Applications Open for Bingham Fellows 2017, “Winning the Talent of the Future”

Louisville, Kentucky (August 29, 2016) – Each year, local leaders selected for the Leadership Louisville Center’s Bingham Fellows program are tasked with an issue of importance in the community and asked to tap into their imagination and talent for gathering critical resources to create social change. The topic for the 2017 Bingham Fellows will be: Winning the Talent of the Future, working to advance Louisville’s ability to develop, retain and attract the talent we need to compete and thrive.  The 2017 class is generously supported by UPS.

Applications for the Bingham Fellows Class of 2017 are being accepted through October 14 at  Individuals who want to experience an unmatched practicum in change management and group dynamics while using their broad knowledge base and range of experience to move the needle on this important community issue should apply.  The upcoming program year begins in January and ends in October 2017.  For more information, contact Angella Wilson at (502) 561-5221 or

The Bingham Fellows Class of 2016 will soon announce their projects around the topic, “Empowering Citizens to Live Healthier Lives.” Mark your calendar for their graduation and project announcements on October 20.

More about the 2017 Topic: Winning the Talent of the Future


Bingham Fellows 2017 is made possible with generous support from UPS.

Louisville, and the rest of the U.S., has seen a major shift in its workforce over the last 30 years. Manufacturing jobs have declined while service and technical jobs have increased, and the skills needed to fill these jobs have changed as well. With a strong tradition of manufacturing, Louisville was significantly affected by this shift, and we have fallen behind our peer cities in attracting new talent, particularly millennials, and training our existing residents with the skills needed to fill the jobs of today.  In order for Louisville to stay competitive and have a thriving economy, we must aggressively develop talent locally, as well as recruit and attract skilled professionals.  The Bingham Fellows Class of 2017 will work to advance Louisville’s ability to develop, retain and attract the talent we need to compete and thrive. Learn more

About the Bingham Fellows program:

The Bingham Fellows program is the advanced leadership program of the Leadership Louisville Center.  For over 20 years, Bingham Fellows has provided experienced leaders with the opportunity to put into practice the skills that credential them as a leader of leaders.  Side by side with peers, participants work to develop dynamic and innovative solutions to our community’s most pressing challenges.  Bingham Fellows was created in 1988 through a $500,000 endowment from the Mary and Barry Bingham Sr. Fund. The participants are social entrepreneurs who have both a vision and the ability to assemble the resources required to implement that vision and address obvious social needs.  Now entering its 25th year, the Bingham Fellows have had an impressive track record of providing emerging issues with visibility and momentum.  In recent years, they’ve developed the West Louisville community development organization OneWest, contributed to the development of a long-term vision for our community, enhanced environmental responsibility through initiatives at the grassroots and policy levels, worked to attract and retain talent with an internship program now managed by Greater Louisville Inc. and helped form the Kentucky Indiana Exchange, a regional leadership coalition.  The impact of the Fellows goes back to the 1990s with the creation of The Housing Partnership, construction of the Presbyterian Community Center, growth of local farmers’ markets and numerous other positive outcomes.

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 at 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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