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:

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...]


Encore Resolutions For 2015

It is, once again, the time when we pause and reflect on the past year. Hopefully you are taking time away from work or life’s rat race to ask: What did I accomplish? What would I like to do over or improve? What did I learn? What things did I not get to? Now is a great time to look … [Read More...]

Laurie Stemm

From Marketer to Healer, an Encore Career Story

There are many different ways that people find and connect to their encore career. What we often see is a coinciding of another person’s passion or an “opportunity that shows up” in our lives. In this video blog, Laurie DeFrain -Stemm shares her journey to her encore. Her story is not unlike many … [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:


"Rethinking Identity in Mid and Later Life"
February 25
1-2:30 pm
(FREE - but need to register)
St Pete Greenhouse

(6 hours)
Part 1
March 10 - 5-8 pm
St Petersburg Greenhouse
Part 2-
March 12- 5-8 pm
St Petersburg Chamber Board Room

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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"