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The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR) presented its highest awards for 2019 at the recent Installation and Member Recognition Luncheon — Realtor of the Year, Good Neighbor and Distinguished Service — honoring outstanding realtors within the Association, including Kae Schennberg.

Schennberg recognized for service to real estate industry

Schennberg, broker/owner of Schennberg Realty, took home the Distinguish Service Award, given on behalf of the LBAR president to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond for the Association and industry. Schennberg was instrumental in facilitating the merger between the former Madison County Board of Realtors and LBAR, bringing valuable products and services to dozens of agents across four counties — Estill, Lee, Madison and Owsley.

Also recognized were: Mike Inman, LBAR’s Realtor of the Year for 2019; Kate Imhoff, Good Neighbor Award; and Jason Scolf, Distinguish Service Award.

Novelis named to best places to work in Kentucky List

Novelis Inc., the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, recently was named one of the 2020 Best Places to Work in Kentucky in the large-sized employer category. This is the company’s second year receiving the distinction.

“Novelis owes its status as a world-class manufacturer to our employees, and we are committed to their health, safety and well-being,” said Marco Palmieri, Novelis North America President, in the release. “This distinction affirms our commitment to our people and ensures that Novelis remains an employer of choice in the Bluegrass State for years to come.”

The Best Places to Work recognition is presented by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Best Companies Group and is based on information provided by employers and feedback from an employee-wide survey.

Novelis’ presence in Kentucky dates back 35 years with manufacturing facilities in Berea and a greenfield facility under construction in Guthrie. These locations employ more than 250 local residents. In addition, Novelis is part of a joint venture, Logan Aluminum, with Tri-Arrows Aluminum, that employs 1,300 residents in Russellville.

UK named to Forbes 2020 Best Employer for Diversity List

The University of Kentucky was recently recognized for diversity and inclusion on the Forbes list of "Best Employers for Diversity" in 2020. The annual ranking recognizes companies across two dozen industries nationally that demonstrate a strong commitment to inclusive workplace practices.

Forbes released its third annual list of the Best Employers for Diversity Tuesday. UK ranked in the top 100 on the list and second for companies headquartered in Kentucky.

"It’s an honor and privilege to receive this recognition from Forbes this year," said Sonja Feist-Price, vice president for institutional diversity. "I share this award of distinction with staff, students and faculty across this great institution who work tirelessly to create a community that both values and celebrates our differences."

The list was composed by independently surveying a sample of 50,000 employees working for organizations across the United States from a variety of industry sectors. The sample of employees used an online, anonymous access panel to rate their employer on four criteria: direct recommendations, indirect recommendations, diversity among top executives/board and key performance indicators, such as proactive communication of a diverse company culture.

The university ranked best in direct recommendations surrounding the topics of age, gender equality, ethnicity, disability and LGBTQ* inclusion, and the existence of positions and public initiatives responsible for diversity.

This is not the first time that the university has been recognized for its diversity and inclusion efforts. Forbes recognized UK in 2019 and 2018 as a “Best Employer” and “Best Employer for Diversity.” UK has also earned praise from organizations such as INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the Chronicle of Higher Education and Campus Pride.

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