Leadership Kentucky

Leadership Kentucky joins together a selected group of leaders, with a variety of career accomplishments and volunteer activities, to gain insight into complex issues facing the state. In a series of seven monthly, two-day sessions held at various locations throughout the state, participants meet with Kentucky leaders and explore the state’s resources and opportunities. Kentucky’s rich cultural heritage and unique diversity are woven throughout the leadership curriculum. Since 1985, Leadership Kentucky graduates have brought an enlightened and informed perspective to their communities and companies, serving as important catalysts in the unified effort to improve our state.


Program Information 

The Leadership Kentucky program consists of a 2.5 day mandatory Opening Retreat in June, and monthly two day programs beginning in July and ending in December that take place in various communities across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Additionally there typically is a half day committed to networking and tourism in the communities that we visit; this time is optional. 

Participants meet and talk with Kentucky’s current leaders and through a systematic educational program, explore the state’s opportunities, needs and resources. Kentucky’s rich cultural heritage and its unique diversity are woven throughout the curriculum that features the state’s economy, education, health and human services, law and justice, and environment. In addition, Leadership Kentucky provides a thought-provoking experience focusing on the attributes of leadership and what it means to be a leader. By visiting various regions of the Commonwealth, the participants develop an enhanced view and a new meaning to the word community that spans the entire state.

Participants are expected to attend all sessions.  Participants missing more than two sessions without a commitment of making up sessions or if the participant is not engaged, he/she may be asked to withdraw or involuntarily removed from the program and tuition shall not be refunded.

Application Process

The Leadership Kentucky Class of 2019 application process is closed. Please check back in the fall for Class of 2020 information. 

How to apply:

  • If interested in participating in the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2019, the participant must first be nominated.
    • You can self-nominate or nominate someone else. 
  • Once nominated, the participant will be sent application instructions via e-mail on a rolling basis beginning November 1st.
  • The application window is open from November 1st - March 15th, 2019.
    •    A private selection committee reviews each application and selects the class members in mid-March.

The application is to be taken seriously. A highly rated application features three great letters of recommendation, active community and career involvement, and thoughtful answers. All applications will be judged on their merit alone (and not any accompanying attachments). When applying, please take your time and be as thorough and thoughtful in your answers as possible. No incomplete applications (including those with missing references) will be considered.

2019 LKY Session Dates and Locations
2019 Session Dates and Locations

2019 Session Dates and Locations

June 19-21 | Berea

July 10-12 | Louisville

August 14-16 | Western Kentucky

September 18-20 | Somerset

October 16-18 | Bowling Green/Ft. Campbell

November 13-15 | Eastern Kentucky

December 4-6 | Lexington/Frankfort

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Tuition for the Leadership Kentucky 2018 program was $3,500.00.

The tuition does not include lodging and/or transportation to/from program sessions.

Scholarships – Up to 50% of your tuition and payment plans may be available based upon financial needs.  Scholarship forms can be requested and will only be accepted after the participant is notified of acceptance into the program.  Please note that the need for financial assistance is not a consideration in the selection process.  Information about Leadership Kentucky’s Scholarship policy is available at any time from our office.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Norton Healthcare
Kentucky Power
Maker's Mark
RunSwitch PR
Kentucky Chamber
Republic Bank
St. Elizabeth
Whitaker Bank
Kentucky Proud
Beam Suntory
CHI St Joseph Healthcare