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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.

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.

We are excited to join forces with Symetra and announce today that they will sponsor the $100,000 Purpose Prize for Future Promise in 2013.

The Purpose Prize honors individuals who demonstrate extraordinary achievement and commitment to bettering society. Now in its eighth year, the Purpose Prize is the country's only large-scale investment in people over 60 who are combining their passion and experience for social good in encore careers. Since its inception in 2006, the program has awarded 78 people with cash prizes of up to $100,000.

There's so much talk about how people over 50 are having the toughest time rebounding from the recession that we at Encore.org 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.

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: Purpose Prize winner Nancy Sanford Hughes, a longtime member of the volunteer organization Rotary International, was honored last week at the White House alongside 11 fellow Rotarians as a Champion of Change.

LEARN ABOUT THE BIG SHIFT

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.
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