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Networking in a social setting work shop 2015

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The NEPA Process Webinar

The NEPA Process Webinar

When: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 8pm- 10pm

Webinar: The NEPA Process

Video Call: Google Hangouts


Annual Potluck

CKYNSBE Potluck, Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 6-7:30 p.m.

Consolidated Baptist Church. RSVP to or here

Body Language with Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are (September TED Talk)

Amy CuddyBody Language with Amy Cuddy:

Your body language shapes who you are

(September TED Talk)

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Amy Cuddy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions.

“Don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become it.”- Amy Cuddy



Life and Career Development Books/Articles List

Books and Articles to help further your life and career

The Vocational Significance of Black Identity: Cultural Formulation Approach to Career Assessment and Career Counseling

Race is a strong predictor of labor market position. African Americans comprise 11% of the United States (U.S.) labor market, yet they account for 22% of the unemployed. The unemployment rate for African Americans has historically been more than twice that of White Americans (9% vs. 4%, respectively)……for more visit
Can you imagine how your life would change if you had good credit? Imagine the relief – less stress, not worrying about bill collectors calling you at home or at work, and putting an end to your fights with your partner, spouse or children that are caused by not having any money.You would be able to buy things that you needed or wanted, and get a good interest rate for a home or car loan. These are just some of the many benefits of having good credit and using this book can help you get that good credit.

6 time-management tips for frazzled working parents

The elusive goal of “work-life balance” just leads to frustration and guilt, says a veteran female executive. Here’s what worked for her….

Courageous Conversations with Fenella Smith (Toyota Human Resources Representative)

Fenella2 (1)Join us for an exciting topic with Fenella Smith:

Courageous Conversations

Fenella Smith specializes in guiding people to discover their future self.  She works as a specialist in Human Resources  at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) and her current assignment is in Training & Development in Organizational Effectiveness.  Previously, she worked as a staffing specialist during start-up, at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Projects & Planning where she was responsible for quality circles and attended training in Japan, Talent Management specialist at Toyota headquarters in Erlanger, KY where she was responsible for executive development of all Toyota North American presidents, vice presidents and executives.  Fenella is the vice chairperson and founder of TMMK’s only African American business partnering group, Toyota African American’s for Success (TAAS).  The focus of TAAS is leading members to think beyond their current circumstances and work toward success, whatever success means for them.  Most recently, TAAS launched Helping Others Prepare for Employment (HOPE). HOPE’s mission is to establish more methods to attract and maintain underrepresented populations while improving the system for maintaining diverse team members. HOPE members go out into the community to recruit diverse individuals to work at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown.


In addition, Fenella is a business coach and was previously the host of her own radio talk show Thinking Beyond Your Current Circumstances.  Fenella has a master’s degree from Antioch University and is working toward a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University, where she is a faculty member and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses such as Strategic Management, Applied Management Project, Human Resources Development, Human Resources Management, Organizational Behavior , Business Math, and Negotiations.


Fenella also has a Black Belt in Six Sigma (seeks to identify and remove the causes of defects & errors in manufacturing).  She is the Chief Learning Officer at Higher Learning Unlimited, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that she created, to focus on providing high school students with opportunities available to them post high school.







Monthly Meeting Information






The NSBE Central Kentucky Professional meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Location: Youth Worship Room

Consolidated Baptist Church

1625 Russell Cave Rd.

Lexington, KY 40505

Phone: (859) 299-8559

September 2011 NSBE Meeting with Mayor Jim Gray

September 2011 NSBE Meeting with Mayor Jim Gray

On Tuesday September 13th 2011 CKY NSBE AE hosted Mayor Jim Gray to speak to their members and guests to talk about his experience as mayor, the owner of Gray Construction, and how working with engineers and technical professionals has impacted his life. He discussed his hopes to attract more minorities to Lexington and the past research efforts in achieving that goal. He fielded questions on subjects surrounding job opportunities, and spoke deeper about his intent to create a more urban downtown scene that would attract young people and keep the interests and enthusiasm of current residents. Mayor Gray also displayed an authentic excitement about learning more about the needs of young black professionals in the Lexington area by using the CKY NSBE network to help tap into this demographic. After the meeting Gray was awarded a certificate of appreciation and NSBE t-shirt by the executive board. CKY NSBE AE very much appreciated his attendance and if you missed this program no worries, we have more on the way!

If you would like to learn more about Mayor Jim Gray go to, but while you are here please learn more about CKY NSBE through our site and the national site ( as well!

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August 9th, 2011 NSBE jr. Meeting: Chemical Density

August 9th, 2011 NSBE jr. Meeting: Chemical Density

On Tuesday, August 9, 2011, the Central Kentucky NSBE Jr. chapter met and learned about chemical engineering. After gaining a basic understanding of what this profession entails, the children participated in an experiment in which they learned about density. This experiment taught them how to determine the relative densities of materials through the use of everyday items. We used water, oil and corn syrup, along with some physical items to demonstrate how density affects the ability of one material to sink or float on another material. The kids had fun and now know one way to determine if one substance has more density than another.

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