Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner

In his first term as mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner has eliminated a $160 million budget shortfall and championed historic pension reform. He’s dealt with the impact of climate change first-hand in leading disaster recovery from Hurricane Harvey. And in just the last year, Houston created more than 86,200 jobs and has the lowest unemployment rate in four decades.

What can Louisville learn from Houston and Mayor Turner?

We’ll soon find out at the 2019 Leadership Louisville Luncheon on August 26th when Mayor Turner joins the crowd of 1,000+ as keynote speaker. The event is hosted in partnership with the Leadership Louisville Center and the Office of the Mayor and is one of the largest gatherings of the region’s most influential leaders and organizations.

Together, we’ll learn lessons from Houston’s leader and consider what kind of city we want to be. There’s much we can learn about adaptation in cities and addressing shared challenges from one of the nation’s largest cities.

Houston is the 4th most populous city in the nation, trailing only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago – and is expected to be the 3rd in this decade.

It is the most ethnically diverse metro area in the U.S. and is known as the energy capital of the world.

The city cheered on the 2017 World Series-winning Houston Astros, hosted the NFL’s Super Bowl in 2017.

It’s home to the Johnson Space Center, the training base and home for our nation’s astronauts and the site of Mission Control. Fun fact – In 1969, “Houston” was the first word spoken from the moon when Neil Armstrong spoke the now-famous line, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”

And, Houston was hit by three 500-year storms in three years, including Hurricane Harvey, which ties Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record, inflicting $125 billion in damage.

When it comes to major issues that face Louisville, Turner and the city of Houston have much experience to offer. We can look to them as we focus on how we as a region can be a power for creating a more prosperous future.

Turner is a nationally recognized leader with a long history in leading the city of Houston, with 27 years in the Texas House of Representatives and now finishing his fourth year as mayor.

He has been featured in publications and news outlets such as 60 Minutes, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FOX News, Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise Magazine, Cuba Today Magazine, Ebony, New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today. He is a graduate of the University of Houston and earned a law degree from Harvard University.

Registration is now open for the event, with individual tickets and table sponsorships available.

The 2019 Leadership Louisville Luncheon will be held August 26, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, 280 W. Jefferson St., Louisville, KY. LG&E and KU Foundation generously supports the Leadership Louisville Luncheon as the event’s presenting sponsor.

Visit or call (502) 561-0458 to learn more.