In 2011, the Leadership Louisville Center was recognized as one of the top seven community leadership programs in the U.S. in a benchmark study by the Center for Creative Leadership, the “gold standard” global provider of executive leadership education and research.

The Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and training. Since 1979 we’ve offered dynamic programming and the strong community connections that turn potential into achievement.

As partners, sponsors or program participants, businesses and organizations enjoy an increase in professional contacts across industries, greater exposure for their businesses and access to decision-makers in the community. Our region’s most influential community trustees are part of the Leadership Louisville Center’s network of leaders.

Why invest in leadership development? (From the Center for Creative Leadership www.ccl.org)


How can the Center help your business? That depends upon your needs.

I need to access the Center’s influential network of leaders

Be in the Center as a partner or sponsor

Become A Sponsor

I want better, stronger leaders in my organization

Better tools make better leaders


From emerging leaders and civic-minded employees to recently recruited talent and established executives, our programs offer substantial return on your human capital investment.

Read on to learn about the unique benefits of each program:

Focus Louisville

A 2 ½ day exploration of Louisville, designed to build a deeper connection to our community and introduction to community leadership. For newcomers or native Louisvillians.

How your organization benefits:

  • Unique way to enhance operational training, as well as recognize and reward top talent.
  • A more personal, more informational way to introduce employees to all that Louisville has to offer.
  • Valuable new relationships that can result in new opportunities and added visibility for your organization.
  • Exposure among civic-minded entrepreneurs, managers, educators, senior executives of major corporations and nonprofit organizations and young professionals.

Time commitment: Two and one half days
Investment: $600

Ignite Louisville

Leadership development training for emerging leaders in their 20’s and 30’s presented by the region’s top corporations. Young professional participants also gain hands-on experience working with a team for a local nonprofit.

How your organization benefits:

  • Better, stronger leaders regardless of the size of your organization.
  • There’s no other way to gain the valuable business connections and have this type of access with the region’s top corporations.
  • Local recognition as an organization dedicated to professional development in our community.
  • Exposure among high-potential talent positioned to be tomorrow’s leaders.


Time commitment:
Seven months, including a two-day overnight opening retreat followed by one full day per month, plus time spent on the nonprofit service project. Optional networking opportunities.
Investment: $3,800

Leadership Louisville

Our signature community leadership program preparing established leaders to take their place as effective community leaders with new knowledge, connections and perspectives. Many of our community’s most recognizable leaders are graduates of the Leadership Louisville program.

How your organization benefits:

  • Participants meet new people, including fellow community leaders, establishing connections and expanding their circle of influence.
  • Foundations are provided for executives to deepen individual connections to the community resulting in more committed organizational leaders.
  • Relationships are established that will provide new opportunities to serve the community and deal firsthand with vital local issues.
  • Exposure among the executives and leaders of the region’s leading corporations, nonprofit organizations and industries of all types.

Time commitment: Ten months, including a two-day overnight opening retreat followed by one full day per month. Optional enhancements opportunities.
Investment: $5,000

Bingham Fellows

For over 20 years, this advanced leadership program has provided experienced leaders with the opportunity to take action and develop real solutions for our community’s most pressing problems.

How your organization benefits:

  • Gain an insider’s view and insights to particular community issues.
  • There’s simply no better way to meet and work with the area’s top experts and key players.
  • Advanced leadership experience in thinking big and effecting significant change.
  • Exposure among a high-profile group of community leaders and decision-makers.

Time commitment: One full day per month for nine months, including a two-day retreat, plus time spent outside of class on projects
Investment: $4,200