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Encore!Hartford 2016 Information

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Encore!Hartford 2016 Fellows

Gina Amalfitano
West Hartford, CT

Garra Brooke
West Hartford, CT

Therese Calos
East Hampton, CT

Mario Chiappetti
Simsbury, CT

Judy-Ann Cooke
East Granby, CT

Melissa Dayton
Guilford, CT

Sara Degraff
New Britain, CT

Archie Elam
Stamford, CT

Ruth Flemming
Bloomfield, CT

Stacey Goodwin
Westport, CT

James Hedges
New Canaan, CT

Mal Karwoski
Monroe, CT

John Kiker
Old Lyme, CT

Billie Scruse
West Hartford, CT

Michael Seltzer
West Hartford, CT

Michelle Sirois
Coventry, CT

Lawrence Wilder
Simsbury, CT

Joseph Zafian
Granby, CT

A Workforce Preparedness Program for Managerial and Professional Employment in the Connecticut Nonprofit Sector


Encore!Hartford is a program of the University of Connecticut Nonprofit Leadership Program in collaboration with Leadership Greater Hartford. Each year the program enrolls 20-25 seasoned corporate and public service professionals seeking managerial and professional positions in the Connecticut nonprofit sector. 2015 marks the sixth year for Encore!Hartford, and we are proud that most of the graduates are now working in nonprofit organizations where their skills and passion can make a difference.

Participants are selected through a rigorous application process based on their skill sets and potential for success in the nonprofit sector.  Minimum qualifications are a bachelor’s degree and at least 15 years experience.  While the minimum age requirement is 40, it is expected that many participants will be in their 50s and 60s—mature, experienced professionals looking for ways to put their experience and talents to use in purposeful work in the community.

Encore!Hartford is a 16-week intensive program.  Workshops, held at different nonprofit organizations, are designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the nonprofit sector and hone the participants’ leadership skills in preparation for appropriate employment.  The focus of the field work is an eight-week management experience called the Encore fellowship which provides experience in the field and helps participants develop the networks and skill sets essential to success in their job searches. Fellowships are designed to provide experiences similar to the positions participants will be seeking.  Hosting organizations will represent the broad array of nonprofit organizations in all fields—the arts, culture and history, health and human services, youth and education, the environment, etc. and include large, well established organizations as well as smaller start-up organizations.

Complete information about Encore!Hartford is available at
Other sponsors include AARP, CT Works, CT Association of Nonprofits, Jewish Family Services and United Way.

If your nonprofit organization is interested in hosting a fellow for an 8-week field experience project, contact Doe Hentschel 860.951.6161 x1300 or