BECOME AN ENCORE FELLOW
Is an Encore Fellowship right for me?
Making the transition to an encore career in the social-purpose sector can be a significant undertaking. Encore Fellowships provide a valuable bridge where participants learn about nonprofits, foundations and social institutions while making significant contributions applying the skills, experience and knowledge they already have from their career. The fellowship experience also offers opportunities to establish new personal networks and learn firsthand about job and career options. (Pictured: Portland Encore Fellows Cheryl Edmonds and Paul Speer)
"Encore offers access to opportunities to contribute to social purpose that I could only vaguely articulate. You have taken the 'want' that many of our generation feel, and turned it into the 'how'."
Ed Hugler, Washington D.C.
Read Encore Fellow Stories
Read "Innovation, Collaboration and Learning"
by Anne Gable, who leveraged a 30-year career in commercial IT start-ups to an Encore Fellowship with AltruIT, a nonprofit social venture in IT services.
Read "It was Kismet - Jim Molay's Story" by Bill MacKenzie
who retired after 32 years of working for Intel and was now looking for a way to make a positive impact within the community of Portland Oregon.
AN ENCORE FELLOW'S STORY
Read "My Experience as an Encore Fellow", by Louisa Hellegers of the New York Encore Fellows program. After completing her fellowship and writing her story, Louisa joined her nonprofit Work Host as Director of Organizational Development.
"After taking four months after my retirement to move from California to Illinois, I dusted off my skill set and prepared to start my fellowship. While I employed a methodical approach and certainly called on my Intel skills and tools to take in a tremendous amount of information, what struck me (and surprised me) most along the way, was how much I was mesmerized by the Camp Kesem stories—the gratitude and hope of the families, the courage and resilience of the campers, the energy and compassion of the counselors
So if you are considering an Encore Career, be prepared to be surprised, and be prepared to be amazed."
Liane Anderson, 2012 Encore Fellow at Camp Kesem, Winnetka, IL
Bill Johnson implemented a new supplies ordering and inventory management process that resulted in annual savings of over $92,000 and the collection of $300,000 in pharmacy claims for a community health care center.
"It's really renewed my self-confidence. After you've been retired for a while, you wonder if you still have what it takes to make things happen. But we've gotten a lot done, and I'm really enjoying it."
Bill Johnson, 2011 Encore Fellow at Ravenswood Family Health Center, East Palo Alto
"My fellowship is to provide HR services for my education non profit: implement/refresh the performance management system, update the compensation structures and job architecture, provide a management development curriculum, implement a talent management process, develop a staffing strategy, coach managers, and provide a 'human capital' perspective to their long range planning process.
We have negotiated an ongoing relationship! I'll continue to provide HR services until such time as the organization grows large enough to require a full time person. I will go into the office 2 - 3 days a week and will also have plenty of flexibility to take time off.
It is heaven."
Kim Wisckol, 2010 Encore Fellow at Partners in School Innovation, San Francisco
John Arnold devised cash-management procedures for a large community-based consortium of clinics, as part of the Encore Fellows in California Community Clinics program.
“I didn’t want to be a consultant who delivers another report that just gets filed on a shelf,” he said. “And I didn’t want to stuff envelopes at a nonprofit, either... I tell my peers there are ways to make a good transition from your primary career and still make a difference.”
John Arnold, 2011 Encore Fellow at La Clínica de La Raza, Oakland, CA
"My work host, the Eagle Academy Foundation, empowers at-risk inner city young men by providing quality education resources and community-based initiatives. While I went in expecting a period of observation and learning, I found myself immediately immersed in all aspects of the organization. Within the first week, I had not only drafted materials for a board meeting, I participated in that same meeting. I think it helps that the foundation’s mission resonates with me and I feel both proud and fortunate to be a part of it."
Susan Waters, 2011 Encore Fellow at Eagle Academy Foundation, New York City
"I think the program is very well conceived and administered. I have greatly enjoyed meeting and exploring the needs in our society with other Encore Fellows. The Encore Fellows Model is not a typical consulting model. It encompasses the following elements: knowledge of directly applicable theory and practice, analysis, recommendation, responsibility for implementation and responsibility for on going sustainability."
Pat Guerra, 2011 Encore Fellow at Second Harvest Food Bank, San Jose
"I came into the process knowing that I wanted to be part of something bigger, but was unsure how my 25 years of Wall Street experience could best be translated and matched to an organization. Becoming part of the Encore Fellows program has been an extremely satisfying and enlightening journey for me. During my 12 year career at Goldman Sachs, I was very lucky to learn from some of the best and brightest people; working with people during my Encore Fellowship has brought back that same feeling."
Michael Weitzner, 2011 Encore Fellow at Enterprise Community Partners, New York
WHAT SORT OF WORK MIGHT I BE DOING?
The primary focus of an Encore Fellowship is to complete a high-impact project in a social-purpose organization, such as a nonprofit, a foundation, a school district or a hybrid social venture. The nature of the project depends on the need of the organization and on the experience, skills and interest of the fellow.
Encore Fellows bring a wide variety of highly transferable skills that can have a huge impact on the organizations that host them. Here are some typical fellow functional assignments:
Lynda Zakrzewski is the Business Development Specialist at Community Environment Center, the largest not-for-profit energy conservation organization in New York State. Lynda is developing new business models and ventures for CEC.
Pat Guerra was the Operations/Production Manager at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara in 2011. Pat's role was to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the SHFB operations and distribution network to provide fresh produce.
Connie Osborne was the CFO at 1stAct Silicon Valley. Connie was responsible for implementing robust accounting, financial and information systems during 2011.
Roger Lewis is the Human Resource Consultant at Gardner Family Health Network in San Jose. Roger is recommending and implementing improvements in their HR systems and providing management training to improve employee oversight and competitiveness.
Marketing and Communications
Dennis Powell is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Ashoka's US Program, working on all aspects of marketing, communications, brand management, and PR. Dennis is based in Washington DC.
Kunio Hasebe was the Chief Experience Advisor at West County Health Centers, where he helped design systems to create a patient-centered customer experience at their clinics, and transform care through the use of technology and data driven decisions.
Cheryl Edmonds is the Volunteer Services Fellow at Metropolitan Family Service in Portland. Cheryl leads a program to enhance volunteer development opportunities, working specifically with local businesses to promote volunteerism among people aged 55+.
Strategy and Planning
George Dies is the Strategic Planning Fellow at the Marine Science Institute, securing a permanent site for MSI and revising their strategic plan.
If you are interested in becoming an Encore Fellow, we'd like to hear from you.
Meet the Fellows
Learn more about some of the Fellows in programs located around the country.
Watch some videos about Encore Fellows Programs. Hear from Work Hosts, Fellows, and Program Sponsors about their experiences and why the Fellowships program is important to them.
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Intel Encore Fellows
Eligible Intel employees may apply.