Stitching together a new life Susan Wolcott is a child of the ’60s. As soon as she graduated from high school in 1969, she left her hometown of Olympia, Wash., and “did the hippie thing,” she says, taking the time to find out what was important to her—community, listening, spirituality, holistic health, creativity, the environment.
A California Highway Patrol assistant chief finds a second career managing singers and songwriters To be the toughest female cop alive, you run 3 miles uphill, climb 300 stairs, put the shot, climb ropes, bench-press, run a 100-meter sprint, swim 100 meters, and complete an obstacle course three football fields in length—eight events in […]
Other than the familiar long hours, farm life is a learning experience for a city guy Read Published Article Sam Fox is not a gentleman farmer. But by all rights, the 66-year-old, once high-powered patent attorney could be. Maybe even a city slicker to boot. Fox spent nearly his entire life in Washington, D.C., before […]
The Transition Network helps launch post-career plans Read Published Article Charlotte Frank remembers heading downtown that brilliant September morning seven years ago toward her 63rd-floor office in Lower Manhattan, where she was an executive with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She never made it. Her office was in the North Tower […]
He heard it through the grapevine: A TV producer follows his nose to a new career Read Published Article Becoming a winemaker—never mind a winemaker in Walla Walla, Wash.—had never crossed Steve Brooks’s mind. Then he stumbled upon a New York Times story about the fast-growing wine industry in the high-desert town near the Blue Mountains.
A veteran of corporate America finds her skills are right for a new task When Anne Nolan first walked down the darkened steps into a homeless shelter, she started to cry. “I was so overwhelmed by the emotion of the place, the humanity, the pain,” she recalls. “I was terrified and frightened. The dilapidated building […]
Read Published Article Is it finally time for a change? You’ve spent more than 20 years in one field—say, banking, law, or sales. You’ve dutifully built up equity in your home, saved a tidy sum for your kids’ college tuition, and stashed away a healthy retirement fund. It’s been a nice ride, but it’s starting […]
Read Published Article Who doesn’t fantasize about a second career? Especially if you’ve worked in the same field for 20 or 25 years, been there and done that, accomplished most of what you set out to do, and run out of fresh challenges. Maybe you feel you have talents that are going to waste. Or […]
A former Microsoft exec’s start-up finances cancer research Read Published Article Running (and finishing) a 5K race wasn’t always on Trish May’s to-do list. Neither was founding and running a company whose purpose is to provide funds for women’s cancer research. But on a crisp June day in 1994, May, now 53, completed her first […]
Read Published Article Howard Baskin admits that a few homeless cats have won his heart over the years, but saving abandoned and abused lions, lynxes, and leopards was by no means his dream, let alone his passion. When it came to giving to animal causes, he might write a modest check to the Humane Society […]
What I Told The Senate About Older Workers and Jobs
I testified before the Senate Special Committee on Aging and its Chairman, Senator Susan M. Collins (R-Maine), and Ranking Member, Claire McCaskill at its June 24th hearing, Work in Retirement: Career Reinventions and the New Retirement Workscape, I was honored, and admittedly, a little thrilled Watch the video
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