Seats available at Mar. 28 Recovery in the Workplace Conference

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is hosting its fifth annual Recovery in the Workplace Conference on March 28 at the Marriot Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington and still has seats available.

The conference will feature best-selling author and journalist Sam Quiñones, who will share his experiences as a reporter covering the evolution of gangs, immigration, the southern border, drug trafficking, addiction and related issues over 35 years.

“I think that when you attend these kinds of things, you’re able to share and you’re able to learn, you take that back to your own community, and that is a huge benefit,” Quiñones said about the conference on Twitter. His latest book, The Least of Us, focuses on the rise of synthetic drugs in the opioid epidemic.

Members of the Kentucky Chamber Foundation team will speak about various initiatives in which employers can get involved to most effectively recruit and retain individuals in recovery. Topics will include an update on the status of substance use in the Kentucky workplace, programs that have led to long-term success for people in recovery, entrepreneurial opportunities that have led to improved recovery outcomes in Kentucky, issues of reentry specific to employment, and more.

The Recovery Consortium of Kentucky will hold its 2023 Recovery Hall of Fame ceremony to recognize people in long-term recovery and those who have taken a leading role in addressing Kentucky’s addiction crisis through efforts for prevention, treatment, education, and advocacy.

The awards and recipients include: the Congressman Hal Rogers Award, going to Van Ingram, executive director of the state Office of Drug Control Policy; the Jay Davidson Award, to Charlotte Wethington (mother of the namesake of Casey’s Law); the Employer of the Year Award, to Toyotomi America Corp.; and a special award to Jeff Whitehead, executive director of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP).

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