An Accidental Encore
06/15/2012 - 01:32:55pm
College Park Elementary in San Mateo, Calif., had a great computer lab but no one to run it. Gifford Calenda, whose son attends the school, had years of experience developing software at Apple, and – in retirement – he had free time.
Perfect conditions for an encore career.
The notion of encore careers (the term was made popular by Marc Freedman, head of Civic Ventures / Encore.org) has been percolating now for some time. But several factors today are prompting more people to pursue such jobs: undersize nest eggs, increased longevity, a desire to tackle society's ills and, in many cases, an urge to find a different kind of life.
Jeff Abraham spent his career in landscape design, event management and fundraising. Always feeling connected to the Tempe, Ariz., area, upon retirement Abraham wanted to be actively engaged in the community to a greater degree. Through the Experience Matters Encore Fellowship Program, Abraham joined Tempe Community Action Agency, a nonprofit that works with a variety of people of all ages in need. Watch this video of Abraham in action.
I Am in Peri-Retirement
06/12/2012 - 05:28:27am
By Barbara Raab
This morning, on a walk with a friend during which we were catching up on every little thing, I heard myself say: “I am in peri-retirement.”
It kind of popped out – I’d never said that before, much less known that I even had the phrase in my head. But once I said it, I realized: That’s exactly the right way to explain how I feel.
In her encore career, Judi Henderson-Townsend recycles more than 100,000 pounds of mannequins a year. Hers is an example of a for-profit green business that serves the greater good. She recalls her journey in this short video.
Oakland, Calif. – As a former senior executive at Pepsi Chicago, Novartis and Seagate, John Arnold knows his way around large, complex, fast-paced organizations.
Now, as an Encore Fellow, he puts his financial management skills and operational expertise to work on behalf of the Oakland-based La Clinica de la Raza, a key provider of health care to low-income and uninsured patients in three counties.
Sound Beginnings Toward an Encore
06/06/2012 - 08:45:16am
By J. Gaston Kent Jr.
Twenty-four years ago, I lost all hearing in my right ear from an infection. I now wear a bone-anchored hearing aid, or BAHA, that carries sound through bone in my skull to my functioning ear.
Nearing my retirement after 35 years in management at Northrop Grumman Corp., I joined the board of a highly respected center for deaf children in Los Angeles called John Tracy Clinic. I was happy to help in any way I might be of service.
The traditional retirement age of 65 is fading, just as the boomer generation begins hitting it. The idea of staying in one job for an entire career is also disappearing, and that can be good news for those looking to make a move. "In their 50s and 60s, people's priorities change," says Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures / Encore.org. "They realize that the road doesn't go on forever.
7 Reasons Volunteering Can Lead to a Job
06/05/2012 - 07:21:22am
Some people start volunteering because they’re passionate about a cause. Michael Burke, a Baltimore chef, began volunteering because he got rheumatoid arthritis. That decision paved the way to his current paid job.
You Can Help Us Award $25,000 Today
06/05/2012 - 06:26:57am
I’m amazed at the great ideas that people carry around in their back pockets, hoping one day to get a chance to bring them to life. For 15 people, all over 50, that day is nearly here.
The 15 finalists in this month's Marigold Ideas for Good Contest have long wanted to right a wrong, open up worlds for young people, or make things better for those who need a break. Today they need your vote.