Interested in the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program here in Louisville, but want to learn more? Click below to get answers to some of our frequently asked questions! If you can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to reach out to Aimee Jewell at ajewell@leadershiplouisville.org.


What is the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program?

Who is Alice Houston?

What is the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program experience like?

What can I expect to take away from the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program?

Who should apply to the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program?

What is the difference between this program and Ignite Louisville?

What are the time commitments involved for the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program?

What is the investment?

If tuition is a barrier for me, are resources available?

How many people are invited to participate?

I’m interested, but I don’t know if my employer will support me. What should I do?

How do I submit an application?

What happens after my application is submitted?


What is the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program? 

The Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program is a half-year program that is designed for middle managers and directors to gain the skills they need to get to the next level. Through reflection, coaching, and experiential learning, women in this program will build greater self-awareness, leadership presence, and resilience.

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Who is Alice Houston?

Alice Houston was chosen as the namesake for this program because she is a smart business woman, community leader, and exemplar of women’s leadership. While she will not be facilitating or developing curriculum for the program, the Leadership Louisville Center will be teaching women to lead in her footsteps as an influential woman at both their companies and in their communities. Watch the video to learn more:

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What is the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program experience like?

During this half year leadership program, participants will enjoy an overnight opening retreat and will then meet monthly. Each month, the class will receive professional development training specific to women’s advancement and also spend time in their peer coaching circles.

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What can I expect to take away from the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program?

Our curriculum, designed and taught by women with executive leadership and coaching experience across a range of sectors. It will strengthen critical skills and competencies, including:

  • Influencing Up, Down, and Across
  • Strategic Problem-Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Driving Change and Results
  • Negotiation Strategies
  • Executive Presence & Leadership Brand
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Resiliency

This program gives participants access to a large network, while also providing deeper connection through smaller peer coaching circles. Following the program, participants have the option to stay connected through ongoing collaboration with their peers for years to come.

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Who should apply to the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program?

AHWLP is for women of all races, cultures, and backgrounds who have significant work experience, are over 30, are typically two or more promotions into their career, and need the skills to continue to move into upper leadership. There is no upper age limit for the program, as career advancement looks different for all. 

This program is for: 

  • Women with significant work experience and a larger scope of work and larger teams to lead. Participants are looking to move into upper leadership within their companies as their next career move.
  • Leaders who have a title like Senior Manager, Director, Senior Director or even some c-suite titles, depending on the size of the company.
  • Women who have already spent time investing in their own personal growth and awareness and have established expertise in many personal leadership competencies such as communication, inclusivity, and project management.

IS THIS FOR ME?

If you have established expertise in effective communication, personal branding, Inclusive leadership and project management then this program is a great next step for you. If you would like to further hone these types of skills then our Ignite Louisville program would be a great first step before embarking on the Women’s Leadership program.

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What is the difference between this program and Ignite Louisville?

Both Ignite Louisville and the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program are focused on skills-building. If you are a woman professional considering one of these two programs, there are some key differences that might help you evaluate which is a better fit:

Ignite
Louisville

Ignite Louisville is for professionals 25-45 years old who have moved beyond entry-level work and are looking to build their leadership skills to further their career. The focus is on:

Personal growth
Working in team
Engaging with community

Workshops include Personal Branding, Communication Styles, Project Management, and Collaboration. A community leadership immersion is also part of this experience.

Alice Houston Women’s
Leadership Program

AHWLP is for women of all races, cultures, and backgrounds who have significant work experience, are over 30, are typically two or more promotions into their career, and need the skills to continue to move into upper leadership. The focus is on:

Leading Self
Leading Others
Leading the Organization

Workshops include Financial Acumen, Negotiation, Executive presence, Energy management.  

If you have established expertise in effective communication, personal branding, Inclusive leadership and project management then this program is a great next step for you. If you would like to further hone these types of skills then our Ignite Louisville program would be a great first step before embarking on the Women’s Leadership program.

LLC Program order notes:

Ignite Louisville is recommended prior to participating in AHWLP but not required. Participants in this program could be alumni of Ignite Louisville, Leadership Louisville, or Bingham Fellows. 

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What are the time commitments involved for the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program?

Participation in the program requires a commitment to attend each of the five monthly program days in their entirety (Click here to review the dates for the next class). The two-day overnight opening retreat is mandatory. Program days take place from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Requests in writing for absences up to eight hours will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Absence from more than one program day (or equivalent hours) could result in dismissal from the program.

An additional benefit of the program is the peer coaching circles and the opportunity to continue to grow connections outside of program days.

Program staff must be notified in advance of any absence. However, notifying us does not absolve you of your responsibility to attend. The opening retreat is mandatory in its entirety. For all other program sessions, one excused absence, or equivalent hours, is allowed. A second absence will result in a review of your continued participation by the Leadership Louisville Center Board of Directors. Coming and going from program days is discouraged, and any hours away from sessions will be tracked and can add up to an absence.

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What is the investment?

The Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program tuition is $4,900, which includes an overnight retreat at the West Baden Springs Hotel, and meals and materials throughout the entirety of the program.

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If tuition is a barrier for me, are resources available?

The Leadership Louisville Center believes in the collective power of diverse voices, perspectives, and backgrounds. We have tuition support funds designated specifically for diversity in all its forms and for those to whom our program costs would be a barrier to participation. Requests for support are not shared with the selection committee and will only be considered only after the class selection process is complete. You can request any amount, but understand that to serve as many needs as possible, the Leadership Louisville Center cannot provide the full amount of the tuition. Our awards typically do not exceed 50 percent of the program cost (which would be $2,450), but you may request more if needed to enable your participation.

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How many people are invited to participate?

The Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program classes will be no larger than 45 to ensure that all participants will be able to connect on a meaningful level.

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I’m interested, but I don’t know if my employer will support me. What should I do?

Talk to the decision-makers in your company or organization. Besides providing advanced leadership experience in influencing up, down, and across, driving change and results, and executive presence and cultivating a leadership brand, among other topics, participation in the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program highlights your company’s interest in the local community and its commitment to empowering and uplifting women. Your company will also benefit from the in-depth relationships you will establish with other leaders from many diverse organizations around our city. If you need additional assistance, contact the Leadership Louisville Center and we’ll be happy to help.

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How do I submit an application?

Applications are submitted online. In addition to the online application, candidates must also submit a supervisor commitment form and photograph suitable for print and online use. On the application, candidates must submit two references, along with contact information for those references. Any other application-based questions can be directed to Aimee Jewell at ajewell@leadershiplouisville.org.

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What happens after my application is submitted?

Once you have submitted your application, supervisor commitment form, and headshot, your application will be considered complete. A Leadership Louisville Center Selection Committee will determine who will be invited to join the class. Applicants will be notified of selection decisions by late December.

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I still have questions. Who can I reach out to? 

If you have read through these questions and still need information, please reach out to our Engagement Manager Aimee Jewell at ajewell@leadershiplouisville.org or fill out the form below and she’ll reach out to you:

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