Kerry Hannon is a leading authority and strategist on career transitions, entrepreneurship, personal finance and retirement. She is a frequent TV and radio commentator and is a sought-after keynote speaker at conferences.
Millions of viewers, readers and listeners have been motivated by Kerry’s can-do, down-to-earth message.
Kerry has dedicated her work to making a difference in people’s lives, to give them confidence and the tools to succeed personally, professionally and financially. She offers her audiences and readers can-do expert advice on the best ways to empower themselves now and for the future.
Kerry is the best-selling and award-winning author of a 14 books. Her latest book, Great Pajama Jobs: Your Compete Guide to Working from Home is now available. Never Too Old to Get Rich: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life, published by John Wiley & Sons, in 2019, and is a #1 bestseller on Amazon and was selected by The Washington Post for its Book-of-the-Month Club in September.
Other best-selling and award-winning books penned by Kerry include: Money Confidence: Really Smart Financial Moves for Newly Single Women, Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy . . . And Pays the Bills, Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness, Getting the Job You Want after 50, and What’s Next?: Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond.
She has spent more than three decades covering all aspects of careers, business and personal finance as a columnist, editor, and writer for the nation’s leading media companies.
Kerry is currently an expert columnist and regular contributor to The New York Times, MarketWatch, Forbes, and is personal finance and entrepreneurship expert on the PBS website NextAvenue.org. Her areas of expertise include small business, personal finance, retirement, wealth management and career transition.
In addition to delivering practical advice for mid-life workers seeking to land rewarding jobs, find financial and personal rewards and ride the age wave of longevity with grace, a key passion for Kerry is helping and advising women on how to take charge of their own financial planning, at all stages of their lives, to prepare themselves for a financially secure future.
Her earlier books include Suddenly Single: Money Skills for Divorcees and Widows and The 10-Minute Guide to Retirement for Women.
Kerry is a former National Press Foundation Fellow, a former Fellow of the Columbia Journalism School and the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center’s Age Boom Academy. She is also a former Metlife Foundation and New America Media Fellow on Aging.
She has testified before Congress about the importance of older workers.
Kerry graduated from Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she serves on the Board of Visitors. She received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, where she is currently a member of an editorial board. Kerry lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, documentary producer and editor Cliff Hackel, and her Labrador Retriever, Zena.
In 2018, Kerry’s national bestselling book Great Jobs For Everyone 50+ won two bronze medals in these prestigious Book of the Year Awards. It was the bronze medal winner in the career category for 2018 INDIES Book of the Year Awards. Over 2,000 entries were submitted in 68 categories, with Foreword’s editors choosing the finalists, and a panel of over 150 librarians and booksellers acting as judges to pick the winners.
Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ won the 2018 Bronze in the General Audience Book Category at the 38th Annual EXCEL Awards. 300 finalists were selected from 841 entries. Winners were chosen for taking bold chances
Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps you Happy and Health…and Pays the Bills (WIley, 2018) was the #1 New Release on Amazon and #1 Job Hunting Guide.
In 2006, she developed U.S. News & World Report’s pioneering “Second Acts” feature — a regular column that looked at people who successfully navigated a complete career change in midlife, their challenges, and their motivations.
Praise for Kerry’s Work
“Kerry Hannon unlocks the secrets to finding true career happiness. Finding passion, value, and genuine satisfaction in the job you do is rare yet eminently desirable-and obtainable, as Hannon shows. She is one of the top personal finance journalists in the field.” -Diane Harris, former Editor-in-chief, MONEY Magazine/Money.com
” A noted authority on work and careers, Kerry knows exactly what the rest of us need to do to become more fulfilled at our jobs. Take her advice and I’m confident you’ll get more out of work and more out of life.”–Richard Eisenberg, Managing Editor, PBS NextAvenue.org
“One of the best experts on careers after age 50—Kerry Hannon.”
—Mark Miller, retirement columnist for Reuters, Morningstar, and WealthManagement.com
“Work should offer more than a paycheck. Work is also a big part of the daily search for meaning, the desire for a sense of fulfillment, the pursuit of community and connections. Kerry Hannon’s work reflects the wisdom she’s gathered over the years interviewing, thinking, and writing aboutjobs and careers—insights she brilliantly translates into practical strategies for us to consider.”
—Chris Farrell, author of Purpose and a Paycheck
“Kerry Hannon’s work is original, smart, and important. She questions the follow-your-dream mantra so prevalent today and instead provides insightful, practical advice that will work for anyone, whatever the field, whatever the life stage, whatever the circumstances.”
—Marci Alboher, VP of Encore.org and author of The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life
“The greatest feeling in life is knowing who you are, doing what you love, and living the life you enjoy. Kerry Hannon leads you to that place.
—Richard Leider, international bestselling author of The Power of Purpose, Repacking Your Bags, and Life Reimagined
“As people live longer, there’s ever more desire to get the most out of the hours we spend at work. Kerry can help you cure the career blahs, tackle serious burnout, and get your spark back.”
—Daniel H. Pink, author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Drive and A Whole New Mind
”Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy . . . and Pays the Bills by columnist Kerry Hannon is a must read for anyone mulling what kind of work will work for you in the next phase of your life.”
–The Wall Street Journal.
“A practical, empowering and all-encompassing career resource.”
“More and more people have realized the importance of following their passions. But if you can’t make money at it, it’s your hobby. Follow Hannon’s road-map to make sure you’re on the way to a passionate—and prosperous—career.”
Jean Chatzky, Best-selling Author, The Today Show
“Kerry Hannon provides practical advice on landing the job of your dreams.”
Jane Pauley, CBS Sunday Morning