Pace University
Encore Transition Program

The Pace Encore Transition Program, launched in 2013 in New York City, is designed for adults in midlife and beyond who are preparing to leave or have left their primary careers and want to explore encore careers — second acts for the greater good in the nonprofit and public service sectors.

Led by accomplished encore practitioners, life and career coaches, nonprofit leaders and successful encore entrepreneurs, the Encore Transition Program consists of three in-person workshops and an online component that allow participants to network with like-minded people and explore ways to leverage their skills and experience in projects and jobs that are personally fulfilling, have social impact, provide continued income and allow for a balanced and productive second half of life.

Pace University’s Encore Transition Program provides information, resources and a network for executives and professionals moving from midlife careers into encore roles.

During the workshops, participants will:

  • Participate in discussions about the cultural and practical differences of working in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
  • Network with leaders of nonprofit organizations who discuss their staffing and talent needs.
  • Learn the secrets of successful resume design and how to use social media for marketing and researching job opportunities.
  • Work with a dynamic life coach who helps participants identify their encore goals and transferable skills.
  • Link up with leaders of pathway organizations who recruit encore talent and describe what nonprofits look for in volunteers, staff and board members.

Following the program, Pace supports graduates by hosting networking receptions for program alumni and presenters, offering complementary mini-courses on selected topics and sharing available job and fellowship opportunities, as well as alumni success stories.

The program attracts executives and professionals in their 50s, 60s and 70s who are either preparing to leave or have left their midlife careers and who want to explore activities that allow them to use their skills and experience to give back to the community and society as a whole.

Currently, Pace is developing models that will offer encore training to groups of employees, including those facing mandatory retirement, those facing layoffs and those simply looking to scale back their careers and find opportunities for mission-driven work in the second half of life.

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The program is offered multiple times each year, and accepts up to 20 students into each cohort. It includes: 

  • A review of the encore concept,
  • Reframing each participant’s personal story and identifying motivators in the encore phase of life, 
  • Introductions to nonprofit leaders in the arts, social services, education and health care and 
  • Introductions to role models who have made their own encore transitions, including Purpose Prize winners and Encore fellows. 

This intensive course is comprised of three in-person workshops and an online component. Instructors include Pace professors, nonprofit and government leaders, Encore Fellows and coaches specializing in transitions. Pace supports program graduates by hosting networking receptions for all program alumni and sharing success stories.

Read more about Pace’s program in this Next Avenue article by Richard Eisenberg.

Hear from Encore Transition Program Director Joan Tucker and program graduates in this video.