March 3, 2022 | HYBRID EVENT (attend in person or virtually) | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm ET

In-Person Venue: The Kentucky Center

Leadership capacity doesn’t just affect your bottom line – it drives your organization’s ability to engage and retain valuable talent. Today’s challenges call on organizations to ensure they cultivate employee loyalty and prepare their leaders for success.

Expect no less than the BEST day for inspiration and practical know-how at the 2022 Best of Leadership Summit, delivering performance-boosting learning that will increase the ability of your teams to lead with courage and confidence. Organized by the Leadership Louisville Center, this annual event will feature relevant and leading-edge content from global leadership experts, providing ideas and practices to be used immediately. Attendees can join us in person or experience a high-quality and interactive virtual event, both with features that will leave participants feeling engaged, connected, and prepared to lead now and into the future.

Register now to lock in the early rate – choose later whether to attend the in-person or virtual event. Early registration ends Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.


Announcing the first Summit keynote speaker

DARRYL MCDANIELS, co-founder, Run-DMC, author, philanthropist

Darryl McDaniels
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is a legendary music icon who first impacted the world over 35 years ago. From the first rap group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine to the first to appear on MTV, Run-DMC changed music, culture, fashion, language and made American history. It would be hard to overstate his influence on popular culture.

Forty million record sales and ½ billion song streams later, and twenty years since the untimely death of his bandmate Jam Master Jay, DMC still continues to create, inspire and motivate. In 2009, as a member of Run-DMC, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2016 he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy given to “performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.”

Darryl McDaniels, "Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide"Darryl is also the co-author of two critically acclaimed books, including his recent memoir entitled, Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide, giving him another platform to talk about his past struggles with depression and helping those, especially men of color, remove the shame of asking for help.

He continues to record and produce music, both solo and with iconic artists, and is active with nonprofits including the Felix Organization, which he co-founded in 2006 to enrich the lives of children who are growing in the foster care system. As a published author and speaker, he delivers inspiration, talking about respect, responsibility, and self-awareness.

  • “I spoke with my team and they all stated it was the best leadership event they have ever attended. Considering my team consists of members from KY, WI, MI & TN that is saying a lot!”
    – Past Summit participant

  • “Not only was the event fun, but I think it’s a necessary learning experience for colleagues and friends in leadership. It’s a confidence booster, and there were speakers who taught you how to navigate difficult situations between colleagues and friends as well.”
    – Past Summit participant

  • “The Summit offers great content at a reasonable price with no travel expenses.”
    – Past Summit participant

  • “This was by far one of the best learning experiences I have had in a long time. My colleagues are jealous!”
    – Past Summit participant

Who attends and Why?

The Best of Leadership Summit is a unique professional development opportunity for leaders at all levels. Participants discover new ways of thinking and grow their ability to lead. Attendees range from up-and-coming leaders to C-suite executives, with nearly 70% working at a director level or above. Both the in-person and virtual event offer valuable business networking opportunities both within and beyond the Louisville region.

The curriculum is designed to help participants:

  • Build organizations that are more resilient, innovative, and more adept at managing and leading successful change.
  • Gain deeper knowledge around inclusive leadership,  building high-performance teams, and creating a sense of belonging.
  • Grow your ability to adapt, collaborate, achieve great results, and lead in our new hybrid world.


Photos from Past Summits

Featuring past Summit speakers: (top left) Stephanie Mehta, Editor-in-Chief, Fast Company; (middle right) Teddy Abrams, Music Director, The Louisville Orchestra; (center) Amy Gallo, Author, Contributing Editor, Harvard Business Review; attendees, and performers.
Past Summit Photo Collage

Previous Attendee Snapshot

30% President, C-suite | 40% Director, VP | 15% Manager | 15% Individual Contributor

Over 200 different companies and organizations attend each year, including the area’s top five largest publicly traded companies, two Fortune 100 and two Fortune 500 companies, and several large private-sector employers. 25% of virtual attendees are from outside of Louisville.

Industries represented include: Businesses from large to small, Professional services (Accounting, Law, Real Estate, Builders, Financial Services, Insurance, etc.), Education, Government, Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Nonprofit organizations.

Why Sponsor?

With hundreds of regional leaders in attendance, both in-person and in the virtual event platform, your company will have the opportunity to connect with a highly desirable audience throughout the event while accessing top talent from within and outside of our region, providing an exceptional return on investment.

Sponsorship not only provides visibility and branding for your company, but also allows your employees and clients to attend the Best of Leadership Summit, fully immersing them in the training, connections, and conversations of the event. This opportunity is a powerful vehicle for engaging and retaining talent, as well as positive community influence.

Your support also enables the critical work of the Leadership Louisville Center to inspire and equip leaders to be better and do better. We welcome your organization’s participation and look forward to displaying your logo on promotional materials and providing your company with added recognition and visibility.


Reach out to Jennifer Stevens at if you have any questions!SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION

How we’ll gather safely

We will be practicing all health and safety protocols as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal, and state authorities.

As COVID regulations and policies change, updates to our protocols will be posted here.

Platinum sponsors

Fifth Third BankTBAIN & Co.

Gold sponsors

Louisville Public Media