MOST ‘INTERESTING’ EVENT OF THE YEAR! Tickets & Tables going fast for Aug. 22 Leadership Louisville Luncheon!

2018 Leadership Louisville Luncheon on August 22 to feature Mayor Pete Buttigieg, called, “The most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of” by The Washington Post

On August 22, 2018, the Leadership Louisville Center and the Office of the Mayor will host the 2018 Leadership Louisville Luncheon, presented by Louisville Gas and Electric Company. The event will feature two nationally-recognized leaders, the Honorable Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana and Amy Liu, VP & Director of Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution, who will both showcase how American politics still works in cities, and how our civic infrastructure can drive positive change. Over 1,000 of the region’s most influential leaders in business, government and nonprofits are expected to attend.

Attendees may register at Individual tickets are $75, table sponsorships are $1,500. Sponsorship opportunities are also available by contacting Jennifer Stevens, The 2018 Leadership Louisville Luncheon will be held August 22, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at the Omni Louisville Hotel, 400 S. Second St., Louisville, KY.  Louisville Gas and Electric Company generously supports the Leadership Louisville Luncheon as the event’s presenting sponsor.  For more information, visit or call (502) 561-0458.

October 26, 2016; South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg


Keynote speaker Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOOT edge-edge), was called, “The most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of,” by The Washington Post. He’s a Harvard graduate, Rhodes Scholar, Afghanistan veteran and counter-intelligence agent for the U.S. Navy, musician, businessman, polyglot (speaks 7 languages), and two-term millennial mayor of South Bend, Indiana.  Mayor Pete, as he’s called in South Bend, represents what a newer generation of leaders looks like. Besides his rising national prominence, he’s been able to put theory into practice and create solutions that make a difference in his city. His innovations span a broad range of initiatives, from essential urban services, infrastructure, and early childhood education, to economic development projects that address abandoned properties, cut unemployment in half and created a tech hub affiliated with Notre Dame.

Moderator and national expert on cities and metro areas, Amy Liu, will lead a conversation with Mayors Fischer and Buttigieg on how leaders in business, government and civic sectors are working together to drive innovation and economic growth in a way that boosts productivity and living standards. She’ll share Brookings research on the impact of the digital economy, millennial leadership and the future of mid-size cities, followed by dialogue with the mayors on how to prepare for changes coming our way.

Louisville Gas and Electric Company generously supports the Leadership Louisville Luncheon as the event’s presenting sponsor. Special thanks to our additional supporters –

Gold sponsors: Brown-Forman Corporation; Fifth Third Bank; Insider Louisville; Louisville Public Media and the Paul Ogle Foundation;

Silver sponsors: Anthem BlueCross BlueShield; Doe-Anderson; Louisville Business First; Stites & Harbison PLLC; and Tandem Public Relations;

Bronze sponsors: CBRE Louisville; D.D. Williamson; Frost Brown Todd LLC; GE Appliances, a Haier company; The Lane Report; Louisville Metro TV; MPI Printing; Northwestern Mutual; Texas Roadhouse; and Yum! Brands Inc.

About Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the chief executive of the City of South Bend. He took office in 2012 at the age of twenty-nine, and is responsible for the city workforce of over 1,000 employees and an annual budget over $380 million.

Buttigieg has been profiled by the New York Times and was called “the most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of” by the Washington Post. An officer in U.S. Navy Reserve from 2009-17, Buttigieg took a leave of absence to serve in Afghanistan during a seven-month deployment in 2014, earning the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his counterterrorism work.

A Rhodes Scholar, Buttigieg studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford and has a degree in American History and Literature from Harvard College.

During his first term, Buttigieg established a 311 system for city services, led a successful initiative to address 1000 vacant and abandoned houses in 1000 Days, and established the first Open Data Policy for a city in Indiana. In his second term, his administration completed the award-winning “Smart Streets” initiative to transform the city’s downtown streetscapes, and launched the largest investment to parks and trails in the city’s history.

About Amy Liu

Amy Liu is vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and the Adeline M. and Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy. She is a national expert on cities and metropolitan areas adept at translating research and insights into action on the ground. As director of Brookings Metro, which Liu co-founded in 1996, she pioneered the program’s signature approach to policy and practice, which uses rigorous research to inform strategies for economic growth and opportunity. Liu has worked directly on such strategies with scores of public and private sector leaders in regions around the country, including Chicago, Kansas City, Phoenix, upstate New York, and New Orleans.

Most recently, Liu authored “Remaking Economic Development: The Markets and Civics of Continuous Growth and Prosperity,” in which she argues that city and metropolitan leaders must adopt a broader vision of economic development that can deliver economic growth, prosperity, and inclusion for all residents. In “Remaking Economic Development,” Liu discusses the limitations of existing strategies, outlines five principles that define a new model of economic development, and highlights innovations underway in cities and metropolitan areas across the country emblematic of this broader vision.

About the Leadership Louisville Luncheon:

Presented by the Leadership Louisville Center in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, the Leadership Louisville Luncheon has gathered influential leaders from across the region for over 20 years.  Special guest speakers have included top mayors in the country to share insights on community development initiatives of interest to the Louisville community.  Last year’s event featured the mayor of Dallas and was attended by over 1,000 community leaders representing nearly 300 companies. Historically, the event has featured the launch of multiple vital community initiatives including the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement (BEAM) and the 25-year Vision Louisville initiative, as well as opportunities around local investment with a case study in Oklahoma City.


Created in 1979, the Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement.  Its mission is to grow and connect a diverse network of leaders who serve as catalysts for a world-class community through dynamic programming and strong community connections.  Over 7,000 community leaders have graduated from the Center’s civic programs (Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Bingham Fellows, and Encore Louisville), and the Leadership Green Room serves as the training and talent development arm of the Center.  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.  Learn more at


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