PRATHER NAMED CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER & MILLER NAMED VICE PRESIDENT: ORGANIZATION GROWTH INCLUDES PROMOTION & NEW HIRE
As the Leadership Louisville Center continues to grow its programs and services, the leadership team is advancing to lead its expansion.
Holly Prather is now the Chief Operations Officer for the nonprofit organization founded in 1979, assuming leadership of marketing, public relations, and operations, which includes the advancement of strategic initiatives as well oversight of the finance, human resources, and IT functions. Prather was formerly a Vice President for the Center and has been with the organization since 2009. She has helped lead years of growth of the Center, with the launch of new programs and offerings designed to fulfill the Center’s purpose of inspiring and equipping leaders to be better and do better. Prather played a significant role in the creation and launch of the Center’s skills-training arm and the annual Best of Leadership Summit, two important factors of the organization’s growth as a national thought leader and best in class resource for social impact leadership. (bio below)
Aaron Miller has been promoted to Vice President of the Center. In this role, he will oversee all programming offered by the Center, including its five community leadership programs (Leadership Louisville, Bingham Fellows, Ignite Louisville, Focus Louisville, and Encore Louisville), events which range from small gatherings to the annual Leadership Louisville Luncheon and Best of Leadership Summit, and all skills-training offerings – which have expanded to include open registration courses and private training for organizations. Miller was formerly the Director of Community Leadership and has been with the organization since 2011. He has been responsible for delivering programs that are seen as national best practices, maintaining excellent participant experiences and strengthening the social fabric of our community. These programs, which also facilitate the organization’s Community Acceleration Teams, make possible thousands of high-level volunteer hours, and over $500K in value to dozens of local nonprofits and civic initiatives each year. (bio below)
“Over the last decade, the Leadership Louisville Center has grown from $1.5M in net assets to $5.5M. Holly’s capacity to drive growth and Aaron’s skillful craftsmanship of our programs has been essential in our success,” said Cynthia Knapek, CEO of the Center. “We believe that leadership development can be a force for good and that with each new learner who participates in our programs, we grow our opportunity to effect positive change. Aaron’s expanded focus on new program development will allow more people to have a Leadership Louisville Center experience and Holly’s stewardship of operations will accelerate our speed as a high-performance enterprise. Elevating the scope of their roles represents an exciting leap forward for the future impact of the Center.”
In addition to leadership advancement, the Center has promoted and hired new talent to deliver programs.
- Jo Lloyd-Triplett has been promoted to Senior Leadership Development Manager. With the Center since 2016, Lloyd-Triplett manages programming for the Center, developing curriculum and serving as a facilitator and instructor of the programs. She currently oversees the Bingham Fellows program and is leading the launch of new women’s programming. The promotion reflects her leadership in the growth of the Ignite Louisville program and facilitating the positive community impact of the Center. British born and educated, Lloyd-Triplett holds a Bachelor’s in Languages and Economics from the University of Sheffield. She has lived in the United States since 2004 and is the third country that she has called home. Before joining the Center, she was the Executive Director of Sister Cities of Louisville.
- Nubia Bennett was hired for new position, DEI & Leadership Development Manager. This is a new position created in April 2022, and Bennett is responsible for designing curriculum and facilitating programs including Leadership Louisville and Focus Louisville, as well as a new program soon launching in collaboration with the Center’s ERG IncLOUsion Council. Her background in diversity, equity, and inclusion will further advance the Leadership Louisville Center’s emphasis on creating spaces where groups can have challenging conversations and drive positive community change. Prior to joining the Leadership Louisville Center, Bennett was the Program Coordinator – Diversity Education & and Inclusive Excellence for the University of Louisville (UofL). She has a Master’s of Education and Bachelor’s in Communication from UofL.
MORE ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP TEAM:
HOLLY PRATHER is Chief Operations Officer of the Leadership Louisville Center, helping drive the strategic direction of the organization and overseeing the marketing, public relations, finance, human resources, and IT functions. She was promoted to this position in 2022 after serving as Vice President since 2011. She began her career with the Center as Marketing and Communications Manager in 2009. Her leadership has contributed to recognition for the Center as a national best practice and years of growth that includes the launch of new programs and creation of the Best of Leadership Summit and the Leadership Green Room.
Prior to joining the Leadership Louisville Center in 2009, she was Community and Government Relations Manager for the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) in Louisville, responsible for strategic planning and implementing communications programs for external and internal audiences. She also served on the public relations team for Doe Anderson, with clients in the arts, online services and the financial industry.
Prather has a Master’s degree in Communications from Webster University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Communication from Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY. She serves on the executive committee and board of directors for Metro United Way, was the past president of the Bluegrass Chapter of PRSA, was named one of Business First’s Forty Under 40 in 2015, and is a graduate of Focus Louisville.
Prather resides in Louisville with her husband Nathan and two daughters, Olivia and Abigail.
AARON MILLER is the Vice President of the Leadership Louisville Center, overseeing all programming offered by the organization. This includes five community leadership programs (Leadership Louisville, Bingham Fellows, Ignite Louisville, Focus Louisville, and Encore Louisville), events ranging from small to large (over 1,000 attendees), and all skills-training offerings. Miller was formerly the Director of Community Leadership and has been with the organization since 2011.
He has been responsible for delivering programs that are seen as national best practices, maintaining excellent participant experiences and strengthening the social fabric of our community. The Encore Louisville program is the newest addition, which was co-created by Miller and a team of Leadership Louisville Center graduates in 2014.
Prior to joining the Center, Miller spent the previous 17 years in broadcasting, working as a radio morning show host and promotions/marketing director. Miller was elected to two terms as a city council member for the city of Lyndon in 2002 and 2004, and he currently sits on the board of the Lincoln Heritage Council of Boy Scouts of America, the Catholic Foundation of Louisville, and is a member of the Louisville Free Public Library Advisory Commission.
In 2015, Business First magazine named him one of “20 People to Know in Nonprofits.” He has received other awards including Business First’s Forty Under 40 in 2010, the Young Professionals Association of Louisville’s President’s Award in 2009, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Strength Award in 2007 and Hope Award in 2004.
Miller resides in Louisville with his wife Susan and two children, Maggie and Charlie.
ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP LOUISVILLE CENTER
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 community leadership 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. Learn more at www.leadershiplouisville.org.
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