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.

The Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and training. Since 1979 we’ve offered dynamic programming and the strong community connections that turn potential into achievement.

As partners, sponsors or program participants, businesses and organizations enjoy an increase in professional contacts across industries, greater exposure for their businesses and access to decision-makers in the community. Our region’s most influential community trustees are part of the Leadership Louisville Center’s network of leaders.

Why invest in leadership development? (PDF download from the Center for Creative Leadership

How can the Center help your business? That depends upon your needs.

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I want better, stronger leaders in my organization

Better tools make better leaders

From emerging leaders and civic-minded employees to recently recruited talent and established executives, our programs and skills-development workshops offer substantial return on your human capital investment.

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Read on to learn about the unique benefits of each of our programs:

Focus Louisville

A 2 ½ day exploration of Louisville, designed to build a deeper connection to our community and introduction to community leadership. For newcomers or native Louisvillians.

How your organization benefits:

  • A unique way to enhance operational training, as well as recognize and reward top talent.
  • A more personal, more informational way to introduce employees to all that Louisville has to offer.
  • Valuable new relationships that can result in new opportunities and added visibility for your organization.
  • Exposure among civic-minded entrepreneurs, managers, educators, senior executives of major corporations and nonprofit organizations, and young professionals.

Time commitment: Two and one half days
Investment: $900

Ignite Louisville

Leadership development training for emerging leaders between ages of 25 and 45, presented by the region’s top corporations. Young professional participants also gain hands-on experience working with a team for a local nonprofit.

How your organization benefits:

  • Better, stronger leaders regardless of the size of your organization.
  • There’s no other way to gain valuable business connections and have this type of access with the region’s top corporations.
  • Local recognition as an organization dedicated to professional development in our community.
  • Exposure among high-potential talent positioned to be tomorrow’s leaders.

Time commitment:
Six months, including a two-day overnight opening retreat followed by one full day per month, plus time spent on the nonprofit service project. Optional networking opportunities.
Investment: $4,200

Leadership Louisville

Our signature community leadership program preparing established leaders to take their place as effective community leaders with new knowledge, connections and perspectives. Many of our community’s most recognizable leaders are graduates of the Leadership Louisville program.

How your organization benefits:

  • Participants meet new people, including fellow community leaders, establishing connections and expanding their circle of influence.
  • Foundations are provided for executives to deepen individual connections to the community resulting in more committed organizational leaders.
  • Relationships are established that will provide new opportunities to serve the community and deal firsthand with vital local issues.
  • Exposure among the executives and leaders of the region’s leading corporations, nonprofit organizations and industries of all types.

Time commitment: Ten months, including a two-day overnight opening retreat followed by one full day per month. Optional enhancements opportunities.
Investment: $5,500

Bingham Fellows

For over 20 years, this advanced leadership program has provided experienced leaders with the opportunity to take action and develop real solutions for our community’s most pressing problems.

How your organization benefits:

  • Gain an insider’s view and insights to particular community issues.
  • There’s simply no better way to meet and work with the area’s top experts and key players.
  • Advanced leadership experience in thinking big and effecting significant change.
  • Exposure among a high-profile group of community leaders and decision-makers.

Time commitment: One full day per month for twelve months, including a two-day retreat, plus time spent outside of class on projects
Investment: $4,500

Encore Louisville

Launched in 2014, Encore Louisville is the Leadership Louisville Center’s newest program. It was created to leverage the talent, skills, and experience of senior leaders who are transitioning out of the workforce. Participants pool their expertise to help nonprofits manage critical strategic issues. In this way, our community’s star talent continues to engage in high-impact civic leadership. They stay connected with professional peers and enjoy a flexible, self-directed time commitment. Community nonprofits, and those they serve benefit from the expertise of the highest-level community trustees. There is no cost to the nonprofit agencies.

Time commitment: The program will take place over 11 months, and involves program days in January, April, August, and November (typically 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) Participants self-select to take part in two to four projects over the course of the year. Each of these projects will involve a maximum of 15-20 hours each.
Investment: $295 (includes program tuition and membership dues)