What is Encore Louisville?
Launched in the fall of 2014, Encore Louisville is the Leadership Louisville Center’s newest civic program. The program is for 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. The program connects groups of senior leaders in an advisory capacity with 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 involved with their professional peers with a flexible, self-directed time commitment. Community nonprofits and all of those they serve gain expertise and assistance from the highest level community trustees.
Why did Leadership Louisville Center create 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 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.
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 January and graduating the following January. The program is comprised of approximately 40-50 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 (January, April, July, October, and the following January), 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 (12ish weeks).
What kind of impact do Encore Louisville teams have on nonprofit organizations?
The class works in teams to provide strategic guidance to local nonprofits who requested help with specific issues and has become even more valuable to the nonprofit community throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Since last summer, Encore Louisville participants have worked with 17 nonprofits, providing over $250,000 in value.
See examples of the positive impact of Encore Louisville teams on local nonprofits
Who should apply for Encore Louisville?
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.
Do I have to be a graduate of a Leadership Louisville Center program?
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) to participate in Encore Louisville. However, those who are not alumni must fulfill additional tuition requirements described in the “What is the cost?” section.
What are the time commitments involved?
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.
What is the cost?
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 2021 class is $295 (which includes the $175 Encore Louisville fee plus discounted annual membership dues of $120).
- If you are not an alum:
- 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 2020-2021 (various dates are available). If the Focus Louisville or Leadership Green Room tuition is a barrier, support can be requested. Please contact Aimee Jewell (firstname.lastname@example.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 recommendation (via this online recommendation form) from a current or past Encore Louisville participant or any member of the Leadership Louisville Center board of directors. With this recommendation, 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 many people are invited to participate each year?
Approximately 40-50 leaders will make up the class.
How do I submit an application?
Applications will be open for the Class of 2021 from Monday, October 12 through Friday, November 13. The online application will be linked here and on our Encore Louisville program page.
How does a nonprofit apply to work with Encore Louisville?
The needs of the nonprofit organizations will be identified through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. The next opportunity to submit a proposal will be in December, 2020. Learn more about what’s involved for nonprofit agencies.
What happens after my application is submitted?
Applicants are notified of selection decisions in mid-December.