Applications now open for Ignite Louisville, the region’s premier talent development experience

The Leadership Louisville Center invites high-potential professionals to apply for its Ignite Louisville program, which offers two classes each year. The award-winning program, presented by Norton Healthcare, has graduated over 1,000 rising leaders since 2004 and prepares next-generation talent for expanded roles in their organizations and in the community.

Applications are now open through February 24, 2020 for the next two classes. One will be from April – October 2020 and the other will be October 2020 – April 2021.  Visit for complete program and application details, or contact Aimee Jewell at (502) 561-5221, The Leadership Louisville Center will host an overview session about the program on Tuesday, January 28 from 7:30-9:00am. All are invited, but RSVPs are necessary and available at this link

Ignite Louisville is a six-month program that is the region’s highest credential for emerging leaders. Participants enjoy exclusive access to leadership training from the Leadership Louisville Center and top partners including Norton Healthcare, Brown-Forman Corporation, the U.S. Army, and David Novak’s Leadership Program. 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 for success.

Nonprofits interested in working with an Ignite Louisville team may submit a proposal through February 14, 2020. 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:

“Ignite Louisville gave me friendships, confidence, and the ability to think outside of my usual perspective. The chance to learn about other industries made me a stronger leader in my company and the community, and I know that Ignite Louisville opened doors that would have otherwise remained shut.”

  • Lindsay Wehr, Senior Vice President, Kosair Charities

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 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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