Cynthia Knapek

In 2012, Cynthia was named President of the Leadership Louisville Center. The Center is a leader in civic engagement and leadership development whose mission is to inspire and equip leaders to BE BETTER and DO BETTER. In 2020, Cynthia was named one of the Most Admired CEO’s by Business First. Cynthia is particularly proud that the work the Center has done to foster inclusivity and embrace diversity was recognized with the 2016 Champion of Diversity Award from the Urban League.

She previously served as the national Chair of the board for the Association of Leadership Programs. ALP ‘s mission is to recognize excellence, foster innovation, and build networks for community leadership programs across the country.

Before joining Leadership Louisville, Cynthia’s work included engagements with government, Fortune 500 and other social sector organizations.  Cynthia is serves on numerous community boards including the Downtown Development Corporation and co-chairs the Greater Louisville Inc. (Chamber of Commerce) Business Council to End Racism.

She has a Master’s degree from the University of Louisville as well as several certifications in leadership training and organizational development.

About Bellarmine University

Bellarmine University is a vibrant community of educational excellence and ethical awareness that consistently ranks among the nation’s best colleges and universities. Our students pursue an education based in the liberal arts – and in the distinguished, inclusive Catholic tradition of educational excellence, the oldest and most rewarding in the western world. It is a lifelong education, worthy of the university’s namesake, Saint Robert Bellarmine, and of his invitation to each of us to learn and live In Veritatis Amore – in the love of all that is beautiful, true and good in life.