Human resources professionals are taking notice of the human talent represented by the encore population - and implications for both corporate and nonprofit employers. A three-part piece in Human Resources: People and Strategy magazine includes a conversation between Encore Fellowships Network national director Leslye Louie and Encore.org VP Marci Alboher, an essay by Marc Freedman and a profile of Encore Fellow Jere King Brooks.

Jere King served an Encore Fellowship with Abilities United, a Palo Alto non-profit focused on community inclusion that has been serving children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. Before her fellowship, Jere was a vice president of marketing at Cisco, retiring in November 2011.

This article in Career 2.0 describes Jere's transition and her current work, post-fellowship, at Stanford.

This article came out on June 6, 2014 (online edition) and spent most of the weekend on the NYT most-emailed list. The article features EFN National Director Leslye Louie and two Encore Fellows: Louisa Hellegers, now the program director of the New York Encore Fellows program, and Kathy Quiett, an Intel Encore Fellow who moved to Florida and is helping with sea turtle rescue at the local zoo.

$10,000 Award for Intergenerational Excellence

Be sure and read this article in Kiplinger's Retirement Report, (May 2013) which features Encore Fellow Jeff Landre's work with Mission Focused Solutions, a nonprofit in Grass Valley, Cal., that helps child welfare organizations improve their ability to place foster children in permanent homes.

By Sara Ying Rounsaville

In the past few days, people in encore careers have been making big news. Second acts for the greater good are gaining momentum and continuing to garner serious national media attention. There’s the patient advocate in The New York Times, the children’s chorus founder in a new Wall Street Journal series, the food bank worker in a Reuters column. Coming up are features on the PBS NewsHour and BBC World Service.

Editor's note: This post originally appeared here, on the blog of researcher Beth Kanter. The authors are part of the team that runs The Encore Fellowships Network. The network helps highly experienced workers from the public sector transition to nonprofit work.

By Leslye Louie and Lyle Hurst

The Encore Fellowships Network is featured as an action case study in the Winter 2013 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

The article, by researcher Beth Benjamin, begins

"In just two years, the Encore Fellowships Network—which enables professionals to transition from private sector careers into high-impact roles in the nonprofit sector—used a network-scaling model to grow from a single pilot program in Silicon Valley to a network of 200 organizations operating in 20 metropolitan areas nationwide."

The flagship Encore Fellows program in Silicon Valley is expanding in 2013, its fifth year in operation.

In order to meet the growing demand from both Fellow candidates and nonprofit Work Hosts, the program is open for applications on an ongoing basis.

In the first four years of operation, the Silicon Valley Encore Fellows have delivered nearly 50,000 hours of high impact work to local nonprofits.

By Richard Eisenberg

Many of us in our 50s and 60s have The Itch.

A determined woman with a gentle laugh that makes her green eyes shine, Renee Rhiner is about to set off on a journey of discovery.

For 24 years, most of her adult life, Renee oversaw costly and complex construction projects for Intel Corporation. On July 2, 2012, she retired. With a mixture of excitement and trepidation, she took an audacious step by leaving Intel’s exacting, but comforting, embrace and is preparing to work as an Encore Fellow with Friends of the Children, a Portland, Oregon non-profit that provides long-term mentoring to at-risk children.

The decades-long career is in decline. And for many, that’s a good thing.

“Tacking swiftly from job to job and field to field, learning new skills all the while, resembles the pattern that increasingly defines our careers,” writes Anya Kamenetz in Fast Company magazine.

How swiftly?

According to federal statistics, as of 2010, the median number of years U.S. workers had been in their jobs was 4.4 years.

Since yesterday’s announcement that Intel has become the first company to offer Encore Fellowships to all of its U.S. employees approaching retirement, major media have shown major interest.

Intel is the first company to make Encore Fellowships – paid, part-time, yearlong assignments working at local nonprofits – available to all of its eligible pre-retiree employees nationwide.

It’s a bold move that could signal a sea change in corporate retirement benefits and bring a new wave of talent into the nonprofit sector.

PORTLAND, Ore. – February 9, 2011 – Social Venture Partners Portland (SVPP) is introducing a nationally recognized encore fellowships program in the Portland/Vancouver metro area this month with support from the Hewlett-Packard Company to help people at the end of midlife careers in business transition to new jobs in the nonprofit sector.

The Silicon Valley Encore Fellows program has received top marks in an independent evaluation. The success of the 2009 pilot program, which tested a new way for experienced employees to transition from corporate to nonprofit careers, led to a new crop of fellows being matched with nonprofits during 2010 and plans for expanding the program to more cities.

The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, signed by President Obama in 2009, establishes federal encore fellowships for Americans age 55 and older. The new law marks the first time federal legislation has recognized encore careers and the need for pathways that get people from one stage to the next.

As the economy forces people to rethink their careers, a vanguard of the adventurous and the desperate is navigating an unrecognizable landscape that has little to do with resumes and contacts.