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Jane Pauley and Marci Alboher in Encore Careers Webcast

One of the greatest pleasures of my job is getting to work occasionally with journalism icon Jane Pauley. She has dedicated her encore years to telling stories of people using their talent and experience to serve the greater good.

Who Won the Encore Career Handbook Story Contest?

There's so much talk about how people over 50 are having the toughest time rebounding from the recession that we at wanted to uncover the stories of those who have overcome obstacles and those who are using their encore careers to help others hard hit.

Recently I asked for your stories, and you shared your many passions, journeys and triumphs. We were honored to read them. We picked five favorites to share.

Elaine Chavez , New Jerusalem Elementary School District
New Jerusalem Elementary School District

Editor's note: This is Elaine Chavez's story in her own words.

I'd like to share how I have weathered the storm of a change in my career, and the downturn of the economy.

I had surgery on my foot 2011 – a full reconstruction of my arch and replacement of tendons. At the time, I was a pre-K teacher at a private school. But after my surgery I was laid off, basically because I could not stand on my foot too long and perform my regular duties. I continued my education, completing my bachelor’s degree in education in December 2012.

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.

A New Vision for Midlife and Beyond

You’ve most likely encountered Prudential's Day One stories campaign, telling us we need to prepare for a seemingly endless retirement. On billboards and bus posters, in radio and television ads, Prudential says we’ll be retired for 6,000 days – or many more – after working for 12,000. The financial services company’s campaign amounts to scenario planning through the rear view mirror – bolting the new longevity (longer, healthier lives) to the old retirement lifestyle. This retrograde vision is neither sustainable, nor attainable – and it isn't desirable.

An Encore in Teach For America? Absolutely!

I've long felt that the encore movement needed its own Teach For America, a social innovation so powerful that it not only helped a significant number of individuals transition into work with real social impact – but changed the culture in the process.

5 Ways to Start an Encore Career

Retirement isn’t likely to make it onto any lists of hot trends for 2013. But if retirement is out, what’s in? For a growing number of people, it’s continued work. But not the same old work. Work that feels right. Work that matters. And work that may prove to be more significant than what came before. An encore career.

Want to get a move on your own encore? Here are 5 models for how it’s done, which you can also learn about by watching this recent segment on HuffPost Live.

2012 winners helping homeowners facing foreclosure, foster care children, low-income families, formerly incarcerated women, villagers in India

SAN FRANCISCO – announced today the five winners of the 2012 Purpose Prize, an investment in people 60 and older who are creating fresh solutions to old problems.

This year’s winners, who each receive $100,000, include:

  • A pro bono lawyer who exposed massive foreclosure fraud and is now teaching other lawyers how to protect homeowners from unfair lending practices.

Meet the 2012 Purpose Prize Winners

If you’re looking for inspiration, here are five stories that reveal the power of social innovation – and the capacity of individuals in their encore careers.

Charles Fletcher , SpiritHorse International
Founder and CEO
SpiritHorse International
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012

Charles Fletcher rode his first horse at age 5, which sparked a lifelong love of the animal. But it wasn’t until he was in his 40s and visited a horse ranch offering specialized therapy to disabled people that he realized horses could help heal.

He vowed to return to such a place when he retired. And he did. When he stepped down as the head of his own telecommunications company at age 63, he began volunteering at a Dallas-area equine therapy center.

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