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Hundreds to attend Leadership Summit

Hundreds to attend Leadership Summit

"Leading for the Future” is focus, with 10+ speakers including Connectional Intelligence expert Erica Dhawan, Futurist Dr. Nat Irvin II and leaders at Amazon, Brown-Forman, El Toro, U of L, and more

Louisville, Kentucky (February 20, 2017) – For the fourth year, the Leadership Louisville Center’sLeadership Summit on March 9, 2017 will attract hundreds from the Louisville region for a day of learning, discovery and connection around the theme Leading for the Future. PNC Bank is the presenting sponsor for the Summit, which will be from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, 501 W. Main St., Louisville, KY. There will be three keynote speakers, six breakout session choices, interactive experiences throughout and a closing cocktail and networking reception – see “More about 2017 Leadership Summit” for complete agenda.

Keynote speakers are Erica Dhawan, an author, strategist and the world’s foremost expert on collaboration and connectional intelligence; Dr. Nat Irvin, II, author, innovator, futurist, teacher, composer and commentator and Woodrow M. Strickler Executive in Residence and Professor of Management Practice for the College of Business at the University of Louisville; and Trey Grayson, President & CEO of the NKY Chamber of Commerce and former KY Secretary of State and Director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

Breakout session speakers include Kirsten Hawley, SVP, Chief Human Relations Officer of Brown-Forman Corporation; Nancy Winé, Senior Manager of Amazon Media Group; Grace Simrall, Chief of Civic Innovation for Louisville Metro Government; Stacy Griggs, CEO of El Toro; Sherman Bradley, Founder of Consider the Poor of Ohio; Lisa Zangari, Director of Learning for the Leadership Louisville Center; Scott Martin, Parks Director of the Parklands of Floyds Fork; Richard Sisto, jazz musician & mindfulness trainer; and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with futuristic technology including human-robotic interaction from UofL’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering, VizionAir drones, and virtual reality experiences.

Learn more about registration and the event at Individual tickets are $445; patron sponsorships that include tickets for five individuals are $2,000. To learn more about special group rates and sponsorships, contact Jennifer Stevens at or (502) 561-0458. Attendees at the 2017 Leadership Summit will represent top leadership from Louisville and surrounding region, ranging from high-potential emerging leaders to C-suite executives, with over 60 percent working at a director level or above. See video highlights from 2016 Leadership Summit.

Special thanks to our event sponsors: Presenting Sponsor PNC Bank;Speaker Sponsor Humana, Inc.; Gold Sponsors EY and Neustar; and Silver Sponsors Delta Dental of Kentucky, Kosair Charities, Insider Louisville, Louisville Business First, Louisville Magazine, Louisville Public Media – WFPL, and MPI Printing.


Leading for the Future is the driving force behind the 2017 Leadership Summit, with keynote speakers and interactive workshops all delivering performance-boosting learning to influence future success. Workshops will focus on: Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Community.

Agenda Overview:

See bios and topic descriptions for speakers at, or click on individual links below. Summit schedule with times for breakout sessions is available at this link.

8:00-8:30 a.m. Registration, breakfast & networking

8:30-9:45 a.m. Opening Keynote session: Erica Dhawan –“Unleash Your Connectional Intelligence”

Made possible by Humana, Inc.

Globally recognized author and strategist Erica Dhawan is the world’s foremost expert on collaboration and connectional intelligence. At the Summit, she will share how these critical capabilities make it possible for leaders to consistently deliver breakthrough innovation and business results by harnessing the power of relationships and networks. Through her keynote address and workshop, attendees will learn creative ways to improve innovation across generations and cultures to prepare for the workforce of the future.

Dhawan is a successful author of the book,Get Big Things Done: Unleash your Connectional Intelligence, writer for Forbes, HBR and Fast Company, as well as researcher with degrees from Harvard, MIT and Wharton.

9:45-10:15 a.m. Break and book signing with Erica Dhawan

10:15-11:30 a.m. Breakout sessions (three concurrent workshops)

The Future of Leadership Kirsten Hawley, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Brown-Forman Corporation

· Connectional Intelligence workshopErica Dhawan

· A City of Innovation Grace Simrall, Chief of Civic Innovation, Louisville Metro Government & Scott Martin, Parks Director, Parklands of Floyds Fork

11:30-11:45 a.m. Break

11:45-12:45 p.m. Lunch Keynote session: Trey Grayson –“Everything in Life I Learned from Star Wars”

Opens with musical performance by Youth Performing Arts School

When he was seven years old, Grayson went to the old Showcase Cinemas in Erlanger, Kentucky to watch the greatest movie ever made, “Star Wars.” Little did he know how often he would draw upon the “Star Wars” saga for lessons throughout the rest of his life – such as deciding whether to run for office, becoming a better leader, lawyer or politician, or even trying to woo his wife.

Trey Grayson is currently the President & CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. From 2011 to June 2014, he served as the Director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics. While at Harvard, Trey was known as an expert on the political views of millennials and the role of technology in politics and government. Prior to his time at Harvard, he was a two-term Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

12:45-1:30 p.m. Active Break

Lightning talks on the Power of Collective Impact: 2016 Bingham Fellows work to Empower Citizens to Live Healthier Lives
The Art of Meditation for the Modern Leader with Richard Sisto

· Human-robotic interaction with UofL’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering

· Virtual reality experiences with Brown-Forman brands Woodford Reserve and Jack Daniels

· See how VizionAir harnesses the drone ecosystem

· The newest Google Glass technology with Interapt

1:30-2:45 p.m. Breakout sessions (three concurrent workshops)

Innovation in Practice Nancy Winé, Sr. Manager, Amazon Media Group (AMG) & Stacy Griggs, President and CEO, El Toro
Unlocking Collective Genius for Innovation Lisa Zangari, Director of Learning, Leadership Louisville Center
Building our Inclusive FutureSherman Bradley, Owner & Founder, Consider the Poor of Ohio and Consider The Poor, LLC (CTP), an advocacy, consulting, training and service company focusing on issues relevant to breaking the cycle of poverty.

2:45-3:15 p.m. Break

3:15-4:30 p.m. Closing Keynote session: Dr. Nat Irvin II –“Leadership & the Future of Courage”

Dr. Irvin is an author, innovator, futurist, teacher, composer and commentator & Woodrow M. Strickler Executive in Residence, Professor of Management Practice, College of Business at the University of Louisville. He has taught change management, leadership, future studies and team dynamics since 2007. A dynamic speaker and innovative thinker, Dr. Irvin is founder of “Thrivals @IdeaFestival” launched in 2010, the kickoff day of the IdeaFestival, an annual world-class event that attracts leading global innovators and thinkers to discuss and celebrate imagination, new perspectives and transformational ideas. Irvin has engaged numerous groups and organizations, including leadership and management teams of several Fortune 100 companies in strategic conversations focused on the significant social, political, economic, technological and environmental trends events that will drive the mid to long term future.

4:40-5:30 p.m. Cocktail and networking reception

Includes hors d'oeuvres and Brown-Forman spirits