JUST ANNOUNCED! 2021 Leadership Louisville Luncheon to be hosted on October 5 – In-person event will be hosted at new multi-million dollar Russell neighborhood sports complex and feature Max Siegel, CEO of USA Track & Field

The Leadership Louisville Center has announced registration is open for the 2021 Leadership Louisville Luncheon, held on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. One of the region’s largest civic events, the luncheon is held in partnership with the Leadership Louisville Center and the Office of the Mayor – and is proud to be powered by LG&E and KU Foundation as its presenting sponsor. The event will be hosted at the newly constructed Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center and will feature keynote speaker Max Siegel, CEO of USA Track & Field.

This annual event is one of the largest gatherings of the region’s most influential leaders in business, government, nonprofits, and civic engagement. The 2021 event promises to be celebratory and focused on the vitality of our region, building on the energy and excitement of the new multi-sport complex that sits on the Louisville Urban League Sports & Learning Campus and an exciting leader as keynote speaker. The annual Leadership Louisville Center will deliver inspiring messages and connections for how we can progress as a region and an invitation for leaders to step up and be part of positive change.

Attendees may register at www.leadershiplouisville.org/luncheon/. Individual tickets are $100, Table sponsorships are $2,000. Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available by contacting Jennifer Stevens, jstevens@leadershiplouisville.org. The 2021 Leadership Louisville Luncheon will be held from 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.leadershiplouisville.org/luncheon/ or call (502) 561-0458.

LG&E and KU Foundation generously supports the Leadership Louisville Luncheon as the event’s presenting sponsor. Fifth Third Bank and TBAIN&Co. are the event’s co-platinum sponsors.

“For over 20 years, we have convened hundreds of business and community leaders each year for important conversations around our region’s challenges and how we can come together to build a more vibrant community,” said Cynthia Knapek, president of Leadership Louisville Center. “We are thrilled to come back together in-person this year in the brand-new sports complex, a major economic driver for our city, and feature a leader who is known for dreaming larger and creating positive change.”


CEO of USA Track & Field (USATF)

As hundreds of Olympic athletes prepare and compete in an event that will change and define their careers, behind the scenes is a leader who has been planning and making way for their moments of glory. Max Siegel is a nationally renowned sports and entertainment executive who has been the CEO of USA Track & Field since 2012. Under Siegel’s leadership and direction, USATF’s increased investment in sport science programs and prize money and the athlete revenue distribution plan have been the hallmarks of elite athlete funding and support that is unprecedented in the Olympic family.

His achievements at USATF further complement Siegel’s more than 25-year track record of financial growth and competitive success in sports and entertainment. He has made history already, first as the first African American to graduate with honors from The Notre Dame Law School and next as the highest ranking African-American executive in NASCAR while President of Global Operations at Dale Earnhardt Inc. He is an author, film producer, led one of the most profitable divisions in the Sony BMG system, is the owner of Rev Racing (where he led NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program), and is an active board member with the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality.

At the 2021 Leadership Louisville Luncheon, we’ll kick off the event by learning from Siegel’s business success and community impact, as well as how sports can drive economic growth and create positive change on matters of race and equality.


Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center

On what was once an uninhabitable brownfield now sits the Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center, filling a void in the local, regional, national, and international track and field community – spurring economic and community growth for black businesses and families, igniting a culture of change that passes asset and wealth building down to future generations. The Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center sits on the Louisville Urban League Sports & Learning Campus, a 24-acre, multi-sport complex located in Louisville’s Russell neighborhood that opened in February 2021.


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 since 1988. Special guest speakers have included top mayors in the country to share insights on community development initiatives of interest to the Louisville community as well as notable leaders engaged in civic leadership. Past events have been attended by over 1,000 community leaders representing over 300 companies. The 2021 Leadership Louisville Luncheon remains a must-attend gathering for those dedicated to positive change.


The Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement. With a purpose to inspire and equip leaders to be better and do better, it has graduated over 10,000 through its civic programs since 1979. The Center is recognized as a national best practice and is known for its dynamic programming and strong community connections. Programming includes five social impact leadership programs (Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Bingham Fellows and Encore Louisville), talent development solutions presented through the Leadership Green Room, and events designed to connect leaders and motivate positive change. Learn more at www.leadershiplouisville.org.

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