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Putting Leadership into Action, Solutions into Place.

About the Program

Bingham Fellows was created in 1988 through a $500,000 endowment from the Mary and Barry Bingham Sr. The program has provided experienced leaders with the opportunity to put into practice the skills that credential them as a leader of leaders. Side by side with peers, participants provide critical issues with visibility and momentum to move our community forward.

Outcomes from over 25 years of Bingham Fellows projects demonstrate both imagination and practical gathering of critical resources to address obvious social needs. Learn about the 2015 topic, “United We Stand: A New Model for How City Collaborates with State.”

In recent years, they’ve contributed to the development of a long-term vision for our community, enhanced environmental responsibility through initiatives at the grassroots and policy levels, worked to attract and retain talent with an internship program now managed by Greater Louisville Inc. and helped form the Kentucky Indiana Exchange, a regional leadership coalition.  The impact of the Fellows goes back to the 1990s with the creation of The Housing Partnership, the working concept of the Sustain Louisville arm of Louisville Metro government, growth of local farmers’ markets and numerous other positive outcomes. See highlights of the Bingham Fellows outcomes since 1989.

  • “My experience with the Bingham Fellows enriched me both personally and professionally.  It provided me the opportunity to develop new relationships, improve my own leadership skills, and to work as a team with other effective community leaders to contribute to an effort to significantly enhance the quality of life for people in the city of Louisville. I’m grateful I participated.”
    F. Bruce Williams, Pastor, Bates Memorial Baptist Church

  • “Bingham Fellows provided an opportunity like no other to connect with top leadership around a community issue. My organization was able to contribute to a larger movement and have access to expertise and additional partners that will increase our impact in the community.”
    Steve Tarver, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Louisville

  • “The business contacts and relationships we made are sure to create win-win scenarios. On top of this, we came together to make Louisville a top metropolitan city, an aspiration important to my business and my family.”
    Teresa L. Bridgewaters, President – The Mardrian Group, Inc.

  • “My employer takes its community responsibilities seriously and participates in a wide variety of projects and organizations. If the Louisville region is to thrive in a global economy, we all must participate to ensure an outstanding workforce and an attractive ‘quality of life.’”
    Kevin S. Wardell, President – Norton Hospital

Learn about the 2015 topic

The Bingham Fellows topic for 2015 is: “United We Stand: A New Model for How City Collaborates with State.”

How Individuals Benefit

  • You’ll have the rare opportunity to make a significant difference while putting your leadership skills to the test.
  • Gain recognition as a community leader providing solutions for tough civic challenges.
  • You’ll work with a unique gathering of experts and civilians and gain insights from leaders on particular topics or issues.

Read what our Bingham Fellows bloggers say about the experience.

How Organizations Benefit

  • Your organization will gain an insider’s view and new insights to particular community issues.
  • There’s simply no better way to meet and work with the area’s top experts and key players.
  • The program provides advanced leadership experience in thinking big and effecting change.

Who should Apply

Community leaders who have expertise or have a strong interest in the Bingham Fellows topic along with a commitment towards positive change should apply. Bingham Fellows participants are typically graduates of other Leadership Louisville Center programs including Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Leadership Louisville and the Leadership Network. See the list of Bingham Fellows graduates since 1991. Graduates of other community and state leadership programs are also encouraged to participate. Refer a friend or colleague.

If you’re interested in applying, join our email list to be notified when the 2016 topic is announced and applications are open.

Time commitment

Bingham Fellows participants must attend the mandatory orientation in January and are expected to attend each of the program days. The program also includes a mandatory two-day retreat in April 2015. (see 2015 Bingham Fellows program calendar)

Additionally, a considerable amount of time is spent outside of the program day in small groups to further explore the topic and implement solutions.

Program Calendar

Program days are held on Thursdays and will begin at 8:00 a.m. and adjourn at 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise communicated in advance. Note that this calendar is tentative until the close of applications on November 21, 2014.

January 22, 2015 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Orientation (mandatory)

February 10, 2015 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Opening Day (Frankfort)

February 26, 2015 (Half-day; 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

March 12, 2015 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

March 26, 2015 (Half-day; 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

April 22-23, 2015 mandatory (Two-day overnight retreat)

May 21, 2015

June 25, 2015

July 16, 2015

August 13, 2015

Sept. 10, 2015

Oct. 29, 2015 Graduation 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2015 Bingham Fellows class are now closed. The online application considers subject matter expertise, career experience, past Leadership Louisville Center program experience and responses to essay questions. Learn how to apply.

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See Frequently Asked Questions about Bingham Fellows or contact Jennifer Stevens at (502) 561-0458 or via email.