Russell Abbott spent most of his career on Wall Street working in hedge fund management. About two years ago at the age of 65, he transitioned to working for a non-profit based in Brooklyn, New York called Extreme Kids and Crew. The organization is a community center where children with disabilities and their families can socialize, create and play.

Russell was first introduced to Extreme Kids and Crew via the Encore Fellowship Program run by It’s essentially a matchmaking service that connects senior corporate executives with non-profit organizations looking for experienced talent. The program is now in its tenth year and has placed over 2,000 executives in positions in 50+ cities across the United States. Encore VP Marci Alboher describes the program in the podcast.

If you’ve ever considered a transition to the non-profit sector, check out Russell’s story. The episode is only 19 minutes long and well worth a listen.

Second Act Stories is a podcast that shares the stories of people who have made major career changes to pursue more rewarding lives in a second act. You can subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, GooglePlus or wherever you get your podcasts.

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