Are you the leader you want to be?


The YPAL 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 six classes over three months and is open to approximately 20-25 YPAL members selected via an application process.

Applications for the Fall 2019 program will open in August. Stay tuned! 

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. One on one coaching sessions are also offered as an optional benefit to participants. Class participants will walk away with a clear understanding of their purpose, values, and strengths to aid in their goal of being a more effective leader. The class will cover self-awareness, project management, communication within a team, and presentation skills.

Class times/dates:

Classes times will be announced closer to application date. 

Time Commitment:
The total time commitment over the three-month course is about 50 hours. Around 18 hours in the classroom, 10-20 hours reading and taking the leadership assessments and lastly, 15 hours on the group project.

The cost of the Emerging Leaders Program is $350. This cost includes program books and materials, assessments, dinner at all sessions, two cocktail receptions and access to key YPAL events.  There are two partial scholarships available.


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 



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