National association names Knapek as board chair

Leadership Louisville Center president Cynthia Knapek to serve as board chair of National Association of Leadership Programs

Cynthia Knapek

The Leadership Louisville Center is pleased to share that president Cynthia Knapek will serve as the Board Chair of the Association of Leadership Programs (ALP), the nation’s largest network of leadership programs. Her one-year term begins in December 2018. This role allows Knapek to lead the advancement of the effectiveness of community leadership programs and professionals across the country. The field of community leadership involves looking at situations, opportunities, or challenges through the lens of the whole community, and pursuing a course that builds the well-being of all.

“I believe in the work being done in community leadership programs across the country to strengthen our social fabric. Our peers in cities and counties large and small help people find their passion for service and they help connect diverse thinkers – two things we all need to be focused on more now than ever,” said Knapek. “I am excited to serve as national board chair to grow everyone’s capacity to do this work and create real impact both for the communities and the thousands of alumni we serve.”

As chair, Cynthia Knapek of the Leadership Louisville Center will serve alongside the following fellow Executive Committee members:
Vice Chair: Kay Fitzsimons, Leadership North Houston, TX; Secretary: Jessie Baginski, Leadership Lake County, OH; Treasurer: David Sachs, LEADERship Baltimore, MD; Past Chair: Juliann Jankowski, Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka, IN; and Governance Chair, Tammy White, Leadership Knoxville, TN.

About the Association of Leadership Programs (ALP):
ALP is a community of leadership programs for professionals who are doing great things in their communities. The Association strives to recognize excellence, foster innovation, share best practices, build networks with colleagues, and provide educational training and development to advance the effectiveness of community leadership programs and professionals.

The Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement. With a purpose to inspire and equip leaders to be better and do better, it has graduated over 10,000 through its civic programs since 1979. The Center is recognized as a national best practice and is known for its dynamic programming and strong community connections. Programming includes five civic programs (Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Bingham Fellows and Encore Louisville), leadership skills training courses presented through the Leadership Green Room, and events designed to motivate positive change.
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