What is Encore Louisville?

What skills will I build in this program?

How does the Encore Louisville experience work?

Who should apply for Encore Louisville?

Do I have to be a graduate?

What are the time commitments involved?

What is the cost?

How many people are invited to participate each year?

How do I submit an application?

How does a nonprofit apply to work with Encore Louisville?

What happens after my application is submitted?


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.

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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.

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How does the Encore Louisville experience work?

Encore Louisville takes place over the course of 12 months, starting in January 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 (January, May, August 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).

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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 career. Some are retired or transitioning from their career, but many are still active in their professions.

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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.

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What are the time commitments involved?

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.

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What is the cost?

Because Encore Louisville is a professionally managed and facilitated program, there are significant administrative costs. Tuition does not cover all of the costs to manage this program, and we are dependent on sponsors and donors to make Encore Louisville possible. Tuition for this program varies based on alumni and membership status with the Leadership Louisville Center:

  • Leadership Louisville Center alumni and contributing member – Tuition for the 2018 class is $175 (plus annual member dues)
  • Non-graduate tuition options:
    • Register and participate in Focus Louisville (tuition $600) along with Encore Louisville tuition ($175) and membership dues ($100 for Focus Louisville graduates).  With this option, you can participate in any session of Focus Louisville (which happens four times per year) before the final session of Encore Louisville in November 2018. If the Focus Louisville tuition is a barrier, scholarship support can be requested.  And trust us, you will LOVE Focus Louisville whether you are newer to the Louisville community or have lived here for your whole life.
    • 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 is waived, however your first year of Encore Louisville will carry a $775 tuition. After your first year, you will be considered a program graduate and can join Encore at the regular rate (in addition to membership dues). You will also earn a credit good for participation in the Focus Louisville program should you choose to use it sometime during the year.

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How many people are invited to participate each year?

Approximately 35 leaders will make up the class.

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How do I submit an application?

The next opportunity to apply for Encore Louisville is between October 29th and November 30th.
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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.  Learn more about what’s involved for nonprofit agencies. 

Submit a proposal

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What happens after my application is submitted?

Applicants will be notified of selection decisions in late fall.