Life Reimagined: Opportunities in the Hospitality Industry

Another great Encore Tampa Bay event that connects Encore talent with the community! Over 60 encore seekers learned about the different ways to work or volunteer for organizations such as travel agencies, river tours, museums. transportation, St Petersburg chamber and city events!

Thank you to our great partners/ sponsors for this event: AARP Tampa Bay, St Petersburg Chamber , Mayflower River Tours.

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Encore Academy
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.

Recent Articles:


A Closer Look at Unretirement

UPDATED: 6/8/15 Evening with Chris Farrell Join us on May 20th as author, Chris Farrell speaks about "Unretirement" at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, FL!   For almost two years I've been writing blog posts about the exciting opportunities around the ever growing encore … [Read More...]

White House


In the last seven days, Tampa Bay has had the distinct opportunity to host two significant events, The White House Conference on Aging Regional Forum and a visit from the founder of the encore movement, Marc Freedman. White House Conference on Aging The White House Conference on Aging convenes … [Read More...]

Encore Entrepreneurs


Move over millennials, the boomers are taking over when it comes to entrepreneurship. In 2013, Kaufman reported 20% of all new business ventures in the US were started by entrepreneurs aged 50-59. An additional 15% of startups were started by those 60 years and over, which means 35% of all startups … [Read More...]


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

Upcoming Workshops:

“Linked In Strategies for Powerful Personal Branding”
July 22 - 6:30-8:00 pm
St Petersburg Greenhouse,

For more information and to register: HERE

Identifying Your Passion: Creating a Vision for your Life
July 10 8:30- 11:30 am
St Petersburg Greenhouse,

For more information and to register: HERE

5 hour sessions (online)
May 7 - August 10
$25 | Register

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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"