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GLI Initiatives

Program Description

Signature Events

Annual Meeting

The region’s premier business networking event of the year, the Greater Louisville Inc. 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.

C-level executives, GLI Board of Directors, Top Investors, regional business and community leaders, general membership and local media.

Business at Breakfast

The Business at Breakfast series remains one of Greater Louisville Inc.’s signature programs. Each year our members designate topics of particular interest to our audience. In turn, we secure dynamic speakers, typically top local CEOs with the ability to skillfully discuss the topic and deliver tangible, practical tips for business leaders. Relevant business information, prudent insights and a hot breakfast all before 9 a.m.!

Medium to large sized companies, Top Investors, business and community leaders.


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.

Top-level executives, business leaders, elected officials.

Inc.Credible Awards

This annual celebration is the region’s signature small business event. GLI presents eight Inc.credible Awards for businesses with fewer than 100 employees and celebrates the entire small business community for its ongoing contribution to our region’s economic vitality. An inspirational event for anyone who knows the importance of small businesses dreaming big, this is a must-attend celebration for companies of all sizes.

A mixture of small business owners as well as medium to large businesses attending to support their clients.

Investor Round Table

A small, informal meet and greet with Kent Olyer, GLI President & CEO to bring investors up to date on GLI’s strategic plan.

An invite-only mixture of GLI Investors of all sizes with varied businesses interests.

Top Investor Series

Greater Louisville Inc.’s Top Investors attend these “shareholder-like” events four times per year. GLI’s CEO and Senior Team discuss 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, President’s Circle, Private 100 and Trustees make up our Top Investor companies. January: Expanded Gaming-Johnathan Blue, Blue Equity

Exclusive to GLI Top Investors and special guests.

Public Policy Events

Advocacy Into Action

GLI takes the opportunity each year to recognize Jefferson County’s elected officials for their contributions to the region’s growth and prosperity. The format of this year’s signature event will change to allow more time for attendees to build and cultivate those valuable connections. A condensed program will provide attendees with an update of GLI’s legislative priorities with a focus on the critical issues affecting the business climate.

C level, Top Executives and business leaders within the community that have a vested interest in legislative issues that will impact the business community as well as federal, state and local officials.

Capitol Connection

This popular series provides attendees unique access to legislative leadership, issues and information. Speakers for the event include local and national elected officials, and programs feature a question and answer opportunity for the audience. Past speakers include: Senator Mitch McConnell, Representative John Yarmuth, Governor Matt Bevin, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers and others.

GLI Top Investors, public policy executives and other business leaders.

Talent & Economic Development Events

Familiarization Tour

This two day event brings national and international site selectors to Louisville in an effort to bring additional recognition to our community for future economic development.


Invitation-only national and international site selectors

Intern Welcome Event

The Louisville region welcomes hundreds of College interns every summer. As a talent attraction initiative, this welcome event serves as a kick-off to their summer internships in an effort to promote Louisville as a destination post-college. GLI hosts in conjunction with the Mayor’s office.


College Interns and community businesses

Regional Development Updates

Advance Greater Louisville Regional Partners combine to provide updates from their respective communities on the latest development projects and opportunities.


Top Investor companies, real estate brokers, bankers, local elected officials

Networking Events

Coffee & Connections

An informal gathering of new or newly engaged investors to provide a high level overview of GLI. GLI department Vice Presidents and/or Directors provide overviews of their respective areas of expertise and how investors can get more involved.


New GLI Investors or newly engaged GLI Investors

Executive Assistant How-To Series

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

Executive Assistants from top businesses in the region.

Hot Spot

Access. Influence. Connections. Come and connect with GLI and other business professionals in this new networking programming beginning in 2017. Experince the hottest spots in town that make Louisville cool, fun and “uniquely Lou.”

GLI members and non-members, sales professionals.

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