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Because Leadership Starts at Home.

About the Program

Ford Motor Company
PrintNow in its 30th year, Focus Louisville offers everyone from newcomers to native Louisvillians a fascinating insider’s look at our community. In 2 1/2 days, you will connect with 50 other executives and civic-minded Louisvillians you might not otherwise cross paths with in a lifetime. It’s all designed to give attendees a more complete view and understanding of Louisville, along with a better sense of how to put leadership into action.


  • “Growing up in the Louisville area, I was amazed at how much I learned about the city in such a short time. Focus Louisville made me excited to be a part of this great city – I am now motivated to find ways to give back.”
    Tami Hatfield-Kennedy, Training & Events Coordinator – Ford Motor Company

  • “As a newcomer to the city, Focus Louisville gave me an edge. I was able to learn more about Louisville and make new connections that have yielded interest in our mission and sparked potential collaborations.”
    Marta Miranda, President/CEO – The Center for Women and Families

  • “Through Focus Louisville I learned that Louisville is home to some incredible, game-changing work and play, both locally and globally.”
    Ken Selvaggi, Vice President and General Manager – WAVE-TV

  • “Through Focus Louisville, I have been exposed to so many things that have been right in my backyard but of which I was totally unaware. Certainly this new awareness will enable me to strive harder to help build/change our community.”
    Linda Johnson, Director of Membership Marketing – University Club

  • “JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens gave us a picture of where our school system stands in the scheme locally and nationally.  Her presentation changed my perception.”
    Dennis Ogbe, Global Community Relations Specialist – Brown-Forman Corporation

How Individuals Benefit

  • Inspiration through a hands-on learning experience of Louisville’s past, present and potential future.
  • Exposure to local leaders, issues and opportunities for community leadership.
  • New friendships, new ideas and new perspectives from a diverse group of people within our community.
  • Focus Louisville graduates have a stronger application for Ignite Louisville, Leadership Louisville, Bingham Fellows and Encore Louisville.

How Organizations Benefit

  • Unique way to enhance operational training, as well as recognize and reward top talent.
  • A more personal, more informational way to introduce new employees to all that Louisville has to offer.
  • Valuable new relationships that can result in new opportunities and added visibility for your organization.

Time commitment

Focus Louisville is 2 ½ days – Thursday and Friday, 8-5, Saturday, 8-noon.

Who Should Participate

Anyone with enthusiasm to learn more about Louisville and take a more active role as a citizen should participate in Focus Louisville. Typically, participants range from newcomers to the community to long-time residents.


For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions, or contact Angella Wilson at (502) 561-5221 or email.


Presenting sponsor

Ford Motor Company

Supporting sponsor

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Parks & Weisberg, Realtors