ashli wattsHENDERSON, Ky. (11/30/19) — Henderson Chamber of Commerce plans to host a Kentucky Chamber Legislative Preview event featuring Ashli Watts, who was named this month as president/CEO for the Kentucky Chamber, the state's largest business association.

The business leader will speak 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Rookies Restaurant, 117 Second St. in Henderson. Cost is $20 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members, organizers indicated. To register for the event, click here.

Watts joined the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in November 2012. During her tenure as senior vice president of public affairs at the Chamber she led efforts in passing significant pieces of legislation such as felony expungement in 2016, right to work legislative in 2017, workers’ compensation reform in 2018 and reinstating arbitration agreements in 2019, the chamber reported. As part of the Chamber’s leadership team, the Kentucky Chamber was named National State Chamber of the Year in 2017. Prior to joining the Chamber, she worked at the Kentucky Bar Association and the Legislative Research Commission. 

Watts graduated from Campbellsville University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history in 2004 and holds a master’s degree in public policy and administration from the University of Louisville.

She served as the commencement speaker for Campbellsville University’s graduation in 2019 and was also awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award. Watts is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Kentucky and currently serves on the boards for Campbellsville University and Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky. She currently resides in Frankfort with her husband, Ryan, and two children, Emma and Carter. 

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