The Leadership Louisville Center is a nonprofit, member-oriented organization whose mission is to grow and connect a diverse network of leaders who serve as catalysts for a world-class community.

The Center carries out this mission through programs and events designed to inspire, challenge and connect people at all levels of leadership development. Find out which program is right for you.

Our Strategic Plan

As one of the key initiatives under our new president, Cynthia Knapek, the Leadership Louisville Center Board and staff have set in motion a planning and visioning process to build on our strong history of excellence and lay the foundation for greater service to the community. View Leadership Louisville Center’s Strategic Plan

How the Leadership Louisville Center came to be

The Leadership Louisville Center was started in 1979 when community leaders Wilson Wyatt, Barry Bingham, Nana Lampton, Henry Heuser Sr. and Maurice D.S. Johnson founded Leadership Louisville to ensure that Louisville’s future leaders would be knowledgeable about issues, well networked and passionate about the success of the community.

Today the Center continues to be guided by those founding principles.  Businesses of all types and individuals at all career levels rely on the Center’s programs to gain self-confidence as leaders, expand their commitment to our community and develop a deeper understanding of issues with the potential to propel our region forward.

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.

Want to Be In The Center?

The Leadership Louisville Center recognizes the importance of diversity – within our workforce, our supplier relationships and our program participants.  Diversity is at the heart of our organization’s mission. See our Diversity and Inclusion Statement.

To foster and sustain vibrant, diverse community leadership, we invite all leaders and aspiring leaders to be in the Center.

Our greatest potential for positive impact in the community comes from our ability to provide a perpetually replenishing supply of inspired and informed leaders. These leaders must be diverse and represent all aspects of our community. Our supporters and scholarship funds allow anyone, from the most powerful CEO to the most committed civic volunteer, access to our leadership training, expanded networks and opportunities to make a difference.

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