramsey also served for seven years as the Director of Athletics for Coppin State University in Baltimore. 

Most recently, Ramsey served as the Secretary of the Labor Cabinet under Gov. Bevin, where he was responsible for administering worker compensation and workplace standard laws for 1.9 million Kentucky workers and employers. Ramsey emphasized workplace safety education and helped to streamline and modernize the state’s litigation management system for workers’ claims. Ramsey also revived Kentucky’s Registered Apprenticeship Program to better recruit and train the next generation of workers. Over 1,000 Kentucky employers have joined the program, which offers paid on-the-job training for participants. 

Ramsey is also an accomplished athlete and was the first African-American starting quarterback for the University of Kentucky football team. His athletic abilities vaulted him to a nine-year career in the NFL, which included a Super Bowl championship in 1981.  

Below are the details of the breakfast:

When: Thursday, July 12, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Note: this is one week later than usual.   

Where: Julian M. Carroll Convention Center, Ohio Room

Speaker: Derrick Ramsey, Secretary of the KY Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

Special Recognition:  Salute to Non-Profit Health and Human Service Organizations and Leadership Paducah Class #31 will present proceeds from their class project to the Columbia Theatre

Sponsor:  Peel & Holland

Cost: $15 for members; $25 for non-members


If you are not a Power Card holder, please make your reservations by Tuesday, July 10, at noon to paducahchamber.org, 270-443-1746 or info@paducahchamber.org

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