What is Ignite Louisville?

What skills will I build in this program?

What is the Ignite Louisville experience like?

What companies does the Leadership Louisville Center work with to make Ignite Louisville possible?

What can I expect to take away from Ignite Louisville?

What is the Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge?

Who should apply for Ignite Louisville?

What are the time commitments involved?

What is the cost?

Are scholarships available?

How many people are invited to participate each year?

I’m interested, but I don’t know if my employer will support me. What should I do?

How do I submit an application?

What can I do to strengthen my application?

What happens after my application is submitted?


What is Ignite Louisville?

Ignite Louisville is a seven-month program that cultivates high-potential professionals under 40, by developing key components of leadership – competencies, networking, community understanding and engagement. Sponsored by Norton Healthcare, the program provides emerging leaders with the skills, confidence, problem-solving abilities and high-profile connections essential to professional success and to achieving their personal leadership goals.

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What skills will I build in this program?

Ignite Louisville partners with many of the region’s top corporations to provide leadership training from their executive teams and internal universities. Program participants learn best practices for building capability, realizing potential and driving breakthrough results; leveraging competencies; managing their personal brand; and effectively managing change within an organization. Through the Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge, the service-learning component of the program, participants gain insight into the inner-workings of nonprofit organizations. They also gain hands-on experience in community leadership, board involvement and teamwork.

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What is the Ignite Louisville experience like?

The Ignite Louisville program is offered twice a year, with one class beginning annually in April and another beginning in October. During the program year, the class enjoys an overnight opening retreat and meets one day per month at varying locations in the Louisville community. At each program day, participants learn best practices from top local corporations, connect with key leaders and decision-makers in the community and have the opportunity to work in teams for the Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge.

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What companies help to make Ignite Louisville possible?

Ignite Louisville is sponsored by:

  • Norton Healthcare, (presenting sponsor)
  • Yum! Brands Inc., (sponsor of the Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge)
  • Brown-Forman Corporation

Ignite Louisville is also supported by Horseshoe Southern Indiana, and the U.S. Army.

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What can I expect to take away from Ignite Louisville?

Participants enjoy unforgettable experiences, training and relationships that pay dividends personally and professionally. Ignite Louisville allows our region’s top young professionals to gain enhanced community visibility, public recognition for themselves and their company, and proven credentials to take on leadership roles and serve in board positions.  Ignite Louisville also provides priceless training from Louisville’s most influential corporations, interaction with top leaders, and hands-on experience through the program’s nonprofit challenge.

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What is the Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge?

The Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge is the service learning component of the Ignite Louisville program. Ignite Louisville participants are placed in small teams and choose a project from among many submitted by local nonprofit agencies in need. They are challenged to combine their Ignite Louisville training with their professional expertise to work with the nonprofit’s leadership and board members to implement innovative, lasting solutions. The results are impactful and impressive. Learn more about the Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge.

Since the inception of the Challenge in 2004, Louisville’s brightest young professionals have elevated more than 85 nonprofit organizations.

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Who should apply for Ignite Louisville?

Ignite Louisville is designed for leaders who are on the path to becoming a significant decision-maker within their organization.  Applicants are typically between the ages of 25-40, with the average applicant in his or her mid-thirties.  Leaders both above and below this mean are still welcome and encouraged to apply.  The most critical factor is where each potential applicant is on his or her leadership journey.

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What are the time commitments involved?

Participation in the Ignite Louisville program requires a commitment to attend each of the monthly program days in their entirety.  Click here to review the dates.  The two-day overnight opening retreat is mandatory. Program days take place from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Absence from more than one program day (or equivalent hours) could result in dismissal from the program.

A major component of the program is the Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge, which is a small-group community service project that puts leadership training into practice. This project will require a significant investment of time outside of program days. It is mandatory that each participant is actively engaged with his or her project. Learn more about the Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge.

To commit to the Ignite Louisville program and the Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge will require support from the participant’s employer and family. The program is only successful when all participants are committed to its completion.

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What is the cost?

Ignite Louisville program tuition is $3,800, which includes overnight retreat lodging (double occupancy), meals and materials.

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Are scholarships available?

Scholarships are available based on need. The scholarship application is part of the program application. Applications should be prepared to state their reasons for requesting a scholarship and the amount desired. Please note that the Leadership Louisville Center does not award full scholarships and at this time, the typical scholarship award does not exceed one half ($1,900) of the program tuition.

Scholarship requests are considered only after the class selection process is complete and will in no way impact consideration of an Ignite Louisville application.

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How many people are invited to participate each year?

Ignite Louisville classes are usually made up of about 40 – 45 participants.

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I’m interested, but I don’t know if my employer will support me. What should I do?

Employers benefit from your participation in many ways, including the development of better, stronger leaders who are positioned to bring value and connections to their companies for years to come. Sponsoring companies also receive local recognition for their dedication to professional development in the community and gain valuable business connections through an employee’s participation. Click here for more reasons why your organization benefits.

Let the Leadership Louisville Center make the case for your participation in the class! Employers can contact Angella Wilson at (502) 561-5221 to learn how valuable Ignite Louisville can be for employers.

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How do I submit an application?

Ignite Louisville is Louisville’s highest credential for emerging leaders and the application process is extremely competitive. Some participants must apply multiple years before receiving acceptance to the program. There is no fee to apply.

Applications for the classes that begins in October 2017 and April 2018 will be open between July 3, 2017 and August 11, 2017.

A link to the application will be available at https://www.leadershiplouisville.org/ignite-louisville/. Other helpful information on how and when to apply is also available on this page.

A completed Ignite Louisville application consists of the following components:

  • A completed online application;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • A completed Supervisor Commitment form; and
  • A headshot suitable for print and online use.

Applications are not considered complete until these components are submitted.

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What can I do to strengthen my application?

The Leadership Louisville Center recommends that Ignite Louisville candidates first participate in Focus Louisville, the Center’s “gateway” program. Focus Louisville is a 2 1/2 day activity-filled program that offers everyone from newcomers to native Louisvillians a fascinating, insider’s look at our community. It’s designed to give leaders a more complete view and understanding of Louisville along with a better sense of how to put leadership into action.  Participation in Focus Louisville also allows potential Ignite Louisville applicants to explore the Center’s style of experiential learning.

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What happens after my application is submitted?

Applications are considered complete once all components of the application have been received by the Leadership Louisville Center.  A selection committee comprised of members of the Leadership Louisville Center Board of Directors determine which applicants will be invited to participate in Ignite Louisville.

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