Louisville Magazine

OCT 2018

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derbydinner.com 20 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 10.18 Plus 8 more Cynthia Knapek Knapek, 45, is president of the Leadership Louisville Center, which is in its 40th year. (Alumni of Leadership Louisville programs voted on this issue's list of Powerful People.) Knapek lives in Indian Hills. Describe the space you're in right now. "My office with artwork painted by the talented team at Leadership Louisville." Earliest childhood memory? "Being with cousins. Cousins are great because you spend just enough time together to know each other like family but enough time apart so you don't fight like family." When/where are you most creative? "During a good brainstorming meeting, I just let the ideas float and listen to the collection of 'what-ifs?' Afterward, when it's quiet, I grab a blank sheet of paper and put a pen in hand and start to diagram my thoughts. It looks a lot like hieroglyphics — with symbols and arrows and interlocking circles — but for me it's a roadmap." If you could be mayor of Louisville for a day, what would you do? "Direct more money to beautification projects like what Brightside does. More daffodils on the interstate. Knockout roses on the exit ramps. Flowerpots on Main Street. More please!" The weirdest place somebody has recognized you in public? "Always awkward to run into professional connections at the pool! Just because it's called a swimsuit does not mean it's an appropriate time for networking." In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job? "I help people find and amp up their superpowers. (Also, I attend A LOT of meetings. Maybe making meetings awesome is MY superpower?!?!)" The most unusual benefit of your job? "I am constantly surrounded by the smartest and most interesting people in town." Your drink? "My husband Mark is a great bartender, so if he's pouring, I am drinking. No mixes in our house. Only real ingredients — fresh mint, squeeze of lime, agave. He makes a particularly delightful margarita." Favorite possession? "The art(ifacts) from my boys as they have grown up. Artwork with handprints and Mother's Day cards with silly spelling are priceless." Favorite thing hanging on the walls at home? "An oil painting of a field of poppies that we bought at the Piazza Navona in Rome." What's on your nightstand? "My Kindle. I am currently working my way through Reese Witherspoon's booklist." What are you wearing right now? "Hmmm, I am not sure how to read this question. Is this like a red-carpet question or a 900-number thing?" What's on your credit-card statement? "A bunch of donations to the Community Foundation's Give for Good day." What Louisville dish have you eaten more than any other? "Smoked pecans from Bourbon Barrel Foods. Not a dish, but they are delish!" An Actors Theatre production about your life would be called… "Ruthless Prioritization." What word do you overuse? "So…." Least-favorite word? "Tangential. Stumble over it every time." Can't- miss TV show? "THIS. IS. US." What song's been stuck in your head? "'Blackbird,' by the Beatles." Have any superstitions? "Only Stevie Wonder."

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