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Register today for 2024 LeadingBetter Summit – Keynotes include Kim Scott, Author of Radical Candor, Author of ‘Mean Girls’ fame & Communication Expert from Stanford University

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Tickets now on sale for May 22, 2024 LEADINGBETTER SUMMIT, offered as in-person or virtual event.

The former Google & Apple Executive and bestselling author of Radical Candor, an author of ‘Mean Girls’ fame and a popular podcast host, author, and educator from Stanford University, and a high energy workplace engagement expert have been announced as keynote speakers for the annual LeadingBetter™ Summit on May 22, 2024. This signature event hosted by the Leadership Louisville Center and partner brand LeadingBetter, is focused on inspiring and equipping leaders at all levels to be better and do better. Presented by sponsor PNC Bank and speaker sponsor Humana, Inc., the annual day of learning will be delivered as a hybrid event experience, with the opportunity to attend in-person at The Kentucky Center (501 W. Main St., Louisville, KY) or participate in an interactive virtual event, both with features that will leave participants feeling engaged, connected, and prepared to lead now and into the future.

This day for learning and growth is known for delivering powerful and relevant content from innovative global leaders. The 2024 speakers will address the most important and pressing challenges that leaders are facing, including:

Kim Scott | former Google & Apple Executive | New York Times & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Radical Candor

Featuring Kim Scott, author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity and co-founder of the company Radical Candor. During her career in the tech industry, Kim was a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and other tech companies, and served as a faculty member at Apple University and before that led AdSense, YouTube, and DoubleClick teams at Google.

Matt Abrahams, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Host of Think Fast, Talk Smart Podcast

Author of Think Faster, Talk Smarter: How to Speak Successfully When You’re Put on the Spot, Matt Abrahams is a leading expert in communication with decades of experience as an educator, author, podcast host, and coach. His online talks garner millions of views and he hosts the popular, award-winning podcast Think Fast, Talk Smart: The Podcast. He is a lecturer in organizational behavior at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and is known for providing tangible, actionable skills to help even the most anxious of speakers succeed when speaking spontaneously. Outside of the classroom, he has coached leaders who have delivered IPO road shows as well as Nobel Prize, TED, and World Economic Forum presentations.

Shanterra McBride & Rosalind Wiseman, of “Mean Girls” fame, co-authors of Courageous Discomfort

Rosalind Wiseman is the author of nine books including the New York Times Best Seller “Queen Bees and Wannabees,” which was the basis for the movies and Broadway Musical Mean Girls. Shanterra McBride is an international teacher and author, and founder of Marvelous University. Lifelong friends and co-authors of “Courageous Discomfort,” McBride and Wiseman bring with them a handbook for anyone who wants to have better, more productive conversations. This session at the Summit will feature two incredible thought leaders, whose personal relationship will offer a lively and candid discussion, leaving attendees empowered to have uncomfortable but critical conversations.

Justin Jones-Fosu MBA, CSP, Workplace engagement expert and author

Justin Jones-Fosu MBA, CSP is a workplace engagement expert, author, and CEO of Work. Meaningful., who advises some of the biggest names in the Fortune 500 and organizations across the globe on how to take ownership of their mindset, purpose, and performance to achieve amazing results.

He combines over a decade of leadership, his real-life experience, and research to help leaders merge their purpose and productivity to achieve more of what matters in their professional and personal lives. Justin is the author of three books, “Your WHY Matters Now: How Some Achieve More and Others Don’t,” “The Inclusive Mindset: How to Cultivate Diversity in Your Everyday Life,” and “I Respectfully Disagree: How to Have Difficult Conversations in a Divided World.” Additionally, he was featured in EBONY Magazine as “30 Young Leaders on the Rise,” SMART CEO Magazine, and the Baltimore Business Journal.

Additional speakers will soon be announced.

The 2024 LeadingBetter Summit will be hosted from 8:00am-5:00pm ET at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, 501 W. Main St., Louisville, KY, with a virtual event option available. Registration is available at Regular registration is $495 for in-person, and $295 for virtual-only attendance. Sponsorships and special group rates are available by contacting Jennifer Stevens, or (502) 561-5231.

WHO ATTENDS & WHY: The LeadingBetter™ Summit is a unique professional development opportunity for leaders at all levels. 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.

Over 200 different companies and organizations attend this leadership conference 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. Nearly 30% 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.

The leadership curriculum is designed to help participants:

– Build organizations that are more resilient, innovative, and more able to navigate change and uncertainty.

– Gain deeper knowledge around interpersonal dynamics, developing high-performance teams, and becoming a leader that people want to follow.

– Grow the ability to adapt, collaborate, achieve great results, and lead in our new hybrid world.



The Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement. With a purpose to inspire and equip leaders to be better and do better, it has graduated over 15,000 through its programs since 1979. The Center is recognized as a national best practice and is known for its dynamic programming and strong community connections. Programming includes five social impact leadership programs (Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Bingham Fellows and Encore Louisville), the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program, leadership skills training courses presented through partner brand LeadingBetter™, and events designed to connect leaders and motivate positive change. Learn more at
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