Fifth Annual Women’s Conference scheduled for today Madisonville

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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) The Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation is holding its 2019 Women’s Conference, “Hustle & Heart,” Thursday, at the Ballard Convention Center.

Helen Gülgün Bukulmez, a Lexington attorney and Northern Kentucky University law professor, and Tammie McCullough, co-owner of West KY Aquaponics in Draffenville, are the scheduled keynote speakers.

Bukulmez regularly speaks on topics related to entrepreneurialism, business development, wellness, law project management, attorney marketing and technology.

“It is an honor to be invited to share time with the creative, talented, brilliant people of Madisonville,” Bukulmez said. “I look forward to sharing my experience, expertise and love for people while being further inspired by Madisonville.”

McCullough founded West KY Aquaponics with her husband, father and son. In aquaponics, the waste produced by farmed fish supplies nutrients for crops grown in water, and this integrated process, in turn, purifies the closed-loop system. Today, West KY Aquaponics sells leafy green vegetables and tilapia fish through farmers markets and locally-owned groceries and restaurants in the region, as well as its own greenhouse.

“It is my privilege to be asked to speak at the Women’s Conference in Madisonville,” McCullough said. “I’m looking forward to sharing my entrepreneurial story and hope to inspire other women to pursue their dreams.”

More than 80 women-owned businesses exist in the region, and since 2013, women have accounted for almost exactly half of the civilian labor force in Hopkins County.

“This conference is annually a great professional networking event and learning opportunity, and we are particularly excited about the two keynote speakers we landed for this year’s event,” said Ray Hagerman, president, Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development.

For tickets to conference, click here.

The Ballard Convention Center is located at 605 E. Arch Street in Madisonville.

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(This story was originally published on April 11, 2019)

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