• Programs

  • For registration and event details, visit or call 502.625.0156 to reach our Registration Department.

    Business is all about who you know and GLI can help introduce you. Pick from a year-round programming calendar featuring first-class networking and insightful content.




    ANNUAL MEETING - presented by Hilliard Lyons

    Date:  January 26, 2016

    The region’s premier business networking event of the year, Greater Louisville Inc.’s Annual Meeting brings together the largest gathering of business, community and civic leaders for one night, at one location, for one big celebration.  This high-profile event features a nationally renowned keynote speaker, celebrates the successes of the past year and looks ahead to the future. This year will feature Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna.



    BUSINESS AT BREAKFAST SERIES - presented by Stoll Keenon Ogden 

    Dates:  4 in 2016

    • The Regional Economic Development Strategy – February 5, 2016
    • Public Policy Initiatives: The Business of the Budget – April 20, 2016
    • Corporate Engagement in Innovation & Entrepreneurship – June 28, 2016
    • Workforce & Talent Attraction – TBD


    The Business at Breakfast series remains one of Greater Louisville Inc.’s signature programs.  Great networking, engaging program and lots of excitement surrounding the speakers and topics keep this event at the top of members “must attend” list. Relevant business information, prudent insights and a hot breakfast all before 9 a.m.



    CAPITOL CONNECTION - presented by KentuckyOne Health 

    Dates:  3 in 2016

    • Representative John Yarmuth – February 16, 2016
    • Greg Stumbo, Kentucky House Speaker – June 8, 2016
    • U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – August 2016


    GLI’s Capitol Connection events give the business community access to legislative leaders, issues, and information. Guest speakers provide political insights at the local, state, and federal levels. Topic-based forums offer attendees expert insight on important issues – from education reform to community development and more.



    DC FLY IN - presented by PharMerica

    Date:  June 22-23, 2016

    Join GLI for this two-day event in Washington D.C. to interact with elected officials from the region. The Fly-In provides networking opportunities with other event attendees and is an excellent opportunity to help shape and promote GLI’s federal priorities.




    2016 Keynote Speaker:  Steve Case, co-founder of internet giant AOL and D.C.-based venture capital firm, Revolution Ventures.

    Date:  June 16, 2016

    Annual celebration of entrepreneurship in the Louisville region highlighting the accomplishments of the past year, challenging the entrepreneurial progress going forward and recognizing an individual with the EnterpriseCorp Award. 




    Dates: 2 in 2016

    • How to Leverage Your Communication Skills – January 19, 2016
    • Enhance your Civic Engagement – July 27, 2016


    This popular event series is specifically for the Top Investor Executive Assistants.  This program provides a platform for EA’s to connect with their peers, share ideas and gain useful knowledge they can use in their everyday role. 



    GLIDE - presented by LG&E

    2016 Location:  Austin, TX

    Date:  September 11-13, 2016

    The Greater Louisville Idea Development Expedition (GLIDE) is an annual, invitation-only executive program for regional business and community leaders. The program promotes learning, brainstorming and relationship building that is critical to regional visioning and progress.



    GLIP GLOBAL WORKSHOPS - presented by Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP

    Dates:   3 in 2016

    Opportunity to meet after work to connect with international professionals, academics, accomplished leaders, entrepreneurs and recruiters who share one thing in common – a global perspective. Showcase your company’s commitment to the diversity and internationalization of our community by sponsoring one of these events.




    Date:  September 26, 2016 (timed with IdeaFestival)

    This annual event (formerly the Hot Dozen and Fast Dozen events) recognizes the latest companies selected as the most promising and innovative, early stage or fast growth “gazelle” companies to watch in greater Louisville. 



    INC.CREDIBLE AWARDS - presented by Strothman and Company 

    Date:  August 19, 2016

    This celebration is the region’s signature small business event.  Presenting six Inc.credible Awards for businesses with fewer than 100 employees & celebrating the entire small business community for its ongoing contribution to our region’s economic vitality.  An inspirational event for showcasing the importance of small businesses dreaming big, this is a must-attend event for companies of all sizes. 



    ISSUES & INFLUENCERS - presented by Government Strategies

    Date:  July 19, 2016

    Issues & Influencers is a program series that looks at the intersection of politics, policy, and business regarding the most pressing issues of the day.  Attendees will be offered an inside look at the working of government and the political system and have the opportunity to ask questions of some of the foremost professionals in and around the issues.



    LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST - presented by Brown-Forman

    Date:  November 2016

    This breakfast event – to debut in 2016 – will be the platform on which GLI unveils its legislative agenda. Legislators and elected officials from across the region will be invited to view the unveiling along with regional business leaders.  The Governor will be invited to keynote the event each year. 



    SHOP TALK SERIES - presented by UofL Family Business Center

    Dates:  3 in 2016

    • Cyber Security – June 2, 2016
    • Family Business – July 20, 2016
    • Workplace Culture – October 5, 2016


    With a growing demand for connecting with peers, GLI's Shop Talk fills the gap with professional instruction as well as connecting with others in your field. This series allows attendees to engage with an industry expert on specific topics to hone their skills while providing a platform to make valuable connections and cultivate relationships. Topics include Cyber Security, Family Business and Workplace Culture. Come connect with professionals in your field and learn new tricks to your trade.



    SMALL BUSINESS HOW TO WEBINAR SERIES - presented by UofL Family Business Center

    Dates:  6 in 2016

    • Marketing Map – January 29, 2016
    • The Golden Rules of Marketing – March 18, 2016
    • Time Mastery – May 20, 2016
    • Create Raving Fans – July 15, 2016
    • Sales Made Simple – September 16, 2016
    • Hiring and Retaining Top Talent – December 16, 2016


    Do you want professional development opportunities without leaving the comfort of your office? If so, GLI’s new Small Business How To Webinar is designed for you. GLI has teamed up with Action Coach to offer in-depth training in a quick, interactive and free (to members) webinar. GLI's Small Business How to Webinar Series fills the gap with professional instruction to help your business. Topics for 2016 will dig deeper into the basics of sales, marketing and hiring. Offered 6 times in 2016, this webinar program will offer tips and tricks to help you succeed in your business.



    TOP INVESTOR SERIES - presented by Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP

    Dates:  3 in 2016

    Greater Louisville Inc.’s Top Investors attend these “shareholder-like” events three times per year. GLI’s CEO discusses key strategies and current projects. Attendees ask questions about community issues, discuss matters specific to their own business, and network with one another. 325+ CEO Council, Government Partners, Chairman’s Club, Signature Circle, President’s Circle, Private 100, Leadership and Trustees make up our Top Investor companies.



    WAKE UP WIND DOWN SERIES - presented by Park Community Credit Union 

    Dates:  4 in 2016

    • Aloft - February 9, 2016, 4:30-6:30PM
    • Louisville City FC - April 27, 2016, 4:30-6:30PM
    • Jeffersontown Community Center - July 12, 2016, 7:30-9:00AM
    • TBD


    Greater Louisville Inc. and Business First offer the area’s largest networking program.  Expose your business to a variety of industries and professionals in a high-energy social atmosphere.  This networking series, designed for business professionals is held quarterly at various new hot spots in the region.  It is a relationship-building experience that benefits you and your company through added contacts and resources.


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