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Leadership Louisville Center 2019 UPDATE & 2025 VISION

Download the 2019 Annual Report (pdf) to see the impact of the Center in 2019, our 2025 vision, and member and contributor recognition.

The Leadership Louisville Center is a nationally-recognized resource for individuals and organizations who strive to go beyond being individually successful to being truly significant. We are the Louisville, Kentucky region’s hub for talent development, relationship building, and community engagement.

Our innovative, world-class curriculum and experiential learning opportunities are available for all levels of leadership. No matter where you are located in the world, we can help you build stronger leaders. The Center is the place where leaders can connect with diverse networks, build understanding, and take action to drive positive social and professional impact.

The Center carries out this mission through civic programs,leadership courses, professional development courses, and events designed to inspire, challenge and connect people at all levels of leadership development. Find out which program or course is right for you.

Our headquarters at 707 W. Main St. in the heart of downtown Louisville, Kentucky provides a community convening space for collaboration and the exchange of ideas. Welcome to 707 W. Main St.

Want to Be In The Center?

The Leadership Louisville Center recognizes the importance of diversity – within our workforce, our supplier relationships, and our program participants.  Diversity is at the heart of our organization’s mission. See our Diversity and Inclusion Statement.

To foster and sustain vibrant, diverse community leadership, we invite all leaders and aspiring leaders to be in the Center.

Our greatest potential for positive impact in the community comes from our ability to provide a perpetually replenishing supply of inspired and informed leaders. These leaders must be diverse and represent all aspects of our community. Our supporters and scholarship funds allow anyone, from the most powerful CEO to the most committed civic volunteer, access to our leadership training, expanded networks, and opportunities to make a difference.

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The Leadership Louisville Center was started in 1979 when community leaders Wilson Wyatt, Barry Bingham, Nana Lampton, Henry Heuser Sr., Maurice D.S. Johnson and Charles Herd founded Leadership Louisville to ensure that Louisville’s future leaders would be knowledgeable about issues, well networked and passionate about the success of the community.

Today the Center continues to be guided by those founding principles.  Businesses of all types and individuals at all career levels rely on the Center’s civic programs and professional development courses to gain self-confidence as leaders, expand their commitment to our community and develop a deeper understanding of issues with the potential to propel our region forward.

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.

Satisfaction Guarantee Policy

The Leadership Louisville Center strives to provide exceptional offerings and service, and your experience is our top priority. In these changing times, to make sure you are confident in engaging with us, we are pleased to offer a satisfaction guarantee to all participants that offers flexibility with attendance, availability of refunds, and ability to defer to future sessions. Program and event logistics will also be adjusted as needed to ensure health guidelines are followed. Please see our full policy for details.