Youth Plus Wisdom Equals… Innovation

Got an idea for a problem you want to solve in the world? Consider partnering with someone from another generation as a way to add fresh perspectives and bring on complementary skills. I explored this concept in a piece that was published in the New York Times this...

An Interview with Jane Pauley

A highlight of my work at Encore.org is that it’s allowed me to meet and work alongside Jane Pauley, one of my lifelong heroes. As a powerful voice on the subject of the encore life stage, Jane (Yes, I now actually call my hero by her first name!) has become a...

Purpose Prize Winners Make Headlines

Here are some of the highlights of the media coverage of this year’s Purpose Prize winners: The Wall Street Journal’s, a “‘Genius’ Awards for Retirees” features Ed Nicholson and Vicki Thomas’ programs for veterans. Next Avenue focuses on Ysabel Duron,...

Teach For America: Not Just for Twentysomethings

If you thought Teach for America (TFA) was just for high achieving twenty-somethings, think again. In case you’ve never heard of TFA, it’s an organization that trains teachers for a two-year commitment in the country’s most underserved schools. The...

Act 2: A better you or better yet, a better world

Last Friday I was asked to go on the Today show to talk about second acts. Which got me thinking. The standard notion is that it starts with an itch for something better — a better job, a better spouse, a better face, a better...

Encore Careers: A Solution to Hard Times?

As I tour the country, introducing people to The Encore Career Handbook, folks everywhere are telling me they’re worried about the still-sputtering economy. If you’re in the job market, finding work can seem daunting, and a little scary. But I’ve...