What is Encore Louisville?
Launched in fall 2014, Encore Louisville is the newest Leadership Louisville Center program. It joins Leadership Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Focus Louisville and the Bingham Fellows as the organization’s fifth core leadership opportunity. Encore Louisville serves leaders over age 50 who are retired, approaching retirement or transitioning in their careers. The program allows them to pay forward their significant expertise and influence by connecting them, 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 continuously engaged in civic leadership and involved with their professional peers despite career transitions, while also assisting local nonprofit organizations by providing them with assistance from the highest levels of community trustees.
What skills will I build in this program?
While some skill building is possible (facilitation, consultation, team-building), this program is less about building skills and more about connecting with other professionals at this stage in their life and careers. The goal is growing relationships and building a better community together.
How does the Encore Louisville experience work?
Encore Louisville takes place over the course of 12 months, starting in December and graduating the following November. The program is comprised of approximately 35 leaders who will meet four times annually to begin and conclude projects for the nonprofit community, share progress, offer advice and present lessons learned. During the months between each of their scheduled program days (December, March, July and November), participants will form teams and assist area nonprofits with specific issues. Nonprofit organizations will have the opportunity to request assistance from Encore Louisville by submitting a proposal describing their challenges. Encore Louisville participants may volunteer to serve as a team facilitator (i.e., project leader) and take responsibility for selecting a nonprofit project and recruiting a team of 3-4 Encore Louisville colleagues to assist. The Encore Louisville team will begin working immediately on their project with the goal of completing all necessary work before the next program day (12-14 weeks).
Who should apply for Encore Louisville?
Participants must be:
- Over age 50
- A graduate of a Leadership Louisville Center program
- Current member of the Center
- Retired, approaching retirement or transitioning in their careers
If you are interested in the Encore Louisville program but are not a graduate, it is easy to register and complete our Focus Louisville program. Details on Focus Louisville can be found here.
What are the time commitments involved?
The program will take place over 12 months, and involve 4 program days (one full and three half days). See program calendar. Participants self-select to take part in one to three projects over the course of the year. Each of these projects will involve approximately 15 – 20 hours each.
What is the cost?
A minimal program tuition of $150 will be required to offset the cost of the program days and help ensure commitment of participants. Selected participants must be up to date on their membership dues before the start of the program.
How many people are invited to participate each year?
Approximately 35 leaders will make up the class.
How do I submit an application?
The next opportunity to apply for Encore Louisville is from September 6th through October 17th.
How does a nonprofit apply to work with Encore Louisville?
The Encore Louisville Request-for-Proposals for community nonprofits is open year round. Nonprofits may apply for both an Encore Louisville and an Ignite Louisville team, but will only be allowed one at most. A nonprofit that has received the benefit of an Encore Louisville team will not be eligible to apply again for two years. Nonprofits whose projects are not selected may reapply.
The Request-for-Proposal form will contain clear expectations and require the nonprofit to commit to the process. See Encore Louisville FAQ for Nonprofit Organizations. Nonprofits may submit a proposal at any time.
What happens after my application is submitted?
Applicants will be notified of selection decisions in the fall.