Encore Town Hall
Thanks to all who participated in and attended the first Town Hall Event and made it such a success!
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Recent Articles:

Encore Career Story


In the Encore Career Stories we are about to tell, we see that there is more of a “reintegration” of skills and talents in new careers. Gary turned a life-long hobby and interest into a profitable and meaningful career!   Kristen combined her passion for assisting non-profits by using the … [Read More...]

Encore Career

ENCORE CAREER STORY – Turning Challenges into Opportunities to Give Back

Pilar Ortiz started her career in television and communications at the very young age of 21 in Bogota, Colombia. She worked her way up from intern to lead reporter in just a few short years. In fact, she was one of the journalists to report for 4 days - the murder and funeral of Pablo Escobar (major … [Read More...]

Earl Bedford Encore Career

Encore Careers – Making a Difference

Encore Career Series There are millions of adults in mid-life who are refusing to fade away in the second half of life. It turns out that at least 41 million of those adults are searching for a calling and crafting encore careers that combine not only continued income but the promise for more … [Read More...]



Encore.org recently conducted a national survey asking people 50-70 years old about their plans, aspirations and concerns at this stage of their lives. The overall findings showed that encore careers appeal to people across all lines of education, and economic status. They found that people want to … [Read More...]

More than a ½ million residents in Hillsborough and Pinellas county are over the age of 50 and considering the possibilities for a new chapter in their lives. Traditional retirement may not be the next step. There is a social change movement called Encore, growing across the country- as millions of baby boomers transiton into this new stage of life with a vast reservoir of talent and experience – where people want to continue some kind of work (encore) that combines personal meaning, with social impact and sometimes continued income. Bevan also talks about some of the reasons why the largest growing age group of entrepreneurs in the US is from ages 55-6 65 years old
  • the recession and the fact that boomers are faced with high rates of unemployment,
  • that adults are actually living longer and can find the time to launch their own enterprise,
  • the boomer generation has been making up their own rules as to how they want to live their lives- this is not any different now.
The other important imperative in this movement – is to help organizations, leaders and the community at large to think differently and to innovate- ways that we can leverage this encore talent to strengthen our organizations, community and economy in Tampa Bay.


The Encore Academy is here to provide workshops, resources and connections that will help you discover and launch your Encore career!

Upcoming Workshops:

"Getting Out of Your Own Way”
(Encore workshop)
November 5, 2014
6-8 pm
St Petersburg Chamber Board Room
$25 | Register Here

“The Power of the Entrepreneurial Mindset”
(Encore Workshop)
November 13, 2014
The Greenhouse
$55 | Register Here

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A second or third act that combines personal meaning with social impact and continued income.

Are you ready for your encore career


  • 10,000 Baby boomers are turning 65 every day
  • 9 million people ages 44-70 are in their encore career
  • Another 31 million are interested in joining them
  • 37% of boomers say they expect to retire after 65
  • 10,000 adults are turning 60 every day
  • Over 40% of all start ups in America are by adults over 45 years of age.
  • 70% of all boomers expect to work in some capacity after they "Retire"