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Only the Best Get an Encore

About the program

NM-presented by_250Launched in the fall of 2014, Encore Louisville is the newest Leadership Louisville Center program. The program is for civic leaders who want to continue to give back to the community as they retire, approach retirement or transition from professional careers. The program’s goal is to connect groups of participants in an advisory capacity with worthy nonprofits that need help managing critical strategic issues. In this way, the Center anticipates keeping our community’s star talent engaged in civic leadership and involved with their professional peers despite career transitions. Nonprofit organizations gain assistance from the highest level community trustees.

  • “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, 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 non profits with specific problems, while getting to know other interesting, recent retirees–a great win-win.”
    Craig Grant (EL ’15, BF ’97, LL ’91), retired regional president, Kentucky and Florida, PNC Bank

  • “I was interested in the 2015 Encore Louisville program from my very first exposure to the concept. My experiences in this first program year exceeded my expectations. I have been on a different team for each of the program periods – our projects included a shared service system implementation, a green building demonstration project and a cancer support organization. The time commitment was manageable and not a burden. I signed up for the 2016 program at the first opportunity.”
    Chris Hermann (EL ’15, BF ’00, LL ’94), retired, senior vice president, LG&E and KU Energy

How individuals benefit

• Leave your legacy with a limited time commitment – impact the community through consulting roles benefiting nonprofit organizations in the Louisville region
• Stay connected to professional peers
• Continue to develop as a leader

How the community benefits

• Nonprofit organizations have a valuable new resource to tap for help with strategic planning
• The community continues to benefit from the wisdom, expertise and connections of experienced civic leaders

See results of previous years’ projects

How nonprofit agencies can get involved

The needs of the nonprofit organizations will be identified through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process.  Learn more about what’s involved for nonprofit agencies. 

Submit a proposal

Time commitment

The program will take place over 12 months, and involve four program days (one full and three half days.) Participants self-select to take part in one to three projects over the course of the year. Each of these projects will involve a maximum of 10-15 hours each.

Program Calendar

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday, November 2, 2017

Who should apply

Graduates of Leadership Louisville Center programs who are:

    • Members of the Leadership Louisville Center
    • Over age 50
    • Retired, in the process of retiring, or transitioning in their careers
    • Seeking to give their time and expertise to worthy causes

Not a graduate? You can still apply as long as you complete Focus Louisville. Get details on Focus Louisville.

How to apply

Applications will open for the next class in fall of 2017. Considerations are credentials, expertise and board service.


A minimal program tuition of $175 will be required to offset cost of program days.


See Frequently Asked Questions about Encore Louisville. For more information, contact Aaron Miller or call (502) 561-0458.