Applications are now open for the Ignite Louisville Class of 2014

For Immediate Release

Award-winning talent development program now recruiting its 11th Class

Ignite LouisvilleLouisville, Kentucky (June 3, 2013) – The Leadership Louisville Center invites high-potential young professionals to apply for the Ignite Louisville Class of 2014, an opportunity like no other for building the skills, problem-solving abilities and connections essential to professional success.  The award-winning program, presented by Norton Healthcare, has graduated over 450 up-and-coming leaders and is now entering its eleventh year of preparing next generation talent for expanded roles in their organizations and in the community.  Applications will be accepted June 3 – July 26, 2013.  Visit for complete program and application details.  For more information, contact Jennifer Stevens at (502) 561-5231 or

Ignite Louisville recently earned a national award for “Excellence in Innovation” from the Association of Leadership Programs. Ignite Louisville is a seven-month program that grows the next generation of leaders by developing key components of leadership. Many of the region’s top corporations share their best practices and provide Ignite Louisville’s leadership training. Partners include Norton Healthcare, Yum! Brands, Inc., Brown-Forman Corporation, Northwestern Mutual and the U.S. Army.  Another component of the program, the exclusive Northwestern Mutual Networking Series, connects the class with high profile community leaders, developing networking skills and beneficial professional connections.

In addition to the program’s core curriculum, Ignite Louisville teams participate in the Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge and take on a project proposed by a local nonprofit, gaining hands-on experience performing on a team and serving the community. The Leadership Louisville Center received a Pyramid Award for Collaboration from the Center for Nonprofit Excellence for the Challenge.

Ignite Louisville was founded by the Leadership Louisville Center in 2003 in partnership with the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL) and the Louisville Urban League Young Professionals (LULYP).

Quotes from Ignite Louisville 2013 graduates:

  • ·         “As a recent transplant to Louisville, Ignite Louisville didn’t just open doors for me, it kicked them down! The access to training, facilities and community leaders was outstanding, and the new friendships convinced me that Louisville is a place to call home.”

Jonathan Hall, IL ’13 – Director of Operational Excellence, Horseshoe Southern Indiana

  • “Ignite Louisville exceeded my expectations and is truly one of the best things I’ve done for my personal and professional development.” 

Amanda Bledsoe, IL ’13 Senior Analyst, Global System Communications – Yum! Brands, Inc.

About the Leadership Louisville Center:

Created in 1979, the Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement.  Its mission is to grow and connect a diverse network of leaders who serve as catalysts for a world-class community through dynamic programming and strong community connections.  Over 6,000 community leaders have graduated from the Center’s programs that include Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville and Bingham Fellows.  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.

For more information, contact:
Holly Prather
Vice President – Marketing
Direct:  (502) 753-6503  Main: (502) 561-0458


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