2023 Landmarks of Excellence – Communicator of the Year

Cynthia Knapek, President and CEO of the Leadership Louisville Center

In 2012, Cynthia was named President and CEO 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.

Cynthia is an award-winning leader in our community. In 2020, she was named one of the Most Admired CEOs by Louisville Business First and was recognized with the 2016 Champion of Diversity Award from the Urban League.

Before joining Leadership Louisville, Cynthia’s work included engagements with government, Fortune 500 and other social sector organizations. She serves on numerous community boards, including the Downtown Development Corporation, and co-chairs the Greater Louisville Inc. Business Council to End Racism. Additionally, Cynthia previously served as the national chair for the Association of Leadership Programs board, helping to recognize excellence, foster innovation and build networks for community leadership programs nationwide.



  • Jerry Abramson
  • Dave Armstrong
  • Lynn Ashton
  • J. Barry Barker
  • J. Michael Brown
  • Malcolm Chancey
  • Jill Conley
  • Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby
  • Michael Davis
  • Mayor Greg Fischer
  • Dr. Beverly Gaines
  • Ed Hamilton
  • Rebecca Jackson
  • Christine Johnson
  • Tom Jurich
  • Joe Pusateri
  • Dr. James Ramsey
  • Rob Reifsnyder
  • Russ Sanders
  • Dr. John Shumaker
  • Marchetta Sparrow
  • Sue Speed
  • Chief Robert C. White
  • Harold Workman
  • Teddy Abrams
  • Eleanor Jordan
  • Mike Berry
  • Sadiqa Reynolds
  • C. Edward Glasscock
  • Neeli Bendapudi
  • Virginia Moore
  • Chris Goodlett
  • Cynthia Knapek