Are you the leader you aspire to be?


YPAL’s Emerging Leaders Program is a unique program in the Louisville area that addresses specific leadership development needs of young professionals as emerging leaders. The program spans seven classes over three months and is open to approximately 30 YPAL members selected via an application process.

Nominations and applications are closed for Spring 2023. Applications for Fall 2023 will open in the summer.

About the Program:
The Emerging Leaders Program is a comprehensive leadership development program. Participants will use structured exercises and assessments to develop improved awareness about themselves and others. The program also includes interaction with community leaders, reading material, and a group research project. The class will cover self-awareness, diversity, equity and inclusion, emotional intelligence, leadership, management, communication within a team, and presentation skills.

Spring 2023 class times/dates: Classes are from 5:00 – 8:00 pm E.S.T. (unless otherwise noted) in person on Mondays in Downtown Louisville. Dinner will be provided. All dates are mandatory.

February 13: Kick Off Celebration (5:00 – 6:30 P.M.)
February 27 – Class 1 – Self-Awareness 
March 6 – Class 2 – Communication 
March 20 – Class 3 – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
March 27 – Class 4 – Leadership & Management 
April 10 – Class 5 – Public Speaking 
April 17– Class 6 – Presentation Coaching 
April 24 – Class 7 – Presentations & Graduation 

Questions about the classes, times, or application – no problem! Email YPAL’s Director of Leadership, Miriam Nally at

Meet your facilitators:

Lenae Price, President, and Founder of Mindset Collaborative, has over 16 years of experience operating in fast-paced environments and coaching colleagues and team members through complex challenges and interpersonal issues. She’s studied psychology, emotional intelligence, and communication and has successfully collaborated with top-level executives, legislators, community representatives, and specialists in most major industries. Lenae is a trained coach and facilitator with a performance background and a proven track record from Tennessee to New York. Her personal mission statement is “to inspire and be inspired”. Check out more about Lenae and her company by clicking here!

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion class is hosted by Michele Shelton. Michele Lawlis Shelton, CDP, CPC is founding CEO and Principal Consultant of Michele Shelton LLC, a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) consulting firm based in Louisville, KY. As an international speaker, author, executive coach and thought leader on DEI, Michele guides courageous leaders beyond barriers that impede success. As a performance consultant, Michele continues to be a preferred advisor for organizations committed to investing in the creation of inclusive and equitable cultures that acknowledge, affirm and add value to the total experience of every person under their influence. Learn more about Michele and her company by clicking here!

Time Commitment:
The total time commitment over the three-month course is about 50 hours. Around 22 hours in the classroom (5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.), 10-20 hours reading and taking the leadership assessments, and lastly, 15 hours on the group project. All classroom dates are in person and mandatory.

The cost of the Emerging Leaders Program is $475. This cost includes program materials, a book, dinner during each class and an assessment.

Tuition support and childcare stipends are available. The application for support is found in the ELP application.

Before you apply:

  1. Join YPAL! All applicants must be members of YPAL. Need to become a YPAL member before applying? Join here!
  2. Talk to your employer about the time commitment and cost. Your ELP application will require a response for a payment plan and time commitment approval from your supervisor. Need help asking your employer to approve the program? We got you covered! Check out this letter!
  3. Save the dates – go ahead and mark your calendar for the dates above.

Questions about the classes, times, application – no problem! Email YPAL’s Director of Leadership, Miriam Nally at


Previous Program Graduates:

Spring 2013 Cohort | Fall 2013 Cohort | Spring 2014 Cohort | Fall 2014 Cohort | Spring 2015 Cohort | Fall 2015 Cohort | Spring 2016 Cohort | Fall 2016 Cohort | Spring 2017 Cohort |  Fall 2017 Cohort | Spring 2018 Cohort | Fall 2018 Cohort | Spring 2019 Cohort | Fall 2019 Cohort  | Spring 2020 Cohort | Fall 2020 Cohort | Spring 2021 | Fall 2021 | Spring 2022 | Fall 2022


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