Below you’ll find events that Encore.org is hosting, as well as events we’ve discovered through friends or partners in our community. For more information about each event and to register, click on the blue title. If you’d like to list a virtual event here, please send the listing — title, date and time, registration link and/or link to join, and a 1-2 sentence description — to [email protected]

Encore 101
April 21, 2021 at 9:30am PT / 12:30pm ET
Featuring: Encore.org Communications Associate, Digital Engagement Duncan Magidson and Encore.org Consulting Community Manager Karimah Nonyameko
Welcome to the encore movement! In just an hour, you’ll be empowered with inspiration, ideas and resources. The “longevity dividend”, intergenerational connections, Encore’s mission and work, how to live Gen2Gen and find your encore – we’ll cover those topics and more, with lots of time to hear from you.

New Models of Intergenerational Mentoring: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic
April 21, 2021 at 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET
Hosted by: The Encore Network
Featuring: Gen2Gen Innovation Fellow Dana Griffin
The Encore Network is pleased to announce its program for April: “New Models of Intergenerational Mentoring: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic.” The topic will be presented by a panel of experts and volunteers working in organizations whose mission is to connect young people with older adults for the purpose of mentoring and free-flowing information – in both directions. The moderator and several panelists are Encore Network members: Sara Zeff Geber, PhD, Panel Moderator, Speaker and Author, Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers; Dana Griffin, Co-founder & CEO, Eldera; Mary Click, National Tutoring Director, Oasis Lifelong Adventure; Tonya Wiley-Robinson, Strategic Partnerships & Community Engagement, AARP Foundation Experience Corps; and Wes Enicks, Executive Director, Generations Incorporated.

An intergenerational dialogue on racial justice: The intersection of environment, climate change and race
April 21, 2021 at 3:00pm PT / 6:00pm ET
Hosted by: Encore.org and My Life, My Stories
Featuring: Encore Public Voices Alum Brenda Atchison
The climate crisis affects everyone but that doesn’t mean that it impacts everyone equally. BIPOC communities are disproportionately impacted by unchecked poison and pollution — from power plants, factories, incinerators, and more. From the poisoned tap water in Flint, Michigan to the inadequate response to Hurricane Maria, to the disproportionate impact of Covid on BIPOC communities — the twin threats of climate change and environmental racism make each other all the worse. With powerful governments and corporations fighting to maintain the status quo, environmental activism has become, for many, an issue that pits generations against each other. Join Encore.org and My Life, My Stories for 75 minutes to discuss how we can tell a new story about climate, the environment, and race—one in which older and younger fight for solutions together. Our activist storytellers will share how they raise awareness and fight for climate justice . We’ll then break out into small groups for a chance to discuss the link between systemic racism and climate change and the action steps you can take as an advocate and in your own life.

Events hosted by other organizations

April 6-May 11, 2021 from 6-8am PT / 9-11am ET
Hosted by: MaMA, Marbletown Multi-Arts
Featuring: Encore.org Advisor Lester Strong
This six-week, online course builds on an earlier course to more deeply examine the roots of racism and its manifestations in contemporary society as well as offer resources and solutions. Readings and short videos will provide issues for analysis and group discussion. The fee to participate is $150.

April 8-May 13, 2021 from 4-6pm PT / 7-9pm ET
Hosted by: MaMA, Marbletown Multi-Arts
Featuring: Encore.org Advisor Lester Strong
Many of us, having grown up in a society that focuses on productivity and the material world, are at a loss when entering a stage of life where the skills and knowledge we acquired don’t seem to apply anymore. Who are we when we are no longer a job title, a parent, a provider? How do we navigate this new, virtually unknown terrain of no longer working nine to five, no longer being defined by what we do? This course is designed to offer a compass and companionship for the journey. It is challenging, but there are some tools and roadmaps available to us. We will gather in community to explore this together and learn not only from the insights of those who have gone before, but from each other as well. The cost to participate is $150.

April 23, 2021 at 4:30pm PT / 7:30pm ET
Hosted by: East Side Freedom Library
How do we move from hurt to healing? The murder of George Floyd and the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic brought together young people and elders in a three-month Zoom conversation focused on healing from trauma. Elders shared stories of how they persevered in their racial justice struggles when they were young, and young people asked questions, listened, and led mind-body medicine breathing tools they were practicing to heal from their stress and burn-out in the aftermath of intensive activism responding to the traumatic events of 2020. In From Hurt to Healing: An Intergenerational Activity Book, there are coloring pages of community elders including blocks of texts and inspirational quotations where they share their wisdom and experiences for moving from hurt to healing as well as beautifully hand drawn coloring pages of breathing tools with directions and other healing practices. Join some of the creators of From Hurt to Healing and members of the ESFL community in an exploration of how this coloring activity book can promote cross-generational connection and healing from trauma.

April 25, 2021 at 12:00pm PT / 3:00pm ET
Hosted by: Lori’s Hands
Join the inaugural Lori’s Hands Does Chocolate student and client celebration, to celebrate the friendships formed over the past semester and beyond. Estelle Tracy, chocolate sommelier and founder of 37 Chocolates, will lead guests on an adventure as she introduces 3 unique chocolates, specially selected for this event. Estelle will teach guests everything from how chocolate is made to how to note subtle differences between different types of chocolate. Participants will break into small groups to discuss the chocolates they’re tasting and to chat with new and longstanding friends. The event will close with live music for our listening (and dancing, if you please!) delight. When you purchase a ticket, you’ll receive 3 chocolate bars, to be saved for the event. Each chocolate bar delivery has enough for up to 4 participants to taste and enjoy.

April 26, 2021 at 9:30am PT / 12:30pm ET
Hosted by: Opening Minds Through Art
Featuring: Gen2Gen Innovation Fellow Elizabeth “Like” Lokon
During the most isolating time in history, nursing homes and assisted living residents have been experiencing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic more than any other population. In Richmond, Virginia, rather than shut down the OMA program entirely, Art for the Journey (AFJ) continued to partner with Saint Mary’s Woods Retirement Community (SMW) and co-created a “Virtual OMA” program. Together, AFJ and SMW implemented two virtual versions of OMA, each of which required planning, testing, and creativity. The OMA program runs weekly and pairs elders with university students, bringing joy, engagement, and connection to both. AFJ would like to share how to create virtual OMA, provide step by step instructions for planning, IT and technology needs, and what they learned about what works and what doesn’t. A $35 donation to Art for the Journey is requested to attend. Email [email protected] for more information.

April 29, 2021 at 9:30am MT / 11:30am ET
Hosted by: Changing the Narrative Colorado
In a time when the pandemic and other factors have exposed ageism, we can use our collective voices to share compelling messages and increase the impact of our work. In this workshop, you’ll learn: How to use the principles of reframing aging in your social media, focusing on content for Facebook, Twitter and LInkedIn; the stories we want to advance, and those we want to avoid; simple ways to create engaging memes, visuals and graphics that engage your clients, members, volunteers, donors and larger audiences; free places to find visuals; how to grow your audience; and how we can amplify each others’ voices.

May 1, 2021 at 3:00pm PT / 6:00pm ET
Hosted by: Modern Elder Academy and Wisdom 2.0
Featuring: Encore.org Board Member Chip Conley
This free online summit is dedicated to exploring meaning and purpose in midlife and beyond. Join Modern Elder Academy founder Chip Conley and Wisdom 2.0 founder Soren Gordhamer in conversation with leading voices of change in media, fashion, music, and the environment. Anderson Cooper, Eileen Fisher, Michael Franti, and Paul and Jasmine Hawken will share their personal stories and best practices for navigating the transitions of midlife and beyond. You’ll also get to engage in a breakout session with a smaller group to exchange wisdom for aging today.

May 6, 2021 at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET
Hosted by: Second Act Stories and Encore Boston Network
If you’ve ever dreamed of writing the Great American Novel (or perhaps just a short story), this session is for you. You’ll meet Marty Herman, author of the Will James Mystery series, to learn how he began a new career as a published writer. For most of his professional career, Marty Herman was a business turnaround specialist, but he always had a love of writing. And at the age of 75, with help and encouragement from his youngest daughter Aimee, he published his first mystery novel called “The Jefferson Files.” Since then he’s published five other mystery novels in this series, written a book of short stories, a biography of a local jazz musician, and a 500+ page historical novel.

May 6, 2021 at 2:30pm PT / 5:30pm ET
Hosted by: CIRKEL
Featuring: Encore Public Voices Fellow Sian-Pierre Regis and Gen2Gen Innovation Fellow Charlotte Japp
After a 75-year-old immigrant mother gets fired from her job, her son takes her on an adventure to help her reclaim her life. As she struggles to find work, he documents a journey that uncovers the betrayals plaguing her past and the economic insecurity shaping not only her future, but that of an entire generation. The feature-length documentary has been called “touching” and “poignant” by both CBS News and The Hollywood Reporter. Learn more about Duty Free and sign up for their newsletter here. Join a live screening of the film (70 minutes) followed by a Q&A with Director and Son, Sian-Pierre Regis and his Mother and Subject Rebecca Danigelis. Charlotte Japp will moderate the discussion around the themes highlighted within the film, where their journey has led them, and discuss solutions for older workers to maintain their employment and dignity in a rapidly aging world. This event was made possible with support from Encore.org.

May 9, 2021 at 12:00pm PT / 3:00pm ET
Hosted by: Jazz Power Initiative
The May Intergenerational Jazz Power Jam is a fun, friendly-family celebration featuring performances by Jon Irabagon, (saxophone), Lonnie Plaxico (bass) and Eli Yamin (piano).

May 20, 2021 at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET
Hosted by: Encore Boston Network
Featuring: Encore.org VP, Narrative Change Marci Alboher
The pandemic has forever altered the job market, adding to changes already underway. What are these changes and what do they mean for people over 50? Join an invigorating conversation with Kerry Hannon and Marci Alboher, two of the nation’s leading authorities on older worker challenges and opportunities. The stage will be set by Sandra Harris, president of AARP Massachusetts. Get ready for a high-energy discussion about the current job market, new ways to work, financial security, and finding work you love. And we’ll leave plenty of time for your questions and comments. A fundraising event for Encore Boston Network. Sponsored by AARP Massachusetts.

May 24, 2021 at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET
Hosted by: Second Act Stories and Encore Boston Network
Ever thought you might want to strike out on your own and be your own boss? That’s what Laura Raposa and Steve Syre, a married couple who transitioned from long careers in journalism to running The Foodsmith, a bakery and lunch spot in Duxbury, Massachusetts, did. And they’re open to sharing the lessons they learned on their journey.

May 27, 2021 at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET
Hosted by: Second Act Stories and Encore Boston Network
In 1838, 272 men, women and children were sold by an order of Jesuit priests and the proceeds of the sale were used to pay the debts of Georgetown College, now Georgetown University. The slaves had lived on plantations belonging to the Jesuits in Maryland. They were put on a boat and moved to their new owners in Louisiana. Melisande Short-Columb, now a student at Georgetown University, is also as a descendent of the very slaves who had toiled for Georgetown and were later sold to pay off Georgetown’s debt. She will talk about her decision to return to school and her experience as an older student. Melisande is also a former chef from New Orleans, who left her work three-and-a-half years ago to enter Georgetown University as a freshman. She was 63 years old. This Spring, she will receive her bachelors degree from Georgetown University.

June 10, 2021 at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET
Hosted by: Second Act Stories and Encore Boston Network
The fountain of youth is working with youth, says Arnie Rosen, a retired doctor and amateur musician. To prove the point, he formed The Band Grandpas, a team of retired professionals who mentor middle school students in music. Once a week, Arnie and a cadre of other retired professionals join seventh and eighth graders in the middle school band rooms of Rockford’s public school system. Hear him talk about how he went about this transition and why both he and the students get so much out of the experience.

Hosted by: The OpEd Project
Every Thursday during the coronavirus crisis, at 5pm EST, The OpEd Project hosts weekly webinars in order to share fast information + live Q&A with their community. Led by their journalists and published fellows, they will address topics including how to Write, Edit, Pitch & Amplify your op-eds. Let’s ensure that those most impacted by #COVID19 are included in the story AND the solution. Open to all, regardless of means.

Hosted by: At Home With Growing Older
At Home With Growing Older, AHWGO, is a nonprofit based in Berkeley, California, that brings together professionals, academics and interested individuals to re-envision and improve the experiences of later life. Their educational public forums, on a wide range of topics related to aging, are held in various locations in the Bay Area. They are pleased to be able to continue offering connection, community and knowledge remotely.

Hosted by: Be Social Change
Be Social Change is a membership community dedicated to helping people build lives and careers of social impact. Check out their upcoming events to learn from social impact experts and connect with purpose-driven people.

Hosted by: Experience Talks
Featuring: Encore Public Voices Fellow Tim Carpenter
Join Encore Public Voices Fellow Tim Carpenter, CEO/Founder of EngAGE, as he shares the experience of dynamic baby boomers and beyond in a way that communicates across generations.

Hosted by: Kumu
Kumu hosts in-person and virtual sense-induced gatherings to deepen our connection to our spirit, celebrate our inner vitality, and remind us of our true selves. Conversation saloons, lively dancing, and meaningful dinners with thought leaders are just some of the many ways they cultivate joy — together.

Hosted by: Living Room Conversations
Living Room Conversations are a simple way to connect across divides – politics, age, gender, race, nationality, and more. Getting at the heart of what we share in common with one another, these conversations have powerful, positive impacts across society – including a sense of respect, understanding, and even friendship in unexpected places! Sign up for an upcoming conversation today.

Recorded events

Older & Younger in Action: Collaboration for Racial Justice
Hosted by: Skoll World Forum
As protesters filled the streets in 2020 fighting for racial justice, many observers referred to the multigenerational and multiracial dimensions of the crowds. Why is it essential for older and younger people to fight side-by-side? What can the generations learn from each other? What role does individual and collective memory play in shaping a more just future? And how can we overcome generational tensions within communities as well as generational tensions across racial ethnic identities?
Featuring: Encore.org Senior Fellow Isabel González Whitaker, Gen2Gen Innovation Fellow Brittany Paschall and Encore Public Voices Alum Ray Jetson
April 13, 2021

Intergenerational Collaboration: A Key to Third Third Flourishing and Transformed Communities
Hosted by: Fuller Seminary’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership
As people in the third third of life invest in young people, transformation happens for those who receive and those who invest. Moreover, communities are being renewed as folks from different generations share in life, learning, and work together. This webinar features three people who are doing innovative work bringing generations together. As you learn about their intergenerational efforts, you’ll be inspired to think in new ways about the difference you can make in the lives of others . . . and in your own life as well.
Featuring: Encore.org Vice President, Innovation Eunice Lin Nichols, Gen2Gen Innovation Fellow Sherreta Harrison and Encore Public Voices Alum Ray Jetson
March 15, 2021

Gen2Gen Jazz: Creative Collaboration Across the Generations
Hosted by: Encore.org
This concert and conversation features jazz pianist Justin Kauflin and Encore.org CEO Marc Freedman, in memory of jazz legend and mentor extraordinaire Clark Terry, who would have been 100 this year.
Featuring: Encore.org President, Founder and CEO Marc Freedman and Encore.org Vice President, Innovation Eunice Lin Nichols
February 19, 2021

Connecting Across Generations: Engaging Young People in the Encore Movement
Hosted by: The Encore Network in collaboration with Encore.org
Hear from a multigenerational, multicultural panel of leaders and social innovators who share how intergenerational collaboration can deepen your impact in the community, as well as tips for integrating younger generations into your encore work. Participants had a chance to connect in breakout groups to share their own experiences and brainstorm specific actions they can take to connect across generations in their personal and professional lives.
Featuring: Encore.org Vice President, Innovation Eunice Lin Nichols and Encore Public Voices Fellow Dr. Kitty Oliver
February 17, 2021

