Role Models

Learn why host Kirt Jacobs considers Jack "the guest that got away."

Jack Hughes Jacobs

"The Guest That Got Away"...(1935-2018)

Interviewed: 02-12-2018

Learn why Time.com called him the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.”

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Interviewed: 12-10-2017

How publishing her first work at 10 years old led writer Angela Burton to “Feet to Fire”.

Learn how Cynthia overcame crushing grief & how a Motown co-founder inspired the creation of Solid Light.

Cynthia Torp

President/Owner, Solid Light, Inc. (A 100% Woman-Owned Business)

Interviewed: 11-05-2017

Learn how Dr. Allan Parnell rose from a rural one-room schoolhouse to create a trucking empire.

Judy Lambeth

CEO, MaryHurst

Interviewed: 11-03-2017

How Amy Leenerts overcame childhood sexual abuse to train the public to recognize and prevent human trafficking.

Amy Leenerts

Founder/Director of Free2Hope.org

Interviewed: 11-03-2017

William Kellibrew IV is an international advocate for civil, human, women, children, and victims’ rights.

William Kellibrew IV

International Advocate for Civil, Human, Women, Children, and Victims’ Rights

Interviewed: 09-28-2017

In 1999, Claypool founded Bulldogs in the Bluegrass. a program that provides summer internships in Louisville, Kentucky for Yale undergraduates. Since it began, Bulldogs in the Bluegrass has brought over 570 Yalies to experience Louisville through a total immersion experience. Of those, many have returned to Louisville for full-time employment after graduation.

Rowan Claypool

‎Founder and President, Teach Kentucky

Interviewed: 09-27-2017

Anshu Gupta, popularly known as the Clothing Man, is the Founder of an India-based nonprofit Goonj and one of India’s leading social entrepreneurs.

Anshu Gupta

Founder, India-based Nonprofit Goonj & One of India’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs

Interviewed: 09-26-2017

Nat Irvin, II has taught change management, leadership, future studies, and team dynamics since 2007.

Nat Irvin II

Author, Innovator, Futurist, Teacher, Commentator & Founder of Thrivals at IdeaFestival

Interviewed: 09-26-2017

Wendy Whelan spent 30 years with New York City Ballet, 23 of those years as principal dancer.

Wendy Whelan

Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet

Interviewed: 09-26-2017

Fueled by new ideas, Kris Kimel began IdeaFestival and KSTC.

Kris Kimel

Founder, IdeaFestival®, and President, Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation (KSTC)

Interviewed: 08-27-2017

Acting is a calling for Ryan Burch.

Ryan Burch

Actor and Student at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art

Interviewed: 08-27-2017

A passion for life drives Kinsey Morrison to make a difference.

Robbie Bartlett’s signature voice spans R&B, soul and jazz.

Robbie Bartlett

Band Leader, The Robbie Bartlett Band

Interviewed: 03-26-2017

Creativity, curiosity and discipline define Delanor Manson’s accomplishments across many fields.

Delanor Manson

Senior Healthcare Executive, Manson and Associates LLC, and Retired U.S. Navy Captain

Interviewed: 03-24-2017

The desire to serve her community and have a greater impact on more people fuels Theresa Reno-Weber to excel.

Theresa Reno-Weber

President and CEO, Metro United Way, and Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard

Interviewed: 03-24-2017

A passion for service fuels Jerry Abramson.

Abby Drane leads Uspiritus, whose mission is healing the hearts and minds of vulnerable youth and their families.

Conrad Bachmann’s career spans four decades and hundreds of roles.

Conrad Bachmann

Founder, Louisville International Festival of Films, and Hollywood Actor

Interviewed: 10-14-2016

Amanda Duffy’s desire to break boundaries and her competitive spirit to succeed drive her every day.

Amanda Duffy

Past President, Louisville City FC (Football Club)

Interviewed: 10-14-2016

A competitive spirit drives Chris Morris in his pursuit for excellence as a master distiller.

Chris Morris

Master Distiller, Brown-Forman Corporation

Interviewed: 11-15-2015

Dan McDonnell loves to compete, loves to win, and loves seeing the growth in his players as he coaches the University of Louisville baseball team.

Coach Dan McDonnell

Head Coach, University of Louisville Men’s Baseball

Interviewed: 11-13-2015

Jeff Walz has a passion for excellence that drives him as the head coach of the University of Louisville Women’s basketball team.

Coach Jeff Walz

Head Coach, University of Louisville NCAA Women’s Basketball

Interviewed: 11-13-2015

Heather Howell’s desire to inspire her children and fear of failure power her in selecting her projects and in growing beverage brands.

Love for family drives both Patrick John Hughes and his son, Patrick Henry Hughes, to expand possibilities.

Patrick John Hughes

Inspirational Father and Son Leadership Story

Interviewed: 08-21-2015

Love for family drives both Patrick John Hughes and his son, Patrick Henry Hughes, to expand possibilities.

Patrick Henry Hughes

Inspirational Father and Son Leadership Story

Interviewed: 08-21-2015

Michael Blowen’s fear of horses grew into a deep love for horses, and for saving their lives.

Michael Blowen

Founder and President, Old Friends Farm – A Thoroughbred Retirement Facility

Interviewed: 07-26-2015

Katie George sees her daily challenge to make herself and others better.

Katie George

2015 Miss Kentucky USA

Interviewed: 07-26-2015

The 1993 tragic murder of their daughter, Mary, thrust Pat Byron and her husband, John, into advocacy work for domestic violence victims.

Jim Allen cites leadership by example as his style leading Hilliard Lyons.

Louisville-native Scotty Davenport is enjoying a notable career as a basketball coach in his own hometown.

Coach “Scotty” Davenport

Head Coach, Bellarmine University Men’s Basketball Team (2005-)

Interviewed: 07-24-2009

Rowan Claypool is a social entrepreneur who believes that young knowledge economy workers are the future to prosperous communities.

Rowan Claypool

Founder, “Bulldogs in the Bluegrass”

Interviewed: 09-27-2006

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