Applications open for Bingham Fellows 2018 – “A Safe & Thriving City: Strengthening our Community’s Ability to Prevent Violence”

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 2018 Bingham Fellows will be: A Safe and Thriving City: Strengthening our Community’s Ability to Prevent Violence.

Applications for the Bingham Fellows Class of 2018 are being accepted through October 27 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 December 2018.  For more information, contact Angella Wilson at (502) 561-5221 or

The Bingham Fellows Class of 2017 will soon announce their projects around the topic, “Winning the Talent of the Future.” Mark your calendar for their graduation and project announcements on October 19.

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.

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 26th 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 7,000 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) 753-6503

Main: (502) 561-0458