As a result of our programs, graduates are inspired with a sense of ownership in our region’s future and have the knowledge and network to thrive as a community leader. Our programs and events offer participants an increase in professional contacts, exposure for their businesses and access to decision-makers in the community. As members, our graduates extend and deepen the experience by staying connected to community issues and fellow graduates.

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.

Which program is right for you?


Learn more about Focus LouisvilleA 2 ½ day activity-filled program designed to give attendees a fascinating insider’s look at Louisville. Participants learn from inspiring, passionate leaders in our community and develop a better sense of how to put leadership into action. For newcomers or native Louisvillians. Learn more

Who participates:

  • Anyone with enthusiasm to learn more about Louisville and take a more active role as a citizen.
  • Civic-minded entrepreneurs, managers, educators, senior executives of major corporations and nonprofit organizations, young professionals.
  • Aspiring community leaders who may want to participate in Ignite Louisville, Leadership Louisville and/or Bingham Fellows.

Time commitment: Two and one half days
Investment: $600


Learn more about Ignite Louisville

A program that provides young professionals with the skills, confidence, problem-solving abilities and connections essential to professional success. Participants build new relationships, learn from top executives in Louisville’s major corporations and get hands-on experience as part of a team-based, service-learning project. Learn more

Who participates:

  • Young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s who have already demonstrated civic leadership in some capacity.
  • Individuals who want to be better, stronger, more well-connected leaders.

Time commitment: Seven months, including a mandatory overnight retreat followed by one full day per month, plus time spent on the service-learning project.
Investment: $3,800


Learn more about Leadership Louisville

A program for the area’s most dynamic leaders from all fields. Participants fully explore local government, education, economic development and the arts. Along the way, they build a long-lasting network of local leaders and discover community issues they’re most passionate about. Learn more

Who participates:

  • Senior executives from corporate, nonprofit and government sectors.
  • Individuals who have already demonstrated significant civic leadership.
  • Professionals who are ready to expand their influence in the community and are willing to commit to a 10-month program.

Time commitment: Ten months, including an overnight opening retreat followed by one full day per month.
Investment: $5,000


Learn more about Bingham Fellows

A community-action program for advanced leaders. Participants work as a team to develop dynamic and innovative solutions to this community’s most pressing problems. Learn more

Who participates:

  • Graduates of Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Leadership Louisville or other community or state leadership programs.
  • Creative thinkers with a passion for a stronger community.
  • Subject matter experts on the slated topic.
  • Individuals who are willing to commit to an 9-month, community action project.

Time commitment: Nine months, including a two-day retreat, followed by one full day per month, plus time spent outside of class on projects
Investment: $4,200


Learn more about Encore Louisville

A program for civic leaders who want to continue to give back to the community as they retire, approach retirement or transition from professional careers. Learn more

Who participates:

  • Members of the Leadership Louisville Center
  • Over age 50
  • Retired, in the process of retiring, or transitioning in their careers
  • Seeking to give their time and expertise to worthy causes
  • Not a graduate? You can still apply as long as you complete Focus Louisville in fall 2015 or spring 2016. Get details on Focus Louisville.

Time commitment: Four program days (one full and three half days) over 12 months. Participants self-select to take part in one to three projects over the course of the year, each involving a maximum of 10-15 hours each.
Investment: $150