Spring 2022 Dean’s Message

As the Class of ’22 prepares to walk across the stage, it is timely to reflect on and celebrate these students and their wonderful accomplishments. These future leaders have persevered through another year of uncertainty, challenges, and change – as we…

As the Class of ’22 prepares to walk across the stage, it is timely to reflect on and celebrate these students and their wonderful accomplishments. These future leaders have persevered through another year of uncertainty, challenges, and change – as well as the academic rigor and challenges of a world-class academic curriculum. They should be...

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In Memoriam: Spring 2022

As we celebrate our accomplishments and successes, it is important to reflect on members of our community who have passed. The College carries their memory forward—their impact and emotional resonance are never too far from our collective hearts. Mr. L…

As we celebrate our accomplishments and successes, it is important to reflect on members of our community who have passed. The College carries their memory forward—their impact and emotional resonance are never too far from our collective hearts. Mr. Leslie D. Albro 1956Mr. Paul J. Bacher 1962Mrs. Carolyn W. BrownCol. M. Courtland Clayton, P.E. 1971James...

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FranchiseU! Episode Fifteen: John Cywinski (Dine Brands)

Today on FranchiseU!, we speak with John Cywinski of Dine Brands and discuss his journey from an advertising firm to the food industry. John Cywinski was appointed to the position of President of Applebee’s Grill & Bar in March 2017. As President, …

Today on FranchiseU!, we speak with John Cywinski of Dine Brands and discuss his journey from an advertising firm to the food industry. John Cywinski was appointed to the position of President of Applebee’s Grill & Bar in March 2017. As President, Mr. Cywinski is responsible for the overall strategic direction for all functional areas...

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Pathways to Potential

Entrepreneur T.K. Coleman has been described as a passionate voice for possibility. T.K. brought that passion to Louisville in February as a guest speaker in the Center for Free Enterprise Menard Family Lecture Series. Dozens of UofL students,faculty, …

Entrepreneur T.K. Coleman has been described as a passionate voice for possibility. T.K. brought that passion to Louisville in February as a guest speaker in the Center for Free Enterprise Menard Family Lecture Series. Dozens of UofL students,faculty, staff, and members of the community were treated to T.K.’s unique take on making things happen for...

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GBAC Networking

Charlie Todd and Ashwin Netto, both graduates from the Full-Time MBA (2020 cohort), are the newest leaders of the Graduate Business Alumni Council (GBAC). They were inspired to serve by their cohort, Ashwin adding, “It seemed like a great way to stay c…

Charlie Todd and Ashwin Netto, both graduates from the Full-Time MBA (2020 cohort), are the newest leaders of the Graduate Business Alumni Council (GBAC). They were inspired to serve by their cohort, Ashwin adding, “It seemed like a great way to stay close with all of the friends I have made in the MBA program.”...

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Franchise U! Episode Fourteen: Patricia Perry (Edible Brands)

Today on Franchise U! Kathy sits down with Patricia Perry. She is a veteran in the franchising, food service, retail, and hospitality industries. She serves as Vice President of Development for Edible Brands and is responsible for increasing the global…

Today on Franchise U! Kathy sits down with Patricia Perry. She is a veteran in the franchising, food service, retail, and hospitality industries. She serves as Vice President of Development for Edible Brands and is responsible for increasing the global market share for the franchise brands. She oversees global franchise development, real estate, new store...

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FBC Member Spotlight: Patrick Murphy

Patrick D. Murphy is president and founder of Patrick D. Murphy Architects, a family-owned architecture firm specializing in roof consulting, exterior wall, and building envelope consulting since 1982. A registered architect, Patrick earned his degree …

Patrick D. Murphy is president and founder of Patrick D. Murphy Architects, a family-owned architecture firm specializing in roof consulting, exterior wall, and building envelope consulting since 1982. A registered architect, Patrick earned his degree at the University of Kentucky and has over thirty years of professional experience. UofLFBC: What does it mean for your...

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March Lunch: The Experiential Age

At our March lunch, JK McKnight — founder of Art of Impact, Forecastle Festival and Forecastle Foundation — shared insights into the generational trends that led to the development of his three-tiered brand engagement platform. He noted that Gen Z and Millennials are rethinking not just how they work, but why. To connect with younger audiences, brands must shift their focus to […]

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At our March lunch, JK McKnight — founder of Art of ImpactForecastle Festival and Forecastle Foundation — shared insights into the generational trends that led to the development of his three-tiered brand engagement platform. He noted that Gen Z and Millennials are rethinking not just how they work, but why. To connect with younger audiences, brands must shift their focus to creating engaging experiences. He added that “experience” and purpose-driven brands have a competitive edge because it’s no longer all about the money for young workers and consumers.

McKnight is an entrepreneur, producer, consultant and community builder. He is best known as the founder of The Forecastle Festival, one of the nation’s premier outdoor festivals that draws 75,000 fans for a weekend celebration of music, art and activism. It was created in 2002 as a small community gathering in Louisville, and has grown into a major, international attraction. Outside Magazine hailed it as one of the “Top 10 Festivals in the Country” while Rolling Stone deemed it one of the “Coolest Festivals in America.” It annually posts an economic impact of over $15 million.

McKnight’s Forecastle Foundation is an international environmental 501(c)(3) dedicated to protecting and connecting the world’s natural awesome. It works by partnering with grassroots organizations to conserve the richest reservoirs of life left on the planet. These biodiversity zones, known as “hot spots,” cover just 2.3% of the Earth’s surface, yet account for 77% of all vertebrae species and 50% of all plant life. They play a vital role in regulating world temperatures and are highly threatened due to a variety of factors, including development, deforestation, pollution, poaching and unsustainable agricultural practices.

Art of Impact is an experiential agency specializing in festival consulting, experiential marketing and nonprofit partnerships. Combined together, all three form a new marketing platform to reach Gen Z and millennials effectively while positively impacting their lives and communities.

McKnight graduated from St. Xavier High School and attended the College of Charleston, Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville.