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Warm greetings to the encore community – I’m Ann MacDougall, President of Encore.org.

Since coming on board in January, I’ve been impressed and delighted at our healthy press coverage. Encore.org and the encore movement punch well above our weight in the media scrum, which makes it a pleasure to share a news round-up with you on a regular basis. Please be in touch with suggestions and feedback!

New Roles, Few Rules: Planning for Purpose beyond Position, the third of four reports from the Life After Leadership Project, focuses on how non-profits can retain the experience of seasoned leaders, create opportunities for new leaders, and derive strength from a multigenerational workforce.

A version of this post appeared on the AGEnda blog of the Sloan Center on Work and Aging at Boston College on August, 6, 2014

This month, we’re showcasing two studies that ask what makes encore transitions work – and what is motivating and preventing people from moving into their encores.

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.

Whenever I speak about the growing interest in encore careers, people ask how they can get started on finding their encores. They want practical steps that can help them move into a new kind of work that blends making a living with making a difference.

Besides our website, Encore.org, there’s another great place to begin: The Encore Career Handbook.

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."

This speech was delivered by Marci Alboher at the 2013 graduation ceremony for Encore! Hartford, a work-force development program that helps seasoned corporate professionals transition to managerial careers in the nonprofit sector.

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.


In his book – The Big Shift – Encore.org founder and CEO Marc Freedman
argues that though we’re getting older, most of us are not getting old … at least not yet.
About the Big ShiftAbout Marc Freedman