Construction now underway at 707 W. Main Street; Campaign 93% to Goal


Donors have until May 12 to be recognized with prism at new Leadership Louisville Center

The Leadership Louisville Center launched the Destination: LEADERSHIP campaign last fall with a $3 million fundraising goal to secure the purchase and renovations of approximately 10,000 square feet of office space for the Center’s new home at 707 West Main Street.  This new community convening space will better promote an exchange of ideas and collaboration, as well as provide the Center with the classroom space and modern technology needed to further its mission.

Renovations are now underway, managed by Miranda Construction, and the Center is expected to move in to the new space this summer.  Hundreds of campaign donors have pledged $2.8 million, or 93% towards the $3 million goal. The focal point of the Center’s lobby facing Main Street will be a large art installation composed of illuminated prisms that each showcase the donors that made the new home possible.  Donors have until May 12 to make a pledge towards the campaign and receive recognition on one of the prisms.  View donor recognition opportunities at this link.

Over $2.8 million has been pledged thanks to the generous support of leadership investors including:

  • James Graham Brown Foundation
  • Ed Glasscock
  • PNC Foundation
  • Sandra Frazier
  • Lift a Life Foundation
  • Brown-Forman Corporation
  • Humana Foundation
  • Lindy and Bill Street
  • Anonymous
  • Ina Brown Bond
  • Gheens Foundation
  • Norton Healthcare
  • D.D. Williamson & Co, Inc.

“As an alumni of the Center, I’m a great believer of the mission and the impact programs can have on individuals and businesses,” said Ryan Miranda, Owner of Miranda Construction, LLC and graduate of the Ignite Louisville Class of 2014. “Our goal at Miranda Construction is to do the best projects with the best people, and this is one of those projects. This will be a marquee office space for Louisville and we’re excited to be a part.”

For nearly four decades, the Leadership Louisville Center has been committed to growing the pillars of our community, and has established itself as a critical institution for cultivating business and civic leaders, creating a lifelong network of people who have a heart for our community. Over 7,000 individuals, many of our region’s most active and influential leaders, are alumni of the civic programs: Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Bingham Fellows, Ignite Louisville and Encore Louisville.  The Center is now calling on alumni and community friends to invest in having a world-class Leadership Center. A Center that builds our region’s leaders, and also attracts others from across the country to attend leadership programs in Louisville.

“We’re thankful for the generosity of the many organizations and individuals who share our vision for the future of the Leadership Louisville Center.  They understand that everything we can do to bring more people together and improve their ability to lead comes back to us tenfold,” said Ed Glasscock, chair of the Destination: LEADERSHIP campaign. “We see the potential of this major community asset and look forward to our alumni and friends getting us to 100% of our campaign goal and making our bold vision a reality.”

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Read Business First update – May 8, 2017

About 707 West Main Street:  View pre-construction tour video at this link.

“As the Leadership Louisville Center expands its offerings, its role as a community convener and regional leadership development provider is limited in our current space,” said Cynthia Knapek, president of the Leadership Louisville Center. “Our board is implementing a vision for a new home for the Leadership Louisville Center – a place to convene, to collaborate, to connect. A place that benefits the entire community. A place that will be a world-class destination for all those who believe leaders must truly be lifelong learners.”

The Center’s search for a new location began in January 2016 with goals to have great visibility, easy access for members and open and collaborative meeting and classroom space for members and staff.  After months of evaluation, 707 West Main Street, which is a two-story office condominium unit containing 10,000 square feet located in a historic building, was determined to be the best fit for the organization. It is a rare opportunity to find space on a prime corner of the downtown with street-level presence, windows on three sides with views of the Ohio River and Fort Nelson Park, access to green space for outdoor training sessions and close proximity to hotels and after-hours activities for out-of-town participants.  The Center plans to move in to the new space in summer 2017.

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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

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