Applications now open for 2021 Ignite Louisville classes

Applications are now open for Ignite Louisville – next two classes to start in 2021

See video recording of the Info Session, “A Taste of Ignite Louisville”

The Leadership Louisville Center invites next-generation professionals to apply for its Ignite Louisville program, which prepares high-potential young talent for expanded roles in their companies and communities. Presented by Norton Healthcare, the award-winning program has graduated over 1,000 rising leaders since 2004 and continues to hold a distinctive place in influencing the skills, networks, and perspectives of our region’s upcoming leadership – more important today than ever. Applications are now open through January 15, 2021 for the next two classes that begin in 2021. Upcoming classes will be from March – September 2021 and October 2021 – April 2022.

Here’s a recording of an information session about Ignite Louisville, featuring graduates of the program, and the Ignite Louisville staff. 

To learn more, visit or contact Aimee Jewell at (502) 561-5221,

Ignite Louisville is a six-month program that is the region’s premier talent development experience for up-and-coming leaders. Participants gain leadership lessons that come only from being pushed outside of their comfort zone. They enjoy exclusive access to leadership training from the Leadership Louisville Center and top partners including Norton Healthcare, Brown-Forman Corporation, the U.S. Army, David Novak Leadership Program, and Kindred Healthcare. In addition to the program’s core curriculum, Ignite Louisville teams participate in the Ignite Louisville Challenge and take on a project proposed by a local nonprofit, gaining hands-on experience performing on a team and serving the community. Participating nonprofits benefit from the expertise and energy of the teams, who each invest hundreds of hours with their nonprofit agency. The challenge component comes in as the teams are competing to be named a winner to receive a contribution for their nonprofit partners. Since the first class graduated in 2005, Ignite Louisville participants have worked on over 125 projects for area nonprofits to plan, execute and sustain new strategies.

An Employer’s view of Ignite Louisville:

“Brown-Forman has been a long-time supporter of this program because we believe it is an excellent way to develop important skills for our up-and-coming leaders.  Ignite Louisville teaches participants how to influence without authority, leverage diversity, diagnose issues, and lead change – skills that they practice with nonprofit agencies of their choosing. Our employees bring these leadership skills back to their day jobs and can apply their learning to the roles they have today and will have in the future.”

  • Kirsten Hawley, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Brown-Forman Corporation

Words from an Ignite Louisville Participant:

“Ignite Louisville was hands-down the best professional development I’ve done in years! I built a network of outstanding young professionals across the community, and I’ve been able to implement learnings from both the instructional content and the nonprofit project.”

  • Nick Kues, CPA, CIA, Advisor, CPSS Strategy Advancement, Humana Inc.

About the Leadership Louisville Center:

The Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement. With a purpose to inspire and equip leaders to be better and do better, it has graduated over 10,000 through its community leadership programs since 1979. The Center is recognized as a national best practice and is known for its dynamic programming and strong community connections. Programming includes five civic programs (Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Bingham Fellows and Encore Louisville), leadership skills training courses presented through the Leadership Green Room, and events designed to motivate positive change. Learn more at

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