Cynthia Knapek


Find Your Voice

Location: Todd Hall | 12:00 - 12:30 PM

Having a diverse team increases success - we all understand how important it is. However, the data shows that we are not achieving that sought-after inclusive leadership pipeline. Less than 5% of S&P 500 CEOs are women and only 1% are racial minorities. 

We believe the answer is in creating a culture of belonging. Diversity is having a seat, inclusion is having a voice, and belonging is having that voice matter.

The struggle to find your voice is often recognized in women, but the challenge is prevalent for most people. How can you help everyone in your talent pipeline find their voice? Books and training programs can help, but they aren’t creating the kind of change needed.

In this session, you’ll learn how experiential learning can build the three essential elements to establish your strong, authentic voice. These are CONFIDENCE, CONNECTION, and COURAGE.

About Cynthia Knapek

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Cynthia Knapek has been an active civic leader in Louisville for over 20 years.  In 2012, she was named president of the Leadership Louisville Center, only the fifth director the organization has had since its founding in 1979.

Before joining the Center, she was Executive Director of Brightside, an innovative public/private partnership that works to build civic pride and keep Louisville clean and green.  Cynthia was named to Business First’s Top 40 Leaders Under 40 in 2001 and recognized as Today’s Woman’s “Way to Go Woman” in 2006.  She was a founding member and the first president of the Young Professionals Association of Louisville.  She is a graduate of the Bingham Fellows Class of 2009 and of Leadership Network in 2006.

Cynthia is active in many community organizations and serves on the boards of the University of Louisville Alumni Association, the Mayor’s Commission on Public Art, the Catholic Education Foundation and on the advisory board for the Young Professionals Association of Louisville. Cynthia holds her masters and undergraduate degrees from the University of Louisville.