BABY BOOMER BUSINESS LEADERS GIVING BACK TO COMMUNITY
Experienced leaders who have spent decades of their career in leadership roles AND who want to share their wisdom and make our community’s nonprofits stronger are now having an encore. The Leadership Louisville Center’s Encore Louisville program was launched in 2014 to leverage the talent, skills, and experience of senior leaders who are transitioning out of the workforce to solve challenges faced by worthy nonprofits that need help managing critical strategic issues. In this way, the Center makes it possible for our community’s star talent to be engaged in high-impact civic leadership and stay connected with professional peers with a flexible, self-directed time commitment. Community nonprofits and all of those they serve benefit from the expertise and assistance of the highest-level community trustees. Encore Louisville receives support from Kosair Charities and Lift a Life Foundation.
The 2020 Encore Louisville class just began their year-long program (meet the class below). They participated in a marketplace to review pitches from area nonprofits hoping to gain strategic advice from a team of experienced executives. The nonprofits ‘pitched’ their requests in hopes of securing an Encore Louisville team who offer pro bono exploration of strategic issues, using their skills and experience to help identify options and solutions.
The 2019 Encore Louisville class helped 18 nonprofit agencies last year with strategic planning, opening doors to new partnerships, conducting facilitated brainstorming and priority-setting sessions, developing funding strategies and more. Recent projects included work for WE Kentucky, an organization that ignites youth interest in community service; Hosparus Health, an organization that supports individuals in the final stages of life and their families; and Coalition for Workforce Diversity, an organization that brings together adults with disabilities and employers looking to hire them. Learn more about the work of the 2019 class and these projects at this link: https://www.leadershiplouisville.org/encore-louisville/outcomes-of-the-2019-encore-louisville-program/
Nonprofits interested in working with an Encore Louisville team can now submit a proposal through February 14. Click here to learn how to get pro bono help from Encore Louisville as well as Ignite Louisville teams.
2020 Encore Louisville Class participants (view photo roster at this link)
Cindy Adelberg, Nonprofit Governance Consultant; Lynn Ashton, Sutherland & Associates, Sr. Business Designer; Steve Barger, Steve Barger Consulting, LLC, Consultant; Michael Bateman; Stephanie Bateman, Semonin Realtors, Real Estate Associate, ABR; Marty Bell; Nadine Brewer, NB Consulting, President; Bill Brown, Brown Strategy Group, President & CEO; Doug Butler, Retired from Akzo Nobel N.V.; Harold Butler, Community volunteer; Al Cornish, Closing the Gap Consulting, LLC & Culture Docs, Chief Learning Officer; J-R Curtin, 4Civility Institute, Senior Fellow/Executive Director; George Demaree, Real Results Consulting Solutions, President/CEO; Beth Dlutowski, Dlutowski Project Partners, Principal; Steve Ellis; Cindy Emig, Retired from Tessitura Network, Inc.; Alan Engel; John Fleming, Louisville Community Initiative, Unique Staffing, President; Stuart Goldberg; Jim Gravitt, MCM CPAs, Principal; Pam Greenwell, Seiller Waterman LLC, Attorney; Paula Hale, Paula Turner Hale LLC Consulting in Philanthropy, Owner; Larry Hartog, Ivy Tech Community College, Associate Professor; Bill Hensler; Chris Hermann, Retired from LG&E and KU Energy; Rick King, CED AIMM Services, Business Development Manager; Diane Kyle, Retired University of Louisville Professor & Administrator; Susan Lehmann, Retired Human Resources Leader; Kim McCastle, Castle Consulting Group, Managing Director; Barbara Michael, Mead & Hunt, Inc, Senior Aviation Advisor; Ken Middleton, Middleton Consulting (Retired), President; Joe Mitchell, Retired Attorney; Tom Monahan, Retired publisher of Business First; Nancy Moore, Nancy Gordon Moore Fine Art, Artist/Owner; Edie Nixon, D.D. Williamson, Retired from Sr. VP Strategic Projects; Karen Philley, Retired Chemical Industry Leader; Julie Pogue, Julie Pogue Properties, Broker/Owner; Steve Rungwerth, Retired Engineering Executive at GE Lighting; Michael Shaikun; Michael Smith, Smith Human Capital Solutions, President; Susan Smith; David X. Thurmond, Developing Xcellence Together, President; Linda Valentine, Valentine Consulting, Principal; Ginger Wallace, Colonel, Retired, US Air Force; Kevin Wardell, Retired Healthcare Executive; Susan Zepeda, Consultant, Retired Foundation Executive; and Mimi Zinniel, Retired.
More about Encore Louisville:
Baby Boomers are retiring at a rate of over 10,000 per day, and hundreds are transitioning out of the workforce in the Louisville region, many that are in significant leadership positions with decades of valuable experience. The Leadership Louisville Center launched the Encore Louisville program in 2014 to capture the talents, skills, energy, and experience of these leaders and provide a structure so they can meaningfully give back to the community. The program is like no other in the country and is designed so seasoned leaders can stay engaged with professional peers and help solve challenges faced by our nonprofit sector as they retire, approach retirement or transition from professional careers.
Each Encore Louisville class includes between 40-50 participants, some are new and some have been part of the program for years. The program takes place over 12 months and the class gathers five times beginning in January, offering time to connect with other class members, hear outcomes of project teams, and attend a marketplace to review pitches from area nonprofits hoping to gain strategic advice from an Encore Louisville team.
Encore Louisville participants self-select to join one of these Community Acceleration Teams, where they join a group of peers to lend their skills and experience to help identify options and solutions for the nonprofit. Over the course of the year, participants take part in two to four Community Acceleration Teams, each involving a time commitment of about 15-20 hours.
Since the program began, Encore Louisville Community Acceleration Teams have worked with over 90 nonprofit organizations. See recent results at this link. Nonprofit organizations interested in working with the Encore Louisville participants can learn more by visiting https://www.leadershiplouisville.org/who-we-are/how-we-help-nonprofits/, or can contact Jo Lloyd-Triplett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What participants and nonprofits say about Encore Louisville:
“When I retired from Business First, I was looking for opportunities to give back without making a huge commitment of time. Leadership Louisville Center’s new Encore Louisville program fit the bill perfectly. It’s been great fun helping non-profits come up with solutions to some of their challenges. And I’ve been able to do it in a manageable amount of time with fellow retirees who I enjoy being with.” Tom Monahan (EL ’15-’19, LL ’92), retired President and Publisher – Business First Louisville
“As a recently retired person who had been on a number of Boards over the years, I wasn’t interested in committing to a lot of new civic engagements. Encore Louisville was the perfect answer to still giving back but within a limited time frame. We have helped a number of nonprofits with specific problems, while getting to know other interesting, recent retirees–a great win-win.” Craig Grant (EL ’15-’18, BF ’97, LL ’91), retired Regional President, Kentucky and Florida, PNC Bank
“The Encore Team was made up of experienced individuals that provided concrete action steps that will improve board communications/working relationships and strengthen my skills as a CEO. Nonprofits generally do not have extra dollars for consultative services and the Encore Louisville program allows us access a group of talented professionals to provide services that could not be accessed in any other way.” Jackie Ford (BF ’19, LL ’17, FL ’15), CEO, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana
About the Leadership Louisville Center:
The Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement. With a purpose to inspire and equip leaders to be better and do better, it has graduated over 10,000 through its civic programs since 1979. The Center is recognized as a national best practice and is known for its dynamic programming and strong community connections. Programming includes five social impact leadership programs (Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Bingham Fellows and Encore Louisville), leadership skills training courses presented through the Leadership Green Room, and events designed to connect leaders and motivate positive change. Learn more at www.leadershiplouisville.org.
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