Encore Public Voices Fellowship
The Encore Public Voices Fellowship was a three-year collaboration with The OpEd Project to accelerate the ideas and impact of new and necessary thought leaders working at the intersection of aging, longevity, intergenerational connection and social justice.
Sixty-two Encore Public Voices Fellows gained access to support, community and mentoring to ensure their ideas shape the greater public conversation taking place in the media. Fellows have been featured at South by Southwest, on Good Morning America, and in publications including The New York Times, USA Today, Fast Company, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and more.
All Encore Public Voices Fellows continue to speak out. See “In the Media” below for updates on their work.
Project Director, Collective Healing Initiative, 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge
Founder and CEO, The Cares Family
Director of Community Engagement, The LGBT Community Center of the Desert
Social justice lawyer
Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Stanford University
Member, San Francisco Youth Commission
Advocate and Social Entrepreneur
Assistant Professor of Social Work, Boston College of Social Work
President & CEO,
Build Baton Rouge
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Northwestern University
Senior Manager, Blue Zones Project Hawaii
Founder and Principal Consultant, Ebony Walden Consulting
New York University
CEO & Executive Producer, [Re]-Frame Media
Founder & CEO,
Mary’s House for Older Adults
Initiative Director, Changing the Narrative
President and CEO,
The Viscardi Center
Co-founder The Age of No Retirement CIC, Creator of The Common Room purpose model
Director, Longevity Economy, Thought Leadership, AARP
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Mon Ami
Founder and Executive Director, Treehouse Foundation
English as a Second Language Specialist, Ohio State University
Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Southern California
Regional Program Manager at National Alliance For Mental Illness
Founder of Social Health Labs
San Francisco Village Chair, Village Movement California
Author and oral historian
Designer and Civic Organizer,
TEDx Youth Columbia,
Artist and Associate Professor of Creative Arts and Technology, Bloomfield College
Director, Program Development and Technical Assistance, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University
Founder and CEO, Black Greeks Speak Social Justice and Human Rights Council
Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Bucknell University and Founder, Growing-Greener.org
Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Founder, New Mexico Women of Color Nonprofit Leadership Initiative
Principal Consultant at M Smith Consulting and Executive Director at Black/Land Project
CEO, Learning Edge / Talent Edge
Retired Professor of English, State University of New York at Old Westbury
Founder and President, The Slatin Group LLC, and Co-Founder, Slatin Media Group LLC
Chief Executive Catalyst, MetroMorphosis
Executive Director & Founder, Table Wisdom
Smart Living 360
Founder and CEO, Foreverfamily, Inc.
Director, Future of Work(ers), Ford Foundation
Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, Stanford University
Psychologist, Educator and Consultant
Community Strategist, Systems Designer and Neighbor
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Director, Aging Brain Center, Hebrew SeniorLife
Principal, Stadler & Architecture and Executive Director & Co-Founder, At Home With Growing Older
Founder, Uplifting Journeys
Director, Institute for Empowered Aging, United Neighborhood Houses of New York
Principal, Bridging Worlds Philanthropic Advisors
Student and author, Princeton University
Fellow, National Humanities Center
“There’s a difference between having something to say and saying something that moves communities to action. This program didn’t just teach me the difference, it surrounded me with a village of thinkers, doers and believers who were committed to carrying my voice to the masses.”
Sian-Pierre Regis, Filmmaker
billion in potential reach*
*Based on circulation numbers for publications featuring articles that Fellows authored, were interviewed for, or mentioned in.
Why this fellowship?
Many parts of the world are rapidly aging. In the U.S., we’ve added more than 30 years to life expectancy in the past century, but not across the board. Whites live longer than people of color. Women live longer than men. And the richest Americans live 10-15 years longer than the poorest.
Today, for the first time ever, there are more people over the age of 60 than under the age of 18. The ripple effects of these shifts will affect every aspect of society. We need better and faster ideas from a more diverse set of people of all ages, including those who are most impacted by the uneven implications of these realities, and thus most likely to see new solutions and envision a more just future.
The Encore Public Voices Fellowship was part of The OpEd Project’s national Public Voices Fellowship initiative to change who writes history. It was created in partnership with Encore.org Senior Advisor Ann MacDougall. Members of the fellowship’s Advisory Council included Ellen Goodman (Chair), Sylvia Brown, Mary C. Curtis, Ken Dychtwald, Raymond Jetson, Katie Orenstein, Trabian Shorters and Lester Strong.
“My new active voice has been spurred by the encouragement, skill-sharing and support of the fellowship, which locates and nourishes its leaders’ bravery, hones their voices and curates platforms for their stories. I’m so grateful for the support.”
Alex Smith, Founder and CEO, The Cares Family
Fellows in the Media
The Fellowship Experience
Watch this short video to hear how the first 20 Encore Public Voices Fellows describe their experiences.
Resources for Thought Leaders
“What does it mean to have a society with more older people than younger ones?” by 2018-19 Fellow Cal Halvorsen.
Research & Resources: This document includes useful research, data and reports related to aging, longevity and intergenerational issues.
Up your game in thought leadership: Whether you’re just establishing your voice or looking for new ways to reach more people, these resources will get you started.
From The OpEd Project:
- “Write to Change the World”: These workshops are based on time-tested models of transformational learning, and are designed to unlock knowledge in powerful and unexpected ways (scholarships are available here).
- “Ask a Journalist”: This webinar takes place every Thursday at 5 pm ET. Think of it as office hours with a journalist who is rooting for you. They rotate topics, but all webinars have live discussion and Q&A.
- The OpEd Project posts free resources on their website, including submission and contact info for hundreds of outlets, scripts and sample language for pitching, and an FAQ.