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Applications are open for Ignite Louisville’s 2024 leadership progam

Blaze your leadership trail during this immersive course.

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At the end of the program, teams present their project to a panel in an effort to win grant money for their nonprofit partner.

Photo by Kaitlyn Clay

Ignite Louisville, a competitive leadership program by the Leadership Louisville Center, is accepting applications for its 2024 class. Since 2004, Ignite Louisville has helped young professionals further their careers during a six-month program that includes classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and a retreat.

Think of it as a masterclass for leadership. Accepted participants will learn skills to make them a better team member and leader — plus the experience looks great on a resume. The program is designed for mid-level leaders (ages 25-45) looking to take their career to the next level or make an impact within their current company or community.

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Ignite Louisville includes hands-on leadership learning experience.

Photo by Kaitlyn Clay

To give you a better picture of Ignite Louisville, the class of Spring 2023 included Louisvillians from companies and organizations like Humana, Louisville Public Media, Jefferson County Public Schools, and the Muhammad Ali Center.

Here’s a deeper look at what you’ll do:

  • Attend an opening two-day retreat.
  • Learn from credentialed trainers from LeadingBetter™ + leaders from some of Louisville’s most successful companies — like Brown-Forman — on topics like innovation, creative thinking, and DEI.
  • Hear from corporate and nonprofit leaders from around the region.
  • Partner with a local nonprofit on a project and compete for grant money during the Ignite Louisville Challenge.

Tuition costs $4,200 for the class, which takes place at various locations around the city from October 2023 to April 2024, but tuition assistance is available if your employer is unable to support your participation. Applications are due Saturday, July 29.
A free virtual info session will be on Wednesday, June 7, 11-11:30 a.m. for interested people to get a feel for the experience — just be sure to register. Can’t make the session? Reach out to Engagement Manager Sara Brown.

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