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Forty-six community leaders selected for Bingham Fellows Class of 2023

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — From a very competitive pool of candidates, forty-six community leaders have been selected to participate in the Leadership Louisville Center’s Bingham Fellows Class of 2023. The topic for the 2023 Bingham Fellows will be: TALENT: Pathways & Pipelines, focused on building a future-ready workforce.

As with every Bingham Fellows program year, the class comprises a talented group of local leaders with a broad knowledge base and range of experience on the topic. Their focus will be better on understanding long-standing challenges with our talent pipelines and pathways. Beginning this week, they will discuss how we can scale best-practices to address our current talent shortages.

Throughout the program, participants will work in teams on projects that will be revealed to the public at their completion. The Bingham Fellows class of 2022 will be sharing their projects on the topic, “Moving Downtown Forward: Adapt & Reinvent,” on March 9, 2023, from 4-5 p.m.

Members of the Bingham Fellows Class of 2023:

  • Rick Blackwell, Ed.D., Councilman, Louisville Metro Council
  • B. Todd Bright, Division Director, Communications, Kentucky Farm Bureau
  • Erika Brown, Communication & Marketing Manager, Louisville Water Company
  • Randisha Carter, Warehouse Manager, Michelin (American Synthetic Rubber Co)
  • Elizabeth Cassady, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and Student Success, Ivy Tech Community College
  • Nickie Cobb, Ed.D., Associate Vice President of Workforce Solutions, Kentucky Community & Technical College System, KCTCS
  • Jennifer Coombs, Vice President of Human Resources and Operations, Facilities Management Services, PBC
  • oSha Cowley-Shireman, Director of Policy & Development, Owsley Brown II Family Foundation
  • JP Davis, President, TBAIN&Co. | Today’s Woman Magazine
  • Pat Denbow, Vice President, Partnerships, Louisville City FC | Racing Louisville FC
  • Tiffany Calvert Diehl, Director of Learning & Development, Brown-Forman Corporation
  • Tiffany Felts, VP Marketing and Development, Park Community Credit Union
  • Jill Gaines, Director of Admissions and Community Partnerships, Spalding University
  • Tony Georges, VP Human Resources, UPS Airlines
  • Kevin H. Gibson, UMP, Regionalization Director, Louisville MSD
  • Brigid O’Reilly Gies, Associate Vice President and Deputy Counsel for Employment and Faculty Affairs, University of Louisville
  • Brian Gupton, CEO, Dataseam
  • Timothy J. Hagerty, Member, Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Kali Hayes, Vice President, Associate Experience, Humana Inc.
  • Beau Johnston, Director of Career and Technical Education, Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS)
  • Burcum Keeton, Assistant Director of Planning, Transit Authority of River City (TARC)
  • Alina Klimkina, Attorney, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
  • Debra Leist, Director Customer Service and Marketing, LG&E and KU Energy
  • Lance Mann, Director, Dean Dorton
  • Angie McCorkle Buckler, Partner, Parcel
  • Joshua McKee, Deputy Director of Economic Development, Louisville Metro Government
  • Elizabeth W. McKune, Ed.D., COO/VP, Peace Hospital
  • George McMinn, Operations Vice President, Messer Construction Co.
  • Brandon S. McReynolds, Public Policy Research Manager, Metro United Way
  • Kristina Mielke, Career Counselor, Refugees and Immigrants, Jewish Family & Career Services (JFCS)
  • Terri Montgomery, Chief People Officer, Volunteers of America Mid-States (VOA)
  • Laura Morris, Senior Director, Human Resources, GE Appliances, a Haier company
  • Danny L. Mosby, CEO/President, Jamon Brown Foundation
  • Felicia J. Nu’Man, Director of Policy, Louisville Urban League
  • Rachel Raymond, Head of Talent Acquisition, Jack Henry
  • Matt Real, M.Ed, Director of Career Development, Bellarmine University
  • Stephanie Renner, Founding Member, Renner Strategic Consulting
  • Molley Ricketts, CEO, Incipio Workforce Solutions
  • Jean Scott, Client and Community Relations Assistant Director, PNC Bank
  • Rena Sharpe, Chief Operating Officer, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
  • Angela Shaw, Vice President, Clinical Operations Business Improvement, Humana Inc.
  • Felisha Short, HR Business Partner, GE Appliances, a Haier company
  • Antoine Terry, Founder, Unite502
  • Kevin Uyisenga, Executive Director, See Forward Ministries
  • Sean G. Williamson, Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP
  • Angella Wilson, Sr Program Director, Adult Career Services, KentuckianaWorks (KCAC)

For many years, cities across the country have struggled to build and support a workforce that will foster a thriving economy and allow them to stay competitive. Louisville is no different, and the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded this challenge. Work is changing, and companies must change with it. Talent is reprioritizing what they want out of jobs and locations. Gen-Z is entering the job market in larger numbers with different ideas of what work looks like. Learning and Instruction gaps caused by the pandemic have resulted in inconsistent preparation of today’s students for the workforce.  Automation and AI continue to change workforce needs. As our labor market evolves, we must provide education and upskilling opportunities to our working residents to give them economic mobility while also meeting the needs of our city’s employers.

The Bingham Fellows Class of 2023 will gather a diverse cohort of business and civic leaders better to understand long-standing challenges with our talent pipelines and pathways. They will discuss how we can scale best practices to address our current talent shortages. To ensure our talent infrastructure is sound, businesses, educational institutions, and the community must collaborate on solutions. It will require investment into strong training pathways to our most in-demand open positions, better retention of graduates, support for businesses in growing their talent pipelines from within, expansion of community initiatives focused on workforce development, and influencing talent to choose Louisville as their home.

The Bingham Fellows Class of 2023 will study these challenges from various perspectives and seek community-based solutions. They will:

  • Learn more about how to support initiatives already underway in our community that are developing our current and future workforce
  • Work with higher education institutions to get more graduates to stay in Louisville
  • Strengthen the skills of existing workers by scaling up work-based learning opportunities to help businesses ‘grow their talent from within
  • Understand the motivators for relocation in a post-COVID world and how we can influence talent to choose Louisville
  • Engage the business community to help educational institutions develop and support strong training pathways aligned with high wage-high demand occupations and employability skills

Their work will begin in January 2023 and conclude with a public announcement of their initiatives in March 2024.

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