Velma Simpson turned over a new leaf. "I’d been a real estate insurance agent for Allstate for almost 20 years. I was doing well, making six figures. The thing is, I wasn’t a typical insurance agent..."
Beverly Ryder has come full circle: from corporate executive to school leader. "I’m one of those people who really believes that to make change, you have to do it from both sides – the outside and the inside..."
Gary Maxworthy solved a vexing problem: how to distribute fresh food to low-income families. Farm to Family this year will deliver 34 million pounds of free produce.
ENCORE LEADERSHIP INTERVIEW with Sherry Lansing: "We’re at the tipping point of a huge movement"
11/21/2007 - 12:17:23pm
Sherry Lansing. Photo by S. Smith Patrick/Civic Ventures.
Sherry Lansing brought her warmth and passion – and her friend Sidney Poitier – to the recent Purpose Prize Innovation Summit at Stanford University. The annual award ceremony is one of her favorite days of the year, she says, leaving her "glowing and more inspired than ever."
Lansing is pretty inspiring herself, and her encore career is evidence that there are, indeed, second acts in American life.
Lansing agreed to talk with Encore.org about her work, past, present and future, as part of our series of Encore Leadership Interviews. Click here to see the Q & A.
ENCORE ACCOUNTS: IBM Creates "Learning Accounts"
07/26/2007 - 09:30:33am
IBM chief executive Sam Palmisano announcing IBM's "Global Citizen's Portfolio"
IBM is creating a form of encore career savings accounts to help its employees pay for the education and training they need for the next stage of their working lives, either with the company or not.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS: Boomers and the Future of Volunteering
07/19/2007 - 09:41:56am
Baby boomers nearing traditional retirement age are looking for exciting opportunities to give back to their communities by making use of their work and life skills, according to a new survey released by VolunteerMatch, an online service that helps people find such opportunities.
The survey focused on volunteering, but the findings apply equally to the kind of paid work boomers are starting to seek for their encore careers.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: "A Boomer Revival"
07/02/2007 - 02:56:38pm
"Encore pioneers serve as vibrant examples to younger generations of the possibilities inherent in the later years," The Christian Science Monitor declared in its June 28 editorial, "A Boomer Revival."
Expand Health Coverage
05/25/2007 - 02:09:26pm
From Encore: Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life
Fear of losing coverage keeps many workers tethered to jobs they are otherwise ready to leave, inhibiting their ability to launch encore careers. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, those over 50 but not yet eligible for Medicare at 65 face the hardest time getting affordable individual health insurance because of age-related premiums and restrictions on preexisting conditions.