Northwestern Mutual invests in on-going civic engagement and impact for region’s retiring leaders through Encore Louisville

Applications are now open for the Leadership Louisville Center’s Encore Louisville Class of 2017

Encore_Louisville_100Louisville, Kentucky (Sept. 8, 2016) – After two successful classes to date, applications are open for the third class of Leadership Louisville Center’s Encore Louisville program.  Designed to give community trustees an encore, this program connects retired or retiring leaders in an advisory capacity with local nonprofits organizations in need of their experience, wisdom, and strategic vision.  “Encore classes have already contributed expertise to 35 nonprofit organizations valued at over $120,000,” according to Dan Rivers, Managing Partner of Northwestern Mutual and a Leadership Louisville Center board member.  Northwestern Mutual is the presenting sponsor for the innovative program, which is believed to be the first of its kind among leadership programs in the United States. “We are excited to partner with Leadership Louisville Center and Encore Louisville leaders in growing this special program from good to great,” added Rivers.

Applications for the Encore Louisville Class of 2017 will be accepted through October 17 at  Individuals interested in staying engaged in civic leadership and with their professional peers despite career transitions are encouraged to apply.  The upcoming program year begins in December 2016 and ends in November 2017.  For additional program details, visit, or contact Angella Wilson at (502) 561-5221 or

More about Encore Louisville: Encore Louisville was launched in 2014 by the Leadership Louisville Center to provide a structure for individuals who want to continue to give back to the community as they retire, approach retirement or transition from professional careers. The program’s goal is to connect groups of seasoned leaders 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 engaged in civic leadership and involved with their professional peers despite career transitions. Nonprofit organizations gain assistance from the highest level community trustees.

The program takes place over 12 months and includes 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.

Each class includes about 30 community trustees, who have worked with over 35 nonprofit organizations since the program was piloted. See results at this link.  Nonprofit organizations interested in working with the Encore Louisville participants can learn more by visiting, or can contact Jo Lloyd-Triplett at The Encore Louisville program was piloted in 2014 through the Community Foundation of Louisville’s Fund for Louisville Grants Program.  Encore Louisville joins the Leadership Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Focus Louisville and Bingham Fellows programs as a key fifth leadership offering from the Leadership Louisville Center.

About the Leadership Louisville Center

Created in 1979, the Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement.  Its mission is to grow and connect a diverse network of leaders who serve as catalysts for a world-class community through dynamic programming and strong community connections.  Over 6,000 community leaders have graduated from the Center’s programs that include Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Bingham Fellows, and Encore Louisville.  The Leadership Green Room was launched in 2015 and serves at the training and talent development arm of the Center, expanding the resources available to the region’s business community and employee base.  In 2011, the Leadership Louisville Center was recognized as one of the top seven community leadership programs in the U.S. in a benchmark study by the Center for Creative Leadership, the “gold standard” global provider of executive leadership education and research.  Learn more at

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