Introducing our first creative in residence, plus five new senior fellows

We’re excited to introduce you to a diverse group of five new advisors — plus a familiar Encore.org leader now in a new role. Together, they bring a wealth of ideas, talents and creative energy to our work bridging generational divides.

Scott Shigeoka 
Storyteller, artist and entrepreneur
New title: Creative in residence
New assignment: Scott leads Encore.org’s work on brand strategy, while also launching our new podcast and designing a major virtual event on intergenerational connection and collaboration.
Background: Scott (he/they) works to heal divisions in the United States through creative consultation with the nation’s leading bridging organizations and efforts. Scott is a former social impact leader at the design firm IDEO, a writer for publications like The Washington Post, and co-founder of two social enterprises in the U.S. and Europe. Scott has been awarded fellowships with Fulbright, MTV Networks, and at the Sundance Institute. They have been a visiting instructor for design, storytelling and social entrepreneurship courses at UC Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas at Austin.
One more thing: Scott is the author of the Bridging Differences Playbook, produced by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley.

Harriette Cole
Media legend, author and coach
New title: Senior fellow
New assignment: Harriette is exploring intergenerational themes, helping Encore.org reach diverse audiences and leaders, and coaching a group of fellows on media and public speaking. 
Background: Harriette’s mission is to help people identify, stand in and articulate their greatness. Her range of professional experiences include being a model, holding various leadership positions at Essence and Ebony magazines, coaching recording artists on public speaking — including Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys, writing seven books, maintaining a weekly column for 17 years and hosting DreamLeapers, an educational platform and WBAI radio show designed to help people access and activate their dreams. She continues to host a popular Facebook Live interview series featuring celebrities.
One more thing: Harriette served as AARP’s first Encore Fellow in 2020.

Cal Halvorsen
Scholar and Encore Public Voices Fellow
New title: Senior fellow
New assignment: Cal is leading an evaluation of the Gen2Gen Innovation Fellowship’s first two years.
Background: Cal is an assistant professor at the Boston College School of Social Work and an affiliate of the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. His work examines aging societies and the need and desire for people in midlife and beyond to work, with particular emphasis on self-employment, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and encore careers for the greater good. Cal was a member of the first group of Encore Public Voices Fellows in 2018.
One more thing: Cal worked for Encore.org for six years before he left to get a PhD, serving as program associate, project manager, then director of research and evaluation.

Isabel González Whitaker
Journalist, nonprofit consultant and Presidential Leadership Scholar
New title: Senior fellow
New assignment: Isabel is exploring generational issues relating to the Latino/LatinX community and coaching a group of fellows on media and public speaking.
Background: An accomplished journalist, Isabel is principal advisor for the world’s largest healthcare charity, where she leads C-suite thought leadership and executive visibility efforts. Previously, Isabel was deputy editor of Billboard and features editor at InStyle. During her 18-year career as a journalist in New York, she wrote numerous cover stories and produced features on Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Derek Jeter, President Joe Biden, and more. Isabel is co-author of Latin Chic: Entertaining with Style and Sass (HarperCollins) and executive producer of a documentary short, “Women in Music: Inspiring a Generation” featuring former First Lady Michelle Obama. In 2018, Isabel was selected to be a Presidential Leadership Scholar. 
One more thing: Isabel created the first park in the State of Georgia to be named for a Latinx individual. The Sara J. González Memorial Park is named after her late mother, a groundbreaking business leader and Purpose Prize winner.

Gara LaMarche
Long-time leader of philanthropies and advocate for social justice 
New title: Senior fellow
New assignment: Gara will find new ways to support collaborations between older and younger social justice leaders.
Background: Gara is stepping down as president of the Democracy Alliance, the largest network of donors dedicated to building the progressive movement in the U.S. Earlier in his career, he served as president of the Atlantic Philanthropies and vice president and director of U.S. programs for the Open Society Foundations. A longtime advocate for human rights at home and abroad, he has held various positions with Human Rights Watch, PEN American Center, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
One more thing: Check out this two-minute video capturing Gara’s take on inequality and privilege for the Ford Foundation.

Phyllis Segal
Long-time nonprofit and public sector leader
New title: Senior fellow
New assignment: Phyllis is advancing intergenerational national service as a powerful new way to meet community needs and bridge the generational divide.
Background: As a VP at Encore.org from 2007 to 2020, Phyllis spearheaded many groundbreaking initiatives, including the Gen2Gen campaign, research to understand encore talent as a resource for meeting society’s most pressing needs, and programs to offer pathways for people in later life who want to transition to new work in nonprofits and government. Phyllis brings extensive experience in the nonprofit and public sectors. She was founding legal director (and subsequently president) of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, chaired the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and served as a board member of the Corporation for National and Community Service and chair of the Federal Labor Relations Authority. 
One more thing: Phyllis co-founded and serves on the board of the Eli J. and Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University.

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