CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATES
Each LIFTOFF cohort completes a rigorous experiential program to prepare them for launching a business in the Central Kentucky Bluegrass region. The first and most essential lesson the cohort learned (and then practiced) was the entrepreneurial mindset. They learned and applied CentreWorks’ Human-Centered Innovation Approach (HCIA) to develop their value proposition. They learned the basics of the business model along with foundational financial, legal, and digital marketing principles. The CentreWorks’ mission includes growing multiple LIFTOFF communities to build a regional innovation and startup culture and to spark new economic development and social enterprise opportunities. Keep an eye on our centreworks.org website for the next LIFTOFF community formation and consider joining.
LIFTOFF Community 1
Serving the arts community
Greek-American delivery and takeout restaurant
Artist assistance and visualization aid to buying original art
Platforms for artist to share their work and build business acumen
Margaret Levi Jewelry – Jeweled lanyards
Enrichment space for students
Exploring agricultural land use ideas
Intersect — Student leadership workshops & curriculum
Mabel’s — Growing and enjoying herbs and vegetables
Children’s bookstore with artist studio
Susanna Thomas, former journalist, social activist and consultant, Princeton University graduate and executive of a nonprofit, is a success coach who helps people maximize their potential and realize their personal and professional goals. Her aim is to inspire all to embrace and hone leadership skills to be used in bettering their lives, their places of work, and their communities. She works with individuals and groups and holds leadership workshops with horses on her farm in Mercer County.
Contact info: Susanna Thomas 859-421-2948
A special thank you to CentreWorks’ RCorps student, Adonis Logan, for his role in support and facilitation of Community #1. Also, we are appreciative of the area businesses who supported LIFTOFF with guest appearances from their professional staff: Robinson, Hughes & Christopher Accountants, Sheehan & Barnett Law, Farmers National Bank and the Idea Farm.
The FUSION Community Collaboration Groups are initiated to make our community stronger. CentreWorks is using a human-centered innovation approach to address this community challenge. We have assembled a team of bright, passionate, and community-minded students self-proclaimed “Team FUSION” to promote and facilitate community involvement in this endeavor. Team FUSION actively listens to understand and proactively seeks representation of all community voices in their support of this initiative.
FUSION Community 1
Access to Fresh Food
John Bingaman ’24
“I’m excited to be a part of CentreWorks because of its core of empathy. This is a program that teaches students about success and leadership from a structure that is so rare yet so important. I know that through CentreWorks I’m learning more about myself as a leader and also as a human. CentreWorks is building connections amongst students and all community members!”
Maddy Jenkins ’22
Phoenix Staten ’23
“Working with the CentreWorks FUSION has been extremely wonderful. I love our team’s ability to collaborate with each other at Centre and in the Danville community. CentreWorks provides a bridge for students who are wanting to be involved in something greater and allows for the opportunity for students to intentionally connect with others.”
Averey Duechle ‘24
“Being part of CentreWorks allows me to become inclusive within the community of Danville as well as personal growth of leadership and communication that is crucial to assessing situations attentively and wholeheartedly.”
Taylor Kennedy ‘24
“As the Student Ambassador for Centreworks, I am determined to collaborate with community to create leadership opportunities for students.”
Lyric Hyde ‘23
“Being a part of CentreWorks and FUSION means that not only can I work to help strengthen the Danville community, but that I can also closely connect with the residents of Danville who are directly impacted and get their input every step of the way.”
Lucy Swenson ‘24
“I am ecstatic to join the FUSION team because of the team itself. Centre Works is all about the human-centered approach, and my dynamic and empathetic peers, mentors, and fellow community members daily inspire me to strive towards understanding and dedication in our efforts to approach community challenges.”