Here’s what people are saying about #DerbySummit16


Pitts copy(1)I have to say that I was pleasantly shocked by how the Derby Summit turned out.  I really had no idea that there was so much opportunity even just in the Lexington-Cincinnati- Louisville area.  I’ve lived in Lexington for 13 years now and I’d love to be able to find employment with my degree in this general area after I defend.  However, even thinking aloud about “industry” after 4 years in academia has the tendency to generate looks of incredulity from the people I’m surrounded by, which makes planning difficult!  I told several people this at the event, but this was by far the best resource I’ve ever been presented with in terms of making contacts and finding employment.

The breadth of experience that the Derby Summit brought together was a real eye-opener for me and I came home energized about my prospects and where my PhD might take me.  My only regret is that I didn’t get around to everyone that I wanted to speak to at the networking dinner.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

-Michelle Pitts, Graduate Research Assistant- D’Orazio Lab, University of Kentucky


steven ferrellThe 2016 Derby summit was probably the sixth or seventh conference I have attended so far this year. My professional role and that as US representative for the Scottish Life Sciences Association afford me lots of opportunities to meet and greet and learn where the Life Science industry is headed both regionally and globally.

I can say without reservation that the Derby Summit was by far the most informative and productive conference I have attended.  I have rarely been in a room with so many accomplished professionals who were, to a person, collectively willing to share and collaborate their success, failures, trials and tribulations.

I found Kyle & Co’s ‘unconference’ approach remarkably effective. My experience left me with an indelible impression that Kentucky is not only open for business but fertile ground for healthcare innovation and progressive life science applications. I look forward to attending next year.

– Stephen R. Ferrell, BYTEGRID

KaiaI wanted to thank you again for the amazing workshop KLSC provided this past Thursday. I can honestly say the workshop was THE most helpful informational session I have received on careers, etc in the entire duration of my graduate school experience.

Kaia Hampton, University of Kentucky


karine obenI am a fifth-year graduate student. As you can imagine I have attended several career informational sessions and can say without a doubt that the Derby Summit was the most helpful of them all. Thank you for making it possible and hope you continue to do so in the future.

Karine Oben, University of Kentucky