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Announcing New Hires & Promotions with Center – Positions currently open in Marketing & Accounting teams

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The Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement, with the purpose to inspire and equip leaders to be better and do better. Recognized as a national best practice, the Center has graduated over 15,000 through its community leadership programs and training courses since its founding in 1979. As the Leadership Louisville Center continues to grow its programs and services, new positions have been added to help the Center achieve its ambition to grow as a national thought leader in the field of social impact leadership. The additions include two new Assistant Directors and a new Talent Development Leader. The Center is currently hiring a Digital Marketing Strategist and Staff Accountant, contact Holly Prather,, to learn more about these positions.

“These new roles represent exciting leaps forward for the Leadership Louisville Center,” said Cynthia Knapek, president and CEO of the Center. “We believe that leadership development can be a force for good and that with each new learner who gets to participate in our programs we grow our opportunity to impact positive change. Cara, Emily, and Jo each bring unique talents that allow our programs to continue delivering learning that accelerates the impact of those who participate and tell their stories to open the door to more people and organizations engaging in our mission. We’re excited for their leadership and for all of the new staff who have joined the Center this year.”

Cara Boardman

Cara Boardman is the new Talent Development Leader, responsible for managing the professional development offerings of LeadingBetter, including open courses, private trainings for partner companies, and the LeadingBetter Summit, as well as facilitating and managing the women’s leadership program. Her expertise in adult learning and organizational development will allow the Center’s clients to receive strategic help on developing leadership capacity on their teams. Cara comes with over a decade of experience in education as a former high school teacher in Chicago and a corporate learning and development professional in Seattle and now Louisville. She was previously with Wiley University Services, and in her most recent role as an HR Consultant at LINAK, Cara translated learning theory into real world training applications in a manufacturing environment and implemented behavioral coaching for emerging leaders.

Emily Trujillo

Emily Trujillo is the new Assistant Director of Marketing and PR, responsible for developing and implementing marketing and public relations strategies to increase awareness and engagement for all programming and offerings of the Center and its partner brand LeadingBetter. She will lead the marketing team for the Center, and report directly to the Chief Operations Officer. This new role will further facilitate the Center’s growth, broadening the geographic footprint and including more people and organizations in its leadership development programming. Emily brings a passion for connecting with constituents through authentic storytelling and compelling messaging and has over 10 years of experience in communications, public relations, social media, nonprofit management, philanthropy, and retail. She was most recently the Senior Marketing Manager for ARGI, now Cerity Partners, leading their brand management and strategic marketing of B2B service lines.

Jo Lloyd-Triplett

Jo Lloyd-Triplett has been promoted to Assistant Director of Community Leadership Programs. With the Center since 2016, Lloyd-Triplett manages programming for the Center, developing curriculum and serving as a facilitator and instructor of programs. In this new role, she will ensure the Center remains a national best practice, known for its dynamic programming and strong community connections in its five community leadership programs (Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Bingham Fellows, and Encore Louisville) and Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program. British born and educated, Lloyd-Triplett holds a Bachelor’s in Languages and Economics from the University of Sheffield. She has lived in the United States since 2004 and is the third country that she has called home. Before joining the Center, she was the Executive Director of Sister Cities of Louisville.


In addition, the Leadership Louisville Center has expanded its team with the following new hires and promotions in the last several months:

  • New hires: Emily Beck, Individual Giving Manager; Sara Bowman, Engagement Manager; Tra’Shelle Brown, Events Specialist; Emalee Morley, Technology & Salesforce Manager; and Brian Schaefer, Accounting Manager
  • Promotions: Savion Duke was promoted to Events Manager and Aimee Jewell transitioned to Leadership Development Manager



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. In addition, the Leadership Louisville Center is the organizing partner of the National Community Leadership Collaborative (NCLC). Learn more at

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