ABOVE: Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton (center at top left) participated in the University of Pikeville’s Coleman College of Business Speakers and Leadership Series on Feb. 21. Hampton is pictured with Brenda Maynard, associate professor of business at UPIKE, and Dr. Howard Roberts, dean of the Coleman College of Business.
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Lt. Gov. offers tips for success during business lecture series

Submitted for publication by UPIKE’s Laura Damron

PIKEVILLE — The University of Pikeville welcomed Kentucky Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton to campus on Feb. 21 as the featured speaker for the UPIKE’s Coleman College of Business Speakers and Leadership Series.

Students, faculty, staff and community members gathered in Booth Auditorium to hear how Hampton’s experiences as a student and in the military, business and government shaped her personally and professionally.

Hampton shared the progression of her career path in a corrugated box manufacturing plant, which she credits to an entrepreneurial spirit and a natural curiosity about operations within the organization.

 “It didn’t matter where I was working, I was always wondering what was going on in other departments and how they tied together,” she said. “I wanted to make my organization better.”

While serving in the U.S. Air Force and during her career, Hampton gravitated toward taking on additional duties, which often meant removing herself from her comfort zone. These behaviors, combined with a “heart to serve,” were among her recommendations for those considering political careers.

She advised the group that adaptability, flexibility and an entrepreneurial attitude are valuable qualities in the pursuit of success.

“When entrepreneurs start a business, they don’t have enough resources, they don’t have enough people and there’s no job they won’t do,” said Hampton. “They just want the company to succeed. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial mindset and I have brought that to government.”

She also highlighted the importance of eliminating distractions. “If you’re focused on the mission, it takes a lot of noise out of the equation,” she said.

During her term, Hampton is focusing her efforts on what she refers to as the “4 E’s: Entrepreneurship, Education, Emergency preparedness and being an Example.” She is also working on the Lt. Governor’s Challenge Series, which currently includes the Entrepreneurship Challenge and the Bluegrass Book Buddies Challenge.

“No matter where you work, you can bring an entrepreneurial attitude with you that will not only make your company better, it will get you noticed,” said Hampton.

Dr. Howard Roberts, dean of the Coleman College of Business, said, “Lieutenant Governor Hampton delivered a thought-provoking lecture while sharing her career experiences and encouraging those in attendance to be inquisitive. Her career proves that with an unbridled enthusiasm, one can succeed.”  

For more information about UPIKE’s Coleman College of Business, visit www.upike.edu or call 606-218-5020.