For Up-and-Coming Leaders, It’s Time to Light the Fire Within.
About the Program
Ignite Louisville is a 7-month program that provides emerging leaders with the skills, confidence, problem-solving abilities and connections essential to professional success. Participants gain hands-on experience in civic leadership and working effectively as a team.
“The energy of my classmates and the shared desire to do more for ourselves, our companies and our community has reignited a flame that was in danger of being extinguished. When I moved to Louisville 7 years ago, I was not engaged, nor felt I needed to be. Ignite Louisville has provided the fuel for my fire.”
Sue Perram, IL ’13 – Field Commercial Manager, Brown-Forman Corporation
“Ignite Louisville exceeded my expectations and is truly one of the best things I’ve done for my personal and professional development.” Amanda Bledsoe, IL ’13 Senior Analyst, Global System Communications – Yum! Brands, Inc.
“As a recent transplant to Louisville, Ignite Louisville didn’t just open doors for me, it kicked them down! The access to training, facilities and community leaders was outstanding, and the new friendships convinced me that Louisville is a place to call home.”Jonathan Hall, IL ’13 – Director of Operational Excellence, Horseshoe Southern Indiana
“Ignite Louisville gave me new leadership skills and a larger, stronger network in the community. Before the program, I didn’t have any nonprofit experience and now I’m on the Board of two organizations.”Rich Vollmer, IL ’13 – Regional Vice President, Humana, Inc.
How Individuals Benefit
- Unforgettable experiences and relationships that pay dividends personally and professionally.
- Public recognition as a young professional with proven leadership training from the region’s top corporations, including Norton Healthcare, Yum! Brands, Inc., Brown-Forman, U.S. Army and UPS.
- Building credentials as someone with demonstrated ability to serve on civic boards and committees.
How Organizations Benefit
- Better, stronger leaders, regardless of the size of your organization.
- Local recognition as an organization dedicated to professional development in our community.
- Valuable business connections with the region’s top corporations.
Time commitment: Two-day opening retreat followed by one full day per month for six months (November – April), plus time spent working with a nonprofit partner in the Yum! IGNITES Challenge service-learning project.
Who should apply
The Ignite Louisville program is designed for next generation leaders who are on the path to significant leadership positions within their companies and organizations. The ideal Ignite Louisville candidate is a young professional who is engaged, involved and ready to make a positive impact both in their career and in their community.
How to Apply
Applications for the Ignite Louisville Class of 2014 will open June 3, 2013. The online application – which will be available on this page beginning June 3 – considers education, career, community service, responses to essay questions and recommendations.
See Frequently Asked Questions about Ignite Louisville. For more information, contact Aaron Miller or Jennifer Stevens or call (502) 561-0458.