Experienced, Senior Leaders – Ready for an Encore?

About the program

Encore Louisville is for experienced leaders who have spent decades of their careers in leadership roles, and want to give back to the community. Through the program, they share their wisdom to make our community’s nonprofits stronger.

Launched in 2014, Encore Louisville is the Leadership Louisville Center’s newest program. It was created to leverage the talent, skills, and experience of senior leaders who are transitioning out of the workforce. Participants pool their expertise to help nonprofits manage critical strategic issues. In this way, our community’s star talent continues to engage in high-impact civic leadership. They stay connected with professional peers and enjoy a flexible, self-directed time commitment. Community nonprofits, and those they serve benefit from the expertise of the highest-level community trustees. There is no cost to the nonprofit agencies.
See examples of the impact Encore Louisville has on local nonprofit organizations.

Applications for the Encore Louisville Class of 2021 will open in Fall 2020.

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • Make a serious impact with a limited time commitment – Encore Louisville teams serve as consultants for a 12-14 week engagement with nonprofit organizations in the Louisville region
  • Connect with like-minded senior community leaders
  • Further your leadership legacy by sharing your wisdom and experience with those in need

How the community benefits

  • Nonprofit organizations have a valuable new resource to tap for help with serious organizational and strategic issues
  • The community benefits from the wisdom, expertise, and connections of experienced civic leaders

See results of previous years’ projects

Time commitment

The program will take place over 12 months, and involve program days in January, April, July, October and January (typically 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) Participants self-select to take part in two to four projects over the course of the year. Each of these projects will involve a maximum of 15-20 hours each.

Program Calendar for the Class of 2020


Thursday, January 9, 2020 (Orientation for new participants from 9-10 a.m., program day from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. concluding in a reception from 3-5 p.m.)
Friday, April 17, 2020, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
January 26 , 2021, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. concluding in a reception from 3-5 p.m.

Who should apply

Encore Louisville is for experienced senior community leaders. Admission to the program is competitive. Applicants are typically over 50 and have significant leadership experience, including board and nonprofit involvement throughout their careers. Some are retired or transitioning from their career, but many are still active in their professions or are in consultant roles.

Do I have to be a graduate?

You do not have to be a graduate of a Leadership Louisville Center civic program (Focus Louisville, Leadership Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Bingham Fellows, Encore Louisville) or a Leadership Green Room course to participate in Encore Louisville.  However, those who are not alumni must fulfill additional tuition requirements described below.


Encore Louisville was designed to serve alumni of our other programs, but we have expanded this definition over the years to be more inclusive of non-graduates. Because Encore Louisville is a professionally managed and facilitated program, there are significant administrative costs, and tuition does not cover the costs to manage this program. Because of this, we do ask for some level of investment in the Leadership Louisville Center as a prerequisite for participation, and we are dependent on additional sponsors and donors to make Encore Louisville possible. Here is the fee structure for the program:

  • Leadership Louisville Center alumni (which includes past participants of Leadership Louisville, Bingham Fellows, Ignite Louisville, Focus Louisville, Encore Louisville, or any of our Leadership Green Room trainings) – Tuition for the 2020 class is $295 (which includes the $175 Encore Louisville fee plus discounted annual membership dues of $120).
  • If you are not a graduate:
    • Please apply for Encore Louisville, but upon acceptance, you will be asked to register to participate in Focus Louisville ($600) or one of our Leadership Green Room Courses (prices vary). You can complete the Focus Louisville or Leadership Green Room course anytime in 2020 (various dates are available). If the Focus Louisville or Leadership Green Room tuition is a barrier, support can be requested. Please contact Aimee Jewell (ajewell@leadershiplouisville.org) to discuss which program or course is best for you. Tuition for Encore Louisville will be $295 (which includes the $175 Encore Louisville fee plus discounted annual membership dues of $120).
    • Obtain a letter of recommendation from a current or past Encore Louisville participant or any member of the Leadership Louisville Center board of directors. With this letter, participation in Focus Louisville or a Leadership Green Room course is waived, however, your first year of Encore Louisville will carry a $995 tuition. After your first year, you will be considered a program graduate and can join Encore at the regular rate of $295. You will also earn a credit good for participation in the Focus Louisville program should you choose to use it sometime during the year, or you may gift it to someone else.

How to apply

Applications will open in fall 2020, for the class of 2021. Considerations are credentials, expertise, and board service.

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. For more information, contact Jo Lloyd-Triplett or call (502) 561-0458.

The next opportunity to submit a proposal will be in December 2020.


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