Applications are now open for two Ignite Louisville classes

The Leadership Louisville Center invites high-potential professionals to apply for its Ignite Louisville program, which now offers two classes each year. The award-winning program, presented by Norton Healthcare, has graduated over 745 rising leaders since 2004 and serves as a talent development program that builds the skills, problem-solving abilities and connections essential for expanded leadership responsibilities.

Applications are now open through August 11, 2017 for the next two 7-month classes. One will run from  October 2017 – April 2018 and the second will run from April – October 2018.  Visit for complete program and application details, or contact Angella Wilson at (502) 561-5211 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 is the region’s highest credential for emerging leaders. Participants enjoy exclusive access to leadership training from the region’s top corporations, including Norton Healthcare, Yum! Brands, Inc., Brown-Forman Corporation and the U.S. Army.  In addition to the program’s cYum! IGNITES Louisville Challengeore 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. 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. Nonprofits interested in working with an Ignite Louisville team may submit a proposal from July 20th through September 1st, 2017.  For additional details, visit

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:

“What a great experience! It was a truly fun and informative journey. I feel so much better equipped to take on leadership roles and am excited about continuing to be engaged in the community.”

  • Allison Brown (IL Spring 2016), Attorney, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP


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, Bingham Fellows, and Encore Louisville.  The Leadership Green Room was launched in 2015 and serves as the training and talent development arm of the Center, expanding the resources available to the region’s business community and employee base.  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.  Learn more at


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For more information, contact:

Holly Prather, Vice President

Direct:  (502) 609-9227