A recent study by Gallup revealed that 21% of millennials say they’ve changed jobs within the past year (more than three times the rate of any other generation that responded). Further, only 60% of millennials strongly agreed that they planned on staying with their current company in the next year. This isn’t surprising given that they were also found to be the least engaged generation in their workplaces.

When asked what their employees could do to retain them, advancement opportunities was one of the most common response in a survey cited by Forbes – which shows how important building a growth culture is for companies like yours.

The Ignite Louisville program is a win-win-win for employers:

  • Young professionals build stronger leadership skills and an expanded network to bring more value to their role
  • Employers have the opportunity to reward and engage their young talent, reinforcing their status as a great place to work
  • All-inclusive leadership experience with 50 hours of professional development training and nearly 100 hours in applied teamwork during the six-month program

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What is the Ignite Louisville program? 

Designed for young professionals and up-and-coming leaders, Ignite Louisville is an award-winning six-month leadership development program. If accepted to this competitive program, participants will experience one day per month of professional development from our community’s top trainers. ­They then put these skills into action with teams of peers to implement significant positive outcomes for a local nonprofit, advancing our nonprofit sector and developing participants ability to work on a high-performing team in a fast-paced environment.

Ignite Louisville participants represent some of the region’s most successful organizations. The curriculum, network-building, and hands-on work experienced in this program can benefit up and coming leaders across all sectors, industries, and backgrounds.

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The Ignite Louisville program is generously sponsored by:

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“Brown-Forman has been a long-time supporter of the Center, particularly the Ignite Louisville program. We believe it is an excellent way to develop important skills for our up-and-coming leaders who live and work here in Kentucky. The program teaches participants how to influence without authority, leverage diversity, diagnose issues, and lead change. Brown-Forman employees who participate in Ignite Louisville bring these leadership skills back to their day jobs and can apply their learning to the roles they have today and will have in the future.”
– Kirsten Hawley, Senior Vice President, Chief People, Places, & Communications Officer –

Our Curriculum

Participants get top training from some of the region’s most high-profile corporations, covering essential leadership competencies such as:

  • Self-assessment and leveraging strengths
  • Achieving sustainable results
  • Conflict management and building collaborative relationships
  • Influencing and engaging others
  • Cultivating and implementing innovative ideas

Details and Tuition

  • Dates and Deadlines: Ignite Louisville is offered October -April. See our program calendar for our next cohorts’ dates. 
  • Time Commitment: The program includes a mandatory two-day opening retreat, followed by one full program day per month and time spent working with a nonprofit partner in the Ignite Louisville Challenge civic leadership project.
  • Tuition: Tuition for Ignite Louisville is $4,200. This includes overnight retreat lodging, meals, and materials. Partial tuition assistance through Leadership Louisville Center is available based on need if your organization cannot fully fund a participant.

Next Steps

Interested in learning more about how Ignite Louisville can be a key piece in your young talent development and retention strategy? Schedule a call with Sara Bowman, and she’ll help you determine if this program is a good fit for your company and help identify the best candidates:

sbowman@leadershiplouisville.org | (502) 753-1492 (direct)
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Invite them to visit our website or attend one of our upcoming information sessions:

April 26, 2023   June 7, 2023 

The Ignite Louisville program is generously sponsored by:

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