From a very competitive pool of candidates, forty-one community leaders have been selected to participate in the Leadership Louisville Center’s Bingham Fellows Class of 2018. The topic for the 2018 Bingham Fellows will be: A Safe and Thriving City: Strengthening our Community’s Ability to Prevent Violence. The 2018 topic is a critical issue for our community and the class will specifically work to address the social and economic root causes of violence in our city.
Members of the Bingham Fellows Class of 2018 are (see photo roster):
Maryam Ahmed, Mayor’s Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods; Sherman Brown, McCarthy Strategic Solutions; Shannon Cambron, Ed.D., Spalding University; Quaniqua Carthan, Cities United; Tiffany Cole Hall, Volunteers of America Mid-States; Kim Dodson, Citizens Union Bank; Gary Dryden, Jefferson Community and Technical College; Steve Durham, Louisville Metro Department of Corrections; Heather Gibson, The Healing Place; Rob Givens, RPG Consulting; Abby Goodloe, Humana Inc.; Jessica Green, Louisville Metro Council; Jessie Halladay, Louisville Metro Police; Jill Horn, Brown-Forman Corporation; Ken Howard, Peace Education Co.; Philip Imber, LG&E and KU Energy; Trinidad Jackson, University of Louisville; Bridgette Johnson, New Directions Housing Corporation; Josh Judah, Louisville Metro Police Department; John Launius, Greater Louisville Inc.; Terra Leavell, Canaan Community Development Corporation; Joe Magana, Norton Healthcare; Barbara Menefee, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP; Libby Mills, Restorative Justice Louisville; Ebony O’Rea, Making Changes Together, LLC; Bill Oldham, Sr., Middleton Reutlinger, PSC; Mary Ann Palmer, Texas Roadhouse; Ferdinand Risco, Jr., Transit Authority of River City (TARC); J. Christopher Sanders, Chris Sanders Law PLLC; Savvy Kareem-Abdul Shabazz, Reimage; William E. Summers V, Republic Bank; Lyndsey Taylor, GE Appliances, a Haier company; Daryle Unseld, Jr., Metro United Way; Jeff Wafford, UPS; David Weathersby, Centerstone of Kentucky; Bob Webb, Frost Brown Todd LLC; Stacy Williams, GBBN Architects; Tom Williams, Stoll Keenon Odgen; Marita Willis, American Red Cross; Walter Woods, Humana Foundation; and Katy Zeitz, Ed.S., Jefferson County Public Schools.
More about the 2018 Topic:
Safety is the basic ingredient for urban prosperity. The costs of violence on a city are incalculable – both the real and perceived safety of the city of Louisville affects all citizens and the businesses that support our economy. As we seek to be the location of choice for our families, employers and new residents, we must dedicate attention and resources to ensure the highest quality of life in Louisville.
Violence in any part of our city is a threat to prosperity everywhere. Far too many families and neighborhoods are grieving from the loss of life suffered from homicides, shootings, suicides and drug overdoses. For Louisville to be a safe, healthy and vibrant city, we must strengthen our community’s ability to prevent violence and work to resolve underlying issues that lead to it.
Community norms and actions can have tremendous impact in addressing the social and economic root causes of violence in cities. The Bingham Fellows Class of 2018 will gather participants from diverse backgrounds, experiences and skill sets to create the conditions for collective action, leading to a safer and more prosperous future for us all.