Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Receives KCCE Excellence Award for its “EmpowerHER Conference”

Published Thursday, October 22, 2020 10:00 am

The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce was recently recognized with a state Excellence Award for a Special Event by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE). The Paducah Chamber’s EmpowerHer Conference, held in November 2019, won as top event in the Special Events Category in Group V, which is the category for the largest Chambers in the state.  

The annual awards are presented based on size and budget for Chambers and the Paducah Chamber competes in the largest category which includes the chambers in Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green and Northern Kentucky.  

Each year, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE) presents the KCCE Annual Excellence Awards which honors local chambers throughout the Commonwealth in a variety of areas including special events. 

The Paducah Chamber hosted its EmpowerHer Conference at the Julian Carroll Convention Center in November 2019. The presenting sponsor was Strawberry Hills Pharmacy. The conference featured keynote speaker Ouita Michel, a successful businesswoman, entrepreneur and Top Chef Celebrity Judge. Michel shared stories about her life in business that has developed into ownership of eight restaurants in Central Kentucky. The day's event also featured an intimate conversation with Michel and Paducah's own Top Chef runner-up and freight house owner Sara Bradley about a variety of topics including the importance of women supporting other women. There were breakout sessions on business and health issues and a group session on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion. 

Following the day’s events, participants could add-on a Private Multi-Course Dinner Option featuring creations from Chefs Ouita Michel and Sara Bradley at the freight house. 

“It was such an inspiring day,” said Chamber President Sandra Wilson, “and we are thrilled to be recognized by KCCE for our first women’s conference and sold-out special dinner at the freight house.” 

The Paducah Chamber is the region’s largest business advocacy organization. The Paducah Chamber was twice awarded the Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) in 2011 and 2017 and is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Learn more at

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