An Intergenerational Dialogue on Racial Justice: How Can We Sustain Everyday Activism?
Hosted by: My Life, My Stories and Encore.org
Even the smallest acts can make a difference in the fight against systemic racism — acts like showing up for a peaceful protest, joining an anti-racism book club, supporting BIPOC-owned businesses, connecting with neighbors to support a common need, and voting. What do you do in your day-to-day life to contribute to a safer and more just existence for all? How do you fight burnout and celebrate accomplishments? How do we all keep the dream alive?
Featuring: 2018 Encore Public Voices Fellow Brenda Atchison, 2020 Gen2Gen Innovation Fellow Sherreta Harrison
January 26, 2021

An Intergenerational Dialogue on Racial Justice: What Can We Do to Make 2021 Better?
Hosted by: My Life, My Stories and Encore.org
This free, virtual event kicked off the first in a series of intergenerational dialogues on racial injustice hosted by My Life, My Stories and Encore.org. The event was co-hosted by Brittany Bare, millennial and founder of My Life, My Stories, and Brenda Atchison, baby boomer and Encore Public Voices Fellow. Hear from two storytellers, including Sam Bibbens and 2020 Encore Public Voices Fellow Frankie Huang, about how their personal experiences this year have shaped their intentions to fight racial injustice next year.
Featuring: Encore.org Vice President, Narrative Change Marci Alboher, 2018 Encore Public Voices Fellow Brenda Atchison, 2020 Encore Public Voices Fellow Frankie Huang
December 8, 2020

Civic Saturday
Hosted by: Encore.org, with outreach partners Global Citizen Year, Living Room Conversations, Make America Dinner Again (MADA), and The OpEd Project
You’ve likely heard of five universal love languages — acts of service, quality time, gifts, words of affirmation, and physical touch. Now imagine how much stronger our communities could be if we added a sixth one — civic love. Watch this virtual Civic Saturday gathering to learn more. You’ll hear poetry, music, civic scripture and a civic sermon titled “We Need a New, Civic Love Language”. End 2020 with hope, inspiration and community.
Featuring: Encore.org Communications Strategist, Programs Aanchal Dhar and Encore.org Communications Associate, Digital Engagement Duncan Magidson
December 5, 2020

THE ANTIDOTE: A Post-Screening Discussion
Hosted by: Encore.org
Catch this conversation with the filmmakers behind THE ANTIDOTE — six-time Emmy Award-winning director John Hoffman and Academy Award-nominee Kahane Cooperman. They’re joined by producer Ruth Wooden and two leaders whose intergenerational work was featured in the film — DeAmon Harge from The Learning Tree and 2019 Encore Public Voices Fellow Derenda Schubert from Bridge Meadows. The conversation is moderated by our Vice President, Innovation Eunice Lin Nichols.
Featuring: Encore.org Vice President, Innovation Eunice Lin Nichols and 2019 Encore Public Voices Fellow Derenda Schubert
November 20, 2020

Up Your Game in Thought Leadership
Hosted by: Encore.org
Looking to up your game in thought leadership? We know how hard it can be to rise above the current noise! That’s why Encore.org offered a free, one-hour webinar for current and aspiring thought leaders working at the intersection of aging, longevity, intergenerational connection and social justice. Whether you’re just establishing your voice or looking for new ways to reach more people, there are lots of ways to broaden your impact and influence the national conversation. This webinar will get you started.
Featuring: Encore.org Vice President, Narrative Change Marci Alboher, Encore.org Storytelling & Media Specialist Sarah McKinney Gibson, Encore.org Communications Associate, Digital Engagement Duncan Magidson, Encore.org Vice President, Innovation Eunice Lin Nichols, Encore.org Communications Strategist, Programs Aanchal Dhar, 2018 Encore Public Voices Fellow Brenda Atchison, 2018 Encore Public Voices Fellow Mick Smyer, 2019 Encore Public Voices Fellow Colby Takeda and 2020 Encore Public Voices Fellow Kasley Killam
October 16, 2020

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