Ignite Louisville Class of Spring 2018 Announced

Ignite Louisville is a leadership development program for young professionals. Participants learn leadership training from Louisville's top corporations and put their learnings into practice via a service learning project. Forty-one emerging leaders have been selected for the Leadership Louisville Center’s Ignite Louisville Class of Spring 2018 that will run from October 2017 – April 2018.  This is the 19th class of the award-winning program, presented by Norton Healthcare, which has graduated over 800 up-and-coming leaders and offers two classes each year, preparing next-generation talent for expanded roles in their organizations and in the community.

Ignite Louisville is a seven-month program that grows mid-level professionals by developing the key components of leadership. In addition to the core curriculum developed by Norton Healthcare, Yum! Brands, Inc., Brown-Forman Corporation, and the U.S. Army, the class will continue participating in the Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge.  The Challenge provides an opportunity for the class to take on a project proposed by a local nonprofit and gain hands-on experience performing on a team and serving the community. Ignite Louisville and the Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge recently earned a national award for “Excellence in Innovation” from the Association of Leadership Programs.

Members of the Ignite Louisville Class of Spring 2018 (October 2017 – April 2018) are (click for photo roster):

Lisa Baunach, University of Louisville; Natalie Brown-Radtke, Catholic Charities; Perla DeSantiago-Dunn, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.; Dale Douthat, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville; Chelsey Duncan, Brown-Forman Corporation; Eboni Edwards, LG&E and KU Services LLC; Brandon Estenfelder, Abel Construction Company; Luke Etheredge, Kentucky Farm Bureau; Isaac Fain, Craig Henry PLC; Elly Faulkner, Munson Business Interiors; Alecia Fuller, Centerstone Kentucky, Inc.; Nicole Gallahue, EDR Systems, LLC; Courtney Glenny, Fund for the Arts; Kelly Gold, Alliance Cost Containment, LLC; Raymond Goose, Texas Roadhouse; Meghan Greeley, Humana Inc.; Ebony Harris, Louisville Metro Government; Martin Hjalm, Brown-Forman Corporation; Laura Jacobs, Humana Inc.; Aaron Jahn, GE Appliances, a Haier company; Tracy Karem, Louisville Public Media; Sarah Kays, Vivid Impact; George Kington, River City Bank; Abby Link, Uspiritus; Tori Macke, Mercer; Mae Marks, Health Enterprises Network; Emily McKinney, Frost Brown Todd LLC; Marty Merkel, JRA Architects; Katherine  North, RunSwitch PR; Eric Olson, The Oliver Group, Inc.; Jantzen O’Neal, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC); Danielle Palmer, Bandy Carroll Hellige; Trevor Park, Yum! Brands, Inc.; Chris Rambicure, Kaplan & Partners LLC; Shane Raymond, Hilliard Lyons; Kristen Shive, Mirazon; Kevin  Spencer, Humana Inc.; Dennis Stilger, Concord, LP; Stephanie Ubelhart, Norton Healthcare; Wit Wang, Bluegrass International Fund; and Danielle Withers, Humana, Inc.

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 www.leadershiplouisville.org.

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For more information, contact:
Holly Prather
Vice President
Direct:  (502) 753-6503
Main:  (502) 561-0458
hprather@leadershiplouisville.org