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 now have a chance to have an encore. Encore Louisville is the Leadership Louisville Center’s newest program that launched in 2014 to leverage the talent, skills, and experience of senior leaders who are transitioning out of the workforce to solve challenges faced by 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 stay connected with professional peers with a flexible, self-directed time commitment. Community nonprofits and all of those they serve benefit from the expertise and assistance of the highest-level community trustees.
Applications for the Encore Louisville Class of 2020 will be accepted through November 13 at www.leadershiplouisville.org. 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. The upcoming program year begins in January 2021 and ends in January 2022. The 2021 class will be held virtually for the foreseeable future. Decisions about in-person meetings will be made by the class.
Those interested in the program are invited to attend a virtual Encore Louisville overview session presented by staff and current participants:
- Friday, Oct. 30, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 5, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
More about 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 in 2014 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 and is designed so seasoned leaders can stay engaged with professional peers and help solve challenges faced by our nonprofit sector as they retire, approach retirement or transition from professional careers.
Each Encore Louisville class includes between 40-50 participants, some are new and some have been part of the program for years. The program takes place over 12 months and the class gathers five times beginning in January, offering time to connect with other class members, hear outcomes of project teams, and attend a marketplace to review pitches from area nonprofits hoping to gain strategic advice from an Encore Louisville team.
Encore Louisville participants self-select to join one of these Community Acceleration Teams, where they join a group of peers to lend their skills and experience to help identify options and solutions for the nonprofit. Over the course of the year, participants take part in two to four Community Acceleration Teams, each involving a time commitment of about 15-20 hours.
Since the program began, Encore Louisville Community Acceleration Teams have worked with over 90 nonprofit organizations. See recent results at this link. Nonprofit organizations interested in working with the Encore Louisville participants can learn more by visiting https://www.leadershiplouisville.org/who-we-are/how-we-help-nonprofits/, or can contact Jo Lloyd-Triplett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What participants and nonprofits say about Encore Louisville:
“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-’19, 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 nonprofits with specific problems, while getting to know other interesting, recent retirees–a great win-win.” Craig Grant (EL ’15-’18, BF ’97, LL ’91), retired Regional President, Kentucky and Florida, PNC Bank
“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
About the Leadership Louisville Center:
The Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement. With a purpose to inspire and equip leaders to be better and do better, it has graduated over 10,000 through its civic programs since 1979. The Center is recognized as a national best practice and is known for its dynamic programming and strong community connections. Programming includes five social impact leadership programs (Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Bingham Fellows and Encore Louisville), leadership skills training courses presented through the Leadership Green Room, and events designed to connect leaders and motivate positive change. Learn more at www.leadershiplouisville.org.
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For more information, contact:
Holly Prather, Vice President
Cell: (502) 609-9227