We're so proud of Nick Covault! Nick, Programming Manager at The Kentucky Center, has been named to LEO Weekly's inaugural Watch List, recognizing young innovators and collaborators who are doing amazing things in our community.
In Nick's defense, donuts are NOT how he usually fuels himself for the day...we surprised him with a box of sugary goodness to celebrate his success.
Earlier this spring, LEO assembled a panel of representatives from various local organizations — Greater Louisville Inc., Metro Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Louisville Center, Louisville Independent Business Alliance, Sullivan University and Young Professionals Association of Louisville. From these meetings, guidelines for The Watch List were created — proven dedication to community, a positive attitude about themselves and Kentuckiana. LEO then asked the public for nominations, and the panel narrowed down the entries into our inaugural Watch List class.
Get to know Nick in this excerpt from the article below - and read about other Watch List achievers here.
Name: Nick Covault
Occupation: Programming Manager for The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
College: University of Kentucky
Community Organization Involvement: Governor’s School for the Arts, Kentucky Opera, Dare to Care Food Bank, Louisville Public Media, Gilda’s Club, Rex Robley VA Hospital
How do you raise the bar for yourself?
I embrace optimism and the collective strength and potential of those around me. Raising the bar requires one to accept that it’s OK to dream, and to be led by those dreams (which often involve calculated risks). Raising the bar is not always a comfortable experience, but as a mentor recently said to me, it’s best to lead yourself toward abundance (proactive and forward thinking) rather than away from scarcity (reactive and fear-based).
If you were the mayor of Louisville, what would be your top priority?
Hopefully I would hit the ground running, but in the process of doing so, a huge first priority would be simply to listen. Meet people and listen — people with experience in government, people outside of the system, people from various neighborhoods, generations and lifestyles. Personally, I could only lead a city if I understood it from the inside out — what challenges are out there, what makes Louisvillians proud and what are our dreams for the place in which we live?
Describe why Kentuckiana is near and dear to your heart.
Fundamentally, its pace, balance and sense of discovery. I can keep up with Kentucky, yet it is constantly surprising me, and I feel like I have so much to discover here. It seems there is always a new park, show, neighborhood or restaurant I have never heard of. I can be in the middle of Bernheim Forest one afternoon, and seeing groundbreaking theater downtown three hours later (with time for an amazing meal in between). The sense of history here — whether in the architecture of Old Louisville or the paths of the Olmsted Park system — can make any afternoon stroll a stunningly inspirational experience. There is an amazing system of diverse grassroots culture here that is thrilling to experience as well. Louisville is full of characters, diversity and people who love living here ... and I’m sure I’ve not even discovered half of them.