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Purpose Prize Winners Make Headlines

Here are some of the highlights of the media coverage of this year’s Purpose Prize winners:

The Wall Street Journal's, a “‘Genius’ Awards for Retirees” features Ed Nicholson and Vicki Thomas' programs for veterans.

Next Avenue focuses on Ysabel Duron, Vicki Thomas and other winners of the 2013 Purpose Prize winners.


Seven Awards for People Over Age 60 Solving the World’s Toughest Social Problems

A veteran of the U.S. Navy organizes a network of volunteers across the country to teach disabled veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan how to combat stress — through fly-fishing.

A public relations executive helps wounded warriors find and renovate foreclosed homes – and transforms lives and neighborhoods in the process.

Act 2: A better you or better yet, a better world

Last Friday I was asked to go on the Today show to talk about second acts. Which got me thinking. The standard notion is that it starts with an itch for something better --  a better job, a better spouse, a better face, a better whatever-it-is-you’re-missing. But after talking to hundreds of people who’ve made big changes at midlife, I’m now convinced that the most successful second (and third) acts are motivated by an urge to fix something that’s broken – in your community or beyond.

So it’s as much about a better world as it is about a better version of you.


Encore Hartford Commencement Keynote

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.


Symetra to Sponsor $100,000 Purpose Prize for Future Promise

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.


Purpose Prize Program Recognizes Individuals Pursuing Encore Careers for Social Impact

Media Contact at Symetra: 415.306.6194
Diana McSweeney, 425.256.6167, diana.mcsweeney@symetra.com

SAN FRANCISCO and BELLEVUE, Wash. — (June 3, 2013) — Encore.org, a nonprofit organization working to engage millions of boomers in encore careers that improve the lives of others, announced today that Symetra will sponsor the $100,000 Purpose Prize for Future Promise in 2013.

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 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.


White House Honors Purpose Prize Winner as a Champion for Change

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.


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