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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Leadership Louisville and YPAL Announce New Leadership Program

Thursday September 25, 2003

A new program for young professionals has been developed by The Leadership Louisville Foundation in partnership with the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL).

Ignite Louisville is intended to help young professionals grow personally, professionally and in the community through topics such as personal vision and planning, communication and influence skills, team leadership, meeting etiquette and community involvement.
“Ignite Louisville represents an important opportunity not just for our young professionals, but for the entire community as well,” said Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson. “This program demonstrates our commitment to preparing the next generation of leaders, a generation of leaders who will need the skills and passion to continuing moving our hometown – the 16th largest city in America – forward.

The new program will be funded with a $60,000 grant from National City Bank of Kentucky.

“Developing today’s young professionals into leaders with vision and a core of wisdom to draw upon is a critical component of how successful Louisville will be in the future,” said Mary H. Griffith, vice chairman of National City Bank of Kentucky. “As a leading employer in the city, whose life blood is successful businesses and their leaders, National City has an obligation to ensure Louisville has the ‘bench strength’ to continue to be successful.”

YPAL President Kris Carlton said the program is an exceptional opportunity for the members of her organization.

“As our organization has grown, our members consistently have asked us to develop programs that not only would connect them with established community leaders, but also would provide them with skills to assume leadership roles. We turned to the local experts in leadership development, the Leadership Louisville Foundation, to help us create a program for young professionals,” she said.
Leadership Louisville Foundation enthusiastically answered the call.
“Ignite Louisville is an exciting new opportunity for us and a great complement to our four other leadership programs,” Leadership Louisville Foundation President Christine Johnson said.
“For six months, young professionals will learn how to fuel the leader within. Ignite will connect participants with senior business executives and community leaders, generate the ability to give back to others and provide the valuable tools to create positive change in the community.”

Ignite is an essential investment for companies with young leaders. Large and small companies should view Ignite as a program which develops human capital in Louisville, making it a more competitive city with a great quality of life.

Graduates of the six-month Ignite Louisville experience will:
· Have a positive impact on economic development in the community

· Build relationships with established leaders who will share success stories and help mentor them and provide their employers with results that will be a tangible benefit for their companies

· Be able to communicate to other young professionals locally and nationally that Louisville is a city that encourages new leadership

· Come away with a “credential” of excellence and achievement that will publicly identify them as having demonstrated ability to serve on civic boards and committees

· Obtain skills and tools they need to assume leadership roles in Metro Louisville

All young professionals in the community as well as members of the Louisville Urban League Young Professionals are encouraged to participate, but one must be a YPAL member to apply.

Tuition is $1,200 with limited scholarships available based on need. Ignite Louisville program dates are:
January 22 February
12 March 11

April 8

May 6

June 10

To apply, log onto and click on the Ignite Louisville link to access the application.
Application deadline is November 7 and the new class of 35 to 40 young professionals will be announced in early December.
For 25 years, the Leadership Louisville Foundation has been building the foundation of leaders for our community. Ignite Louisville will be the fifth program that The Leadership Louisville Foundation manages. The other programs include: Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Bingham Fellows and The Leadership Network.