Blair Haydon, Executive Director of Emerge Ky since November 2016, is a native of Springfield, KY. Blair’s background is in social work and special education. She spent a short time working for Buckhorn Children and Family Services (formerly Presbyterian Child Welfare Agency) running a Transitional Living Program for Homeless Pregnant teens before spending 9 years serving in the school system as the director of 21st Century Community Learning Centers where she coordinated after school programs for students focusing on drug and violence prevention. Blair then served in Governor Steve Beshear’s Office of Early Childhood where she focused on implementing the Strengthening Families framework statewide.
Raised in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, Molly graduated from Transylvania University in 2013, earning her B.A. in Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication. Energized by political communications, Molly interned for her local Congressman, Ben Chandler, during his tenure in Washington, D.C. After Transy, she became a personal assistant and call-time manager for Emerge Kentucky alumna Elisabeth Jensen while she ran for Congress in the 6th district. Curious about what Washington still had to offer her, Molly went back to D.C. to attend Georgetown University and obtain a Master of Arts degree in Communication, Culture and Technology, where she wrote a distinguished thesis on technology’s disruption of the journalism industry. At Georgetown, Molly wrote for the BBC and worked with Picture Motion, a digital strategy firm that supports issue-driven grassroots films.
After graduation, Molly volunteered on the Hillary for America campaign by phone banking and canvassing in Virginia and Pennsylvania. For many reasons, Molly moved back to the Bluegrass. In 2017, she began working as a Communications and Volunteer Coordinator at Kentucky Voices for Health. Today, she feels fortunate to be at Emerge, where her mission of putting more women in positions of influence can be fully realized and her skills in communications are put to ideal work.