While we won't be together in a large ballroom, pivoting to a virtual experience allows us to elevate the event, bringing in national voices and engaging more people in the conversation. This year our must-attend civic event is more critical than ever – our city and nation need strong leaders and we must work together to bridge divides.
This December, we invite you and your colleagues to join us to hear prolific author and behavioral social scientist Arthur C. Brooks, who will share researched techniques on how we can mend relationships and move forward. This will be followed by live conversation with some of the country’s most notable mayors, where you'll have the chance to ask questions. Attendees will be invited back over the lunch hour to join in one of two facilitated conversations.
While we never could have anticipated the challenges that 2020 would bring, we can be united by our challenges. It will take fresh thinking and a willingness to go forward together and turn our obstacles into opportunities. For over 40 years, the Leadership Louisville Center has been dedicated to preparing leaders for this moment. Together we can strengthen the social fabric of our community. Proceeds from this event will support our work to equip more people to lead with confidence and courage. Don’t miss this opportunity to turn our obstacles into opportunities and come out stronger and better as a nation.
This event is hosted by the Leadership Louisville Center in partnership
with the Office of the Mayor.
Harvard Professor and Bestselling Author
Arthur C. Brooks is the New York Times Bestselling Author of Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America From a Culture of Contempt. Brooks offers a better way to lead based on bridging divides and mending relationships.
Brooks blends research, ancient wisdom, and a decade of experience leading one of America’s top policy think tanks. His prescriptions are unconventional. His message is not "can't we all just get along." Rather, he believes argument is the path to excellence and even anger can drive needed change. Civility and tolerance shouldn’t be our goals, because they are hopelessly low standards. And our feelings toward our perceived foes are irrelevant; what matters is how we choose to act.
Brooks offers a clear strategy for victory for a new generation of leaders. It is a rallying cry for people hoping for a new era of American progress. Most of all, it is a roadmap to arrive at the happiness that comes when we choose to love one another, despite our differences.
Arthur C. Brooks is Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Fellow at the Harvard Business School. He served for ten years as president of the Washington, D.C.-based American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one of the world’s leading think tanks. Brooks is the author of 11 books, is a columnist for The Atlantic, host of the podcast “The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks,” and subject of the documentary film “The Pursuit,” which Variety named as one of the “Best Documentaries on Netflix” in August 2019.
The keynote speaker will be followed by a panel conversation with notable U.S. mayors.
Guest mayors include panelists from both sides of the political aisle who represent diverse perspectives and hold leadership roles not only in their city but on the national stage through the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Following our morning virtual event with keynote speaker Arthur Brooks, and the panel discussion among a diverse group of prominent mayors, all attendees are invited to participate in a facilitated conversation over the lunch hour (12-1 p.m.) Attendees are invited to choose one of the following conversations:
Terrance Sullivan, J.D. and OJ Oleka, Ph.D. will lead a discussion on what it means to be anti-racist and how we all have a part in creating a more anti-racist society through a policy lens and bipartisan perspective. Representing opposite sides of the political spectrum, the two came together in the wake of the tragic deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery to found AntiRacism KY, a bipartisan coalition focused on rooting out any vestige of institutional racism in state and local government policy.
OJ Oleka is a Republican who is now president of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities, advocating for public policy in higher education. Democrat Terrance Sullivan is executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, the state agency charged with protecting the civil rights of Kentucky citizens. Their work in building the coalition is designed to uplift the voices of everyone seeking change to collectively identify what can be done to end institutional racism in Kentucky.
"Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated and this was an immutable law." - James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son
The recent election has brought to a head hostility and animosity that many Americans hold toward fellow Americans with differing political views. Braver Angels is a nonpartisan nonprofit focused on uniting red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America. In this session facilitated by lead organizer Donna Murphy, participants will discuss why we should strive for connection with those who see politics differently, knowing that it will be hard. We will also come up with action steps on how to reduce contempt for and demonization of those we disagree with politically.
Donna Nielsen Murphy develops nationwide initiatives for Braver Angels. She has been an economist in both the public and private sector, most recently at the U.S. State Department, and is the author of three books.