Congratulations to our graduates!

The Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL) is proud to announce its 23rd graduating class of our Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) presented by Republic Bank. The Emerging Leaders Program is a three-month accelerated and intensive experience designed to address the leadership development needs of young professionals. These young professionals represent one of Greater Louisville’s greatest resources: talented young people committed to making our community a better place to live, work, and play. The Emerging Leaders Program is one of the most significant ways that YPAL grows and nurtures talent in our region.

Thanks to our presenting sponsor Republic Bank, and our supporting sponsors Mindset Collaborative, Michele Shelton, Story Louisville, and the YPAL Foundation, the program includes training led by Mindset Collaborative’s Lenae Price and Jessica De La Rosa, wherein participants take an introspective look at their strengths, values and leadership style and get advice from community leaders. The objective of the program is to provide participants with a clear understanding of their strengths, values, and personality in the context of becoming a more effective leader. Our participants also engaged in a Decade 4 Diversity: A Leadership Conversation for A New Generation class hosted by Michele Shelton, DEI Strategist & Workplace Activist.

This Spring 2024 class is full of authentic leaders with passion and vision for Louisville. They dove deep into leadership development with a heightened focus on emotional intelligence, and meeting people where they are. The class worked in small groups among peers with a shared purpose for participating in the program. They are driven, dedicated, and one of the hardest-working groups of young professionals in our community. In each session, their dedication to inclusion and taking up space was inspiring. We can’t wait to see what’s next for our 23rd class of Emerging Leaders!

As part of YPAL’s goal to continue supporting local diverse-owned businesses, we want to thank the following companies that provided our cohort with excellent meals and a graduation celebration: The Black Italian, Loz Aztecas, TP Experience, The Salad Chic, Morris Deli, Dee’s Catering, and Derby City Gaming Downtown.

The Spring 2024 class of the Emerging Leaders Program concluded their coursework and final group presentations on April 22. The 24 graduates include:

  • Adria Neal, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness
  • Amina Shale, Louisville Metro Police Department
  • Ashley Russell, Ashley Russell Millinery
  • Bree Carter, Louisville Metro Government
  • Caleb Schaffer, State Farm
  • Candice Hite, Eventus Wholehealth
  • Charlotte Couvillion, Kentucky Farm Bureau
  • Chris Stull, Kennedy Communications
  • Destinee Mackey, mental health coach & speaker
  • Emily Thornton, Visually Impaired Preschool Services
  • Errett Andres, Civil Design Inc.
  • Greg Priester, University of Louisville College of Business
  • Helen Hacker, Greater Louisville Inc.
  • Janine Webb, Yum! Brands
  • Katherine Mason, University of Louisville Campus Recreation
  • Kristin Johnson, United States Army Corps of Engineers
  • Kristina Sosa, Republic Bank
  • Mason Sullivan, Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team
  • Melissa Perez, Red7e
  • Noah Goldberg, Jimmy Johns
  • Sachin Devkar, Semonin Realtors
  • Sarah Kelley, University of Louisville
  • Souhila El Moussaoui, Republic Bank
  • Taya Cowan, Northwestern Mutual

Applications for the Fall 2024 program will open in summer. Nominations are open now. The program, scholarship, and childcare stipend information can be found at:

If you have any questions, please email Catherine Thompson, YPAL’s Director of Leadership, at