Leading for the Future - 2017 Leadership Summit

The Best of Leadership Summit is presented by PNC


2017 Leadership Summit

March 9, 2017

Thanks to all who attended and all the sponsors!


The 2017 Leadership Summit is presented by PNC

More than 300 regional leaders attended the day of learning and discovery focused on Leading for the Future at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on March 9th. Three keynote speakers highlighted the day, including Connectional Intelligence expert Erica Dhawan; futurist, author, University of Louisville professor and composer, Dr. Nat Irvin, II; and Trey Grayson, President & CEO, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Breakout sessions featured leaders from Amazon, El Toro, Brown-Forman Corp., The Parklands of Floyds Fork, Louisville Metro and others. Participants interacted with eerily real-looking artificial intelligence robots from the Speed Scientific School, and Brown-Forman Corp. opened our eyes to virtual reality. Vizionair drones captured the scene with video and more.

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Leadership SummitLeading for the Future is the driving force behind the 2017 Summit, with keynote speakers and interactive workshops all delivering performance-boosting learning to influence future success. Workshops will focus on: Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Community.

Curriculum included:

  • Leading-edge theory and practices such as connectional intelligence and breakthrough innovation;
  • Deeper skills development around generational challenges, inclusive leadership and mindfulness; and
  • Cutting-edge applications of future-oriented leadership that will inspire and amaze!

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Erica Dhawan. Photo by Jason Cohn

Morning Keynote Speaker:
Erica Dhawan – Author, strategist & the world’s foremost expert on collaboration and connectional intelligence

Called the third wave of intelligence after IQ and emotional intelligence, Connectional Intelligence is the ability to drive innovation and breakthrough results by harnessing the power of relationships and networks. “Successful leaders cultivate it; big thinkers who produce the latest technology revel in it; people who aim to change the world—one small step or large-scale project at a time—know that lasting results are impossible without it. It’s a type of intelligence all of us are not only capable of nurturing, but one we should be prioritizing.”

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Certification credits

The HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) approved the 2017 Leadership Summit for 4.75 re-certification credit hours. The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.


With an attendance of more than 300 community leaders, your company will have the opportunity to connect with a highly desirable audience throughout the event while accessing top talent in our region, providing an exceptional return on investment.

Contact Jennifer Stevens at (502) 561-0458 or email, to learn more about sponsorship benefits.

Presenting sponsor


Speaker Sponsor


Gold Sponsor



VIP Sponsor

Northwestern Mutual

Silver Sponsors

Delta Dental of KentuckyInsider Louisville
Kosair CharitiesLouisville Business First
Louisville Magazine
Louisville Public MediaMPI Printing

Outfront Media
Kosair CharitiesThe Lane Report University of Louisville College of BusinessParkerLane

Patron Sponsors

ARGI Financial Group
Jefferson Community & Technical College
Louisville Collegiate School
Louisville Metro Government
Louisville Metro Department of Information Technology
MCM CPAs & Advisors
Passport Health Plan
Stites & Harbison
Texas Roadhouse
University of Louisville College of Business
University of Louisville Commission on the Status of Women
Volunteers of America Mid-States
U.S. Census Bureau