Category Archives for Boomers

Im-Ja Choi – Social Entrepreneur

Baby Boomers are often caught in a difficult bind. Many of us are still in the process of launching our kids out into the real world after high school or college, while also confronting the health care needs of our aging parents. Some of us not only rise to these challenges, but go a few […]

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Emilio Pardo: Re-Imagining Boomers at AARP

Emilio Pardo has been a visionary communicator and branding executive for most of his professional life. While many Boomers find themselves forced to pivot to a new career, Pardo found himself called to upgrade his life path, driven by a sense of purpose that he could not ignore. We discussed his journey over the phone […]

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Clare Novak – A Reinvention Sabbatical

Career reinvention may be a radical shift from one industry to another, or the fulfillment of a long-held dream to start a business.  A career reinvention can also manifest as a kind of “radical sabbatical” – a risky move that serves to both re-focus and amplify our career expression, making us more marketable, building renewed […]

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The Sculleys Part II: Career Reinvention As a Couple

In reporting on Pat and Mary Sculley and their Exercise Coach franchises, I became intrigued by how they are working together as a team – this is the first time in their over 40-year relationship that they’ve actually been in business together.  What lessons can other potential couples learn from their career reinvention, and what are the pluses […]

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Marla Wynne – TV Producer to Fashion Designer

Marla Wynne Ginsberg had never sewn a stitch when she bought her first sewing machine in 2009 and embarked on a risky career reinvention.  She had just lost a very lucrative senior executive position with a major Entertainment company in a career that she had built step by step for over 20 years.  Her work had taken […]

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Mary Tennyson: Invention Can Be the Necessity of the Mother…

Imagine what it would be like to live with diminished physical capacity, or to have to endure chronic pain or paralysis – making that small action incredibly challenging.  Not only are we facing this potential eventuality ourselves, we are certainly dealing with it in caring for our parents. Dealing with a similar situation prompted what […]

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Pat and Mary Sculley – How To Keep A Marriage Vital After 65

After more than 43 years together, Pat and Mary Sculley retired from retirement. “I just got bored,” says Pat (as reported in the Dallas Morning News).  After a career at Electronic Data Systems, where he rose to a group President in the company’s Japanese division, Pat and his wife Mary retired to Scottsdale, where he […]

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Janet Scully – Attorney

Let’s assume that we’re all going to hit a wall in our careers sooner or later. If we’re 50 or over, and it hasn’t already happened, be on the lookout. This installment is a personal story about a longstanding friend of mine, a New York lawyer named Janet Scully who worked for 22 years as […]

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Susan Burton – Community Activist

Personal and career reinvention can be achieved through service to others. This is Susan Burton’s experience, and hers is an inspiring story of determination and dedication. As an African-American woman from South Central Los Angeles, Burton was incarcerated six times over 20 years for drug-related offenses. Her young son had died accidentally, and the system […]

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