“What’s Next: Your Guide to Retirement: Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job”
Kerry Hannon, a nationally recognized career expert, columnist and regular contributor to The New York Times and Money magazine, will be the featured speaker at Encore Connect, an event to explore the ways people 50+ can redefine retirement, find new purpose and do meaningful work that enriches their lives and strengthens their communities. Set for Wednesday, March 16, 4-7 pm at University of South Florida St. Petersburg, the Encore Connect program promises to provide boomers with an opportunity to learn from Hannon and connect to local resources for education, entrepreneurship, volunteering, job searches and transitioning to their individualized “encore”.
Hannon’s address, “What’s Next? Your Guide to a Working Retirement: Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job,” will cover the importance of a working retirement as a pillar of retirement, finding an encore career, starting a business, how to find a job with a non-profit, steps to pivot to an encore career, and how to fall in love with your job again.
“Living longer, healthier lives is revolutionizing the way we navigate what was once considered our retirement years – and our retirement savings strategies,” said Hannon. “We must re-think the value of longevity and focus on three money-wise reasons to stay in the workforce as long as possible.”
Encore Fast Facts
- By 2020, 55.9 million people in the U.S. will be 65 or older and by 2030 that number will reach 72.7 million. (Source: U.S. Census)
- 70% of adults over 50 have decided to work beyond 65 in some capacity. (Source: AARP)
- More than 21 million Americans are choosing an alternative path of retirement utilizing their lifetime of skills and experience. (Source: Encore.org)
- The fastest growing age group of entrepreneurs is age 55-65, with over 45% of all entrepreneurs between the ages of 45-65. (Source: Kauffman Foundation, 2015 Kauffman Index of Startup Activity)
- In the Tampa Bay area there are more than 500,000 adults older than 50. (Source: AARP)
Hannon is the author of ten books, including Getting the Job You Want After 50 – #1 on Amazon for mid-life career management and job-hunting. Attendees will receive this best seller free with registration. Hannon also wrote What’s Next? Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond and the national bestseller Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy . . . And Pays the Bills.
Louanne Walters, producer and host of The Philanthropy Show, will interview Hannon on areas to help attendees prepare for their next job, new business or volunteer opportunity. With over 30 years in communications, tourism and finance, Walters has served as a TV news reporter/anchor with three NBC affiliates and a financial advisor with Raymond James.
Hannon is a contributing writer for AARP’s Jobs Expert, Great Jobs columnist, contributing editor and Second Verse columnist at Forbes, and the PBS website NextAvenue.org expert and regular columnist on personal finance and careers for boomer women.
A graduate of Duke University, Hannon is a fellow of the Columbia Journalism School and the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center’s 2015 Age Boom Academy. She is a former Metlife Foundation and New America Media fellow on aging. In 2006, she developed U.S. News & World Report’s “Second Acts” feature — a regular column that looked at people who successfully navigated a complete career change in midlife, their challenges and their motivations.
Hannon’s presentation will be followed by an opportunity to connect to numerous resources in the Tampa Bay area through an interactive expo. The expo will offer the “take action” guidance needed so boomers will leave with an individualized plan.
“Our expo is not a job fair,” says Bevan Rogel, founder and president of Encore Tampa Bay. “It is an opportunity to link to connections for education, entrepreneurship, job searches, volunteering and other organizations to help people reinventing themselves for the future.”
Encore Connect is supported by presenting sponsor, Raymond James and connect sponsors, AARP Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and USFSP. Other sponsors include SunTrust, Manpower, Brighthouse, Nielsen , Florida Blue Baby Boomer Barristers and My Video Voice.
To learn more about Encore Connect and to register, visit here. Early bird registration is $40. After March 1, registration is $50.
About Encore Tampa Bay
Encore Tampa Bay helps baby boomers understand this exciting new stage of life development where anything is possible. Encore careers combine work (paid and unpaid), with personal meaning and social impact. Encore careers can be as a volunteer, part time or project paid work, starting your own business or non-profit or simply learning a new skill/ new job.
Our goal is to build an interest by Tampa Bay businesses, educational institutions and community organizations to value and leverage the talent of experienced adults. Encore Tampa Bay is making a difference in the Tampa Bay community by connecting passionate, experienced, talented older adults to organizations that are in need of this level of expertise and experience.