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Explore Your Community. Make New Connections. Magnify Your Impact.

About the Program


For more than 30 years, Focus Louisville has offered 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.

Next sessions in 2018: May 17-19 | Sep. 20-22 | Nov. 29 – Dec. 1


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  • “I think I learned more about Louisville in the past 8 hrs than I have in the 10 months I’ve lived here. Thanks for a great experience Leadership Louisville Center! ”
    Kathryn Parrish, Senior Account Executive – RunSwitch Public Relations

  • “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

  • “These days in the Focus Louisville class made me excited to get involved in the community. I found that there are organizations that strike a spark within me, I just didn’t know about them yet!”
    Katie Bennett, Mechanical Engineer – Louisville Gas & Electric Company

  • “The program was outstanding and completely exceeded my expectations. Getting to meet all the dynamic people attending Focus as well as all the community leaders was the very best part. The program manages to attract people from all walks of life, who interact and begin new chapters in making Louisville a more dynamic city.”
    Kathy Stearman – FBI (retired)

  • “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

  • “I entered Focus Louisville intent on making connections in the business community and learning more about the city I’ve called home for more than a decade. The program more than delivered on my expectations, and was great on a personal professional level – I’ve already had several follow-up conversations with classmates.”
    Shea Van Hoy, Managing Editor – Louisville Business First

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.


Focus Louisville program tuition is $600, which includes meals, transportation, parking and materials. Limited scholarships are available based on need. Have questions about scholarships? Contact Angella Wilson or call (502) 561-0458 for more information. To request a Focus Louisville scholarship, click here. Scholarships will only be considered before registration.


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


Presenting sponsor

Ford Motor Company

Supporting sponsor