The Leadership Louisville Podcast with Aaron Miller

The Leadership Louisville Podcast with Aaron Miller

Inspiring stories for those who lead! Leadership and learning go hand in hand, so join us as our community’s most interesting leaders, along with host Aaron Miller, enjoy a candid conversation about their leadership journey. Find out how these headline-makers plan to "be better and do better" (the purpose of the Leadership Louisville Center) and, most importantly, find out their vision for the future of this community. In each episode you'll hear an authentic exchange where listeners get to know our community leaders as real people and, hopefully, have fun along the way.

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June 8, 2021 53 min

Jerry Abramson is a legend in Louisville leadership.  As a mayor for 21 years, a Lieutenant Governor,  and  Director of Intergovernmental Affairs to President Obama, he has seen our government work at all levels, and he brings those experiences to this conversation.  We learn why he got into Public Service (versus "politics") and what he sees as his vision for the city of Louisville in the future.

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Louisville Public Media President and General Manager Stephen George stops by the podcast to discuss his career journey - across multiple cities and multiple forms of media - to eventually come back to his hometown and lead an organization that has continued providing news throughout the pandemic and racial justice movement in Louisville.  Despite challenges, the organization is expanding the newsroom in 2021. Join Aaron and Stephe...

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Dave Christopher is the Founder and CEO of AMPED (Academy of Music Production Education and Development) in the Russell neighborhood, and he's also leading the newly opened Russell Technology Business Incubator (RTBI). He and Aaron discuss the wisdom he learned from his father, how he started in tech by repairing his family's tube television, and how entrepreneurship can change lives. 

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Louisville native David Mattingly  is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist with four decades of experience reporting domestically and abroad.  For 23 years David had a front-row seat to history as a CNN National Correspondent, but he considers returning to his hometown to be his most rewarding assignment.  Aaron and David discuss being present for history, from 9/11 and hurricane Katrina to COVID-19, and how trust in media i...

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Colonel Pam Stevenson has had an incredible journey, from the West End of Louisville to the US Air Force (and stations around the globe) for 27 years - and then back to Louisville and into the Kentucky House of Representatives for District 43. In this episode she shares stories and leadership lessons from an amazing career and how she plans to collaborate with all of Kentucky to help build a better tomorrow for everyone. 

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Aaron gets a chance to catch up with a longtime friend, Mike Moll, Senior VP at PNC Bank. Mike grew and developed his leadership over a long career with PNC here in his hometown of Louisville. Mike and Aaron discuss how a career can evolve even if you're at the same company for a long time. They also discuss the two-way nature of mentoring relationships.

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Aaron spends an hour with Dr. OJ Oleka and they discuss everything from leading during a pandemic, to education as a path out of poverty, to being black and politically conservative in 2020. At one point OJ mentions this book which we said would be in the show notes: Black Elephants in the Room: The Unexpected Politics of African American Republicans (George Gund Foundation Book in African American Studies),  https://www.amazon.com...

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Aaron and Jeff discuss how the nonprofit sector, which is the fourth largest employer in the commonwealth of Kentucky, is surviving during COVID-19 and how more members of our community can get involved in philanthropy to help make our city better for everyone.

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New Louisvillian Christy Holly, the head coach of Racing Louisville F.C., talks to Aaron about the importance of family, why he likes cities with a river in the middle, and how he hopes to inspire a community.

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In this episode, Evon Smith, CEO of OneWest talks with us about her journey to leadership and to Louisville – and what makes the West End a unique, vibrant place. 

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Aaron is back at it behind the mic and bringing you some fresh insight from our friend Ben Reno-Weber. His story is a fascinating example of how exposing ourselves to other cultures, worldviews, and even parts of town can inform the ways we bring change with us when we return home. 

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Lisa Benson is the leader of one of Louisville's largest media outlets, Louisville Business First, part of a national network of business journals. Aaron and Lisa discuss the challenges of becoming a leader just in time for 2020, gain an outsider's perspective on our city, and talk about pivoting content and events to virtual (and still keeping readers engaged).

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August 30, 2020 53 min

Aaron Miller sits down with Walter Woods, who moved to Louisville in 2017 to lead the Humana Foundation. They discuss leadership, ego, getting out of your own way, racial justice, and the importance of being a mentor. 

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Robert Barry Fleming talks about growing up in Frankfort and returning to Louisville to lead an iconic Louisville arts institution. Robert mentions three sources that we want to add here to the notes:
- Catalyst Project
- Racial Equity Institute
- The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond

We also encourage you in the conversation to do some research on Anne Braden. 

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Parks! Outdoors! Quality of place!  A community is often defined by the quality of its public spaces, and Scott Martin chats about how Louisville can become an even greater, healthier, and more equitable community by working on our park systems. Here are more show notes:
 Book recommendation: The Nature Fix by Florence Williams http://www.florencewilliams.com/the-nature-fix 

www.riverheritageconservancy.org (also on social media)

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Sadiqa Reynolds, President and CEO of the Louisville Urban League, has a frank and honest discussion about race, the West End, "essential workers," and white allies.

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Recorded on June 4. Nikki shares her insights on protesters, race relations, and how the business community can be part of the solution.

Nikki references a book in the discussion, and it is The Covenant with Black America by various contributors with an introduction by Tavis Smiley, published in 2006. 

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Dr. Tailor is only the 6th woman to be elected President of the Greater Louisville Medical Society as well being the first Indian-American leader of that organization (and one of the youngest ever!). Aaron and Dr. Tailor discuss what unique talents she brings to the role along with some advice for safely reopening our community from COVID-19. Their shared nerd-dom also comes into play (one of them is a giant Harry Potter nerd).

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Sarah shares her thoughts on women in leadership, how to re-open the Louisville economy, and ballroom dancing during a pandemic.

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Former Kentucky Derby Festival president and current Secretary of the Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet Mike Berry sits down with Aaron to discuss his leadership journey (which involves working alongside several iconic state leaders) and also how you can learn everything you need to know about leadership from children's books.

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