A class impacted by the pandemic – Leadership Louisville Class of 2020 graduates

Leadership Louisville Class of 2020

Amid a pandemic, the Leadership Louisville Center graduated its 41st class of its signature program for community leaders, the Leadership Louisville Class of 2020! With tongue-in-cheek, we’ve unofficially called them ‘the longest class ever,’ as their ten-month experience stretched into a year-long engagement. Ultimately, the 58 class members came away with knowledge and connections to build their understanding and effectiveness as community leaders, perhaps benefiting further from the first-hand view of our community’s institutions and leaders in the midst of crises. Class member Lindsay Wehr from Kosair Charities said, “Leadership Louisville Center knew how to prepare us, if that is such a thing, for 2020.”

Here are a few additional comments from class members:

“What a year! Thank you Leadership Louisville Center and the Class of 2020 for a memorable, fulfilling, eye opening experience! There is no growth in the comfort zone and we certainly were tested and now have an incredible testimony to share. We’ve graduated, we’ve celebrated, and now it’s time to work! Let’s get to it!”

  • Victoria Russell, VP, Diversity Equity Inclusion, Papa John’s International

“Today is graduation day for Leadership Louisville Center’s Leadership Louisville class of 2020!  I’ve learned so much about the city, made some great relationships, and look forward to applying what I’ve learned through Seed to Oaks for years to come. Thank you!”

  • Nathan Ivey, President, Seed to Oaks

“I can proudly say I graduated from Leadership Louisville yesterday! I had the most amazing year learning more deeply about Louisville, making awesome connections, getting comfortable with being uncomfortable, growing in a high support and high challenge environment and learning to live in a state of disequilibrium.  This experience couldn’t have happened at a better time!”

  • Shalini Sutaria, Technology Director, Humana Inc.

“I hadn’t been to school in about 12 years when I got my last master’s degree in the Air Force. It was the #BEST and #LONGEST class ever, and truly challenged us to ‘have the courage to seek change’ and ‘take risks.’ Each one is the finest Louisville has to offer and my new posse. So fortunate to now be a LL ‘20 Alum!”

  • Angela Billings, Principal, The Virago Circle

“A year of social connection, putting ourselves into challenging conversations, learning about the areas of our city and the interconnection of people, education, media, arts, race, politics, basic needs and opportunities to help, grow and learn in ways that go deep and last a lifetime. Put yourself in the heat to make change!”

  • Christine Saladino, VP Accounting, Trilogy


Leadership Louisville Class of 2020 Graduates

The Class of 2020 is the 41st class of the Leadership Louisville Center’s signature program for established community leaders. Since 1979, Leadership Louisville has ensured that the community’s most influential and esteemed leaders are knowledgeable about issues, well-networked and passionate about the success of the region. These talented leaders spent one year going on exclusive tours and having hands-on experiences, all with area leaders who take on our community’s biggest challenges every day. Armed with new knowledge, connections and perspectives, Leadership Louisville graduates are prepared to take their places as effective community leaders. See a list of 40 years of Leadership Louisville graduates.

The fifty-eight members of the Leadership Louisville Class of 2020 are: (View photo roster)

Lisa Bajorinas, Startup Advisor; Jonathan Baker, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs; Tracey Ballard, Fifth Third Bank; Amer Beharic, Norton Healthcare; Angela Billings, The Virago Circle; Christopher Coffman, Frost Brown Todd LLC; Martha Davis, GE Appliances, a Haier company; Annie Edwards, The Rawlings Group; Vickie Elder, Texas Roadhouse; Ed Fallon, Park Community Credit Union; David Finke, Ph.D, Seven Counties Services; Robert Barry Fleming, Actors Theatre of Louisville; Meg Gatti, Northwestern Mutual; Shea Hallenberg, Lantech; Mo McKnight Howe, Revelry Boutique Gallery/ Stay + Wander Louisville/Howe Louisville; Jason Howze, Republic Bank; Nathan Ivey, Seed to Oaks; Matthew Janes, Dant Clayton Corporation; Ryan Jordan, Churchill Downs; Tricia Julian, Baptist Health; Brad Keeton, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC; Carly Launius, Brown-Forman Corporation; Gladys Lopez, Norton Healthcare; Chris Manzo, SNDBX Design Collaborative; Janie Martin, Fund for the Arts; Rebecca Martin, Glenview Trust; Kathy Mayberry-Washington, Innovative Business & Diversity Solutions; Cortez McDaniel, Anthem, Inc.; Griffin Meredith, Commonwealth Insurance Partners; Heather Metts, LG&E and KU Energy; Maj. Brad Michel, Anchorage Middletown Fire and EMS; Lynn Moore, HJI Supply Chain Solutions; Christy Moreno, WHAS11; Carmen Moreno-Rivera, Louisville Metro Office for Performance Improvement & Innovation; Kourtney Nett, MCM CPAs & Advisors LLP; Jennifer Phipps, BrightSpring Health Services; Elizabeth Pilbean, Farm Credit Mid-America; Abby Piper, Jefferson County Public Schools; Andrew Pyles, Eclipse Bank; Teresa Reed, Ph.D, University of Louisville; Lori Richards, Lucina Analytics; Gregg Rochman, Shine Contracting; Sarah Rogers, Humana Inc.; Trevor Rohlf, ASRC-A Division of Michelin; Talley Russell, Humana Inc.; Victoria Russell, Papa John’s International; Christine Saladino, Trilogy Health Services; Robert Schmidlapp, Kentucky Performing Arts; Jean Scott, PNC Bank; Jason Smith, Fultz Maddox Dickens PLC; Nick Storm, United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Kentucky; Shalini Sutaria, Humana Inc.; Monalisa Tailor, M.D., Greater Louisville Medical Society; Shea Van Hoy, Louisville Business First; Lindsay Wehr, Kosair Charities; Rebecca Weis, Stites & Harbison, PLLC; Craig White, Horseshoe Southern Indiana; and Nancy York, Ph.D, Bellarmine University.

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 civic 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 social impact leadership 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 connect leaders and motivate positive change. Learn more at www.leadershiplouisville.org.

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