Betsy Nowland-Curry

Nowland-Curry, a native of Kenton County, earned her bachelor’s degree in social professions from UK’s College of Social Professions (today’s College of Social Work) in 1974. Since completion of her degree, she has led a life of service volunteering or serving non-profits and/or government organizations, even during her years working for private businesses.

Nowland-Curry, the CEO of Curry Consulting Group, started her career as Executive Director of the YWCA of Central Kentucky, becoming the youngest Executive Director in the history of Metropolitan YWCA. During her tenure with the YWCA, she wrote the grant that established the YWCA Spouse Abuse Center in Lexington, as well as managing the association’s capital campaign and other fund raising activities.
Following her time with the YWCA, Nowland-Curry served in various leadership capacities over the next 18 years of her career. She was Director of Community Education and Professional Training at Transylvania University; served in former Governor Julian Carroll’s administration; worked in marketing and organizational development at several private companies including Marion Merrell Dow Pharmaceutical, Inc.; and led a number of leadership programs including positions as Executive Director of Kentucky Women’s Leadership Network and Director of Kentucky League of Cities Training and Leadership Center.

In 1998, Nowland-Curry joined former Governor Paul Patton’s administration. She served as Director of Communications and Training for the EMPOWER Kentucky Project through 2000. From 2000-04, Nowland-Curry served the state as Executive Director and CEO of both the Kentucky Commission on Women and the Kentucky Commission on Small Business Advocacy. In these positions, she championed legislation associated with early childhood development and prenatal care programs; the creation and establishment of the Office of Women’s Physical and Mental Health; women’s health insurance issues; domestic violence issues; and legislation benefiting Kentucky small business owners.

Her work with the Commission on Women also included the launch of a two-year study of the economic status of Kentucky women, which was followed by a statewide Summit on the Status of Kentucky Women. The project involved more than 600 Kentucky women and men and became a national model for similar projects across the country. Nowland-Curry’s service outside of government is as impressive and extensive as her career. She has been a member of numerous professional, civic and community organizations over the last 30 years, including the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Leadership Kentucky, Kentucky Appalachian Commission, Stennis Center for Public Service, FIRSTLINK of the Bluegrass, to just name a few.