Speakers

Dieter Zwicky- Life Coach: “Access Your Childlike Spontaneity Once Again”

Dieter Zwicky is a man who lives his dreams and coaches others to find their passions and make them real. He coaches clients of all ages to help them achieve clarity about what they truly value and bring those ideals into being. As a 2young2retire certified facilitator, Dieter works with those who are looking for greater satisfaction in their post-career years. He helps them in a playful way to have their inner child come to life, thus finding a meaningful purpose in their golden years. Dieter ultimately supports his clients in fulfilling the dreams on their bucket list. To achieve and do all the fun things they have yet to complete in their lives.

Aaron Murphy, Architect: “An Age Friendly Future – Housing and Communities" Panel

Aaron Murhpy- is an architect  with over 23 years and 1 million square feet of commercial building design & permitting experience, as well as a residential focus around “Aging in Place and Universal Design”, to create Empowering Housing for the Longevity Economy. He’s NAHB CAPS certified and a published author on the subject, as well as speaker  locally and nationally over the last 8 years.  

Michael Rossato-Bennett, Director & Producer: “Alive Inside” - Sundance Film Award 

Michael Rossato-Bennett is the Writer, Director and Producer of “Alive Inside” – winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for U.S. Documentary – and through film he strives to incite conversations that interrogate issues related to cultural consciousness. In addition to “Alive Inside”, his first feature length documentary offering, Rossato-Bennett has several documentaries in various stages of development, through his production company, Projector Media. Each of those projects is inspired by Michael’s dedication to the collective well being of society and progressive human change towards the greater, if not greatest, good.

Rick Moody,  Former Director AARP: "The Power of Dreams in Retirement"

 Harry R. Moody is a graduate of Yale University and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University, and taught at Columbia, Hunter College, New York University, and the UC Santa Cruz. He recently retired as Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs for AARP in Washington, DC. Moody is the author of over 100 scholarly articles, as well as a number of books including his most recent book, "The Five Stages of the Soul," translated into seven languages worldwide. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society on Aging and in 2008 he was named by Utne Reader Magazine as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”

Peter Mangan, Founder, The Freebird Club,  Ireland: "Connecting Senior Explorers Through Meaningful Travel"

                                                                                                   The Freebird Club is a peer-to-peer social travel & homestay club for older adults. It provides a new way of travelling for independent older adults, a potential new source of income for hosts, and a fun and accessible new way to meet people and enjoy social and cultural interaction in later life. The mission is to enrich the lives & well-being of older adults through meaningful social travel. *Join Peter with his father, Owen, who was the inspiration for starting the Freebird Club for an intimate and educational session.

Dr. Peter Whitehouse, Case Western University: "Alzheimers and Intergenerativity"

Dr. Whitehouse is the coauthor of “The Myth of Alzheimer’s: what you aren’t being told about today’s most dreaded diagnosis.” He is a Professor of Neurology and former or current professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Bioethics, History, Nursing and Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University, Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and President of Intergenerational Schools International. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and MD-PhD  from Johns Hopkins University (with field work at Harvard and Boston Universities), followed by a Fellowship in Neuroscience and Psychiatry and a faculty appointment at Hopkins. In 1986 he moved to Case Western Reserve University to develop the University Alzheimer Center. In 1999 he founded with his wife, Catherine, The Intergenerational School, a unique public multiage, community school.

Kerry Hannon, Author,  Finance Expert: “How to Launch a Successful Encore Career After 50″

Kerry Hannon is a nationally recognized expert on career transitions, personal finance and retirement, especially for older women. She is a frequent TV and radio commentator and is a sought-after keynote speaker at conferences across the country.She has spent more than two decades covering all aspects of careers, business and personal finance as a columnist, editor, and writer for the nation’s leading media companies, including The New York Times, Forbes, Money, U.S. News & World Report, and USA Today. Kerry’s work has also regularly appeared in BusinessWeek, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, The Wall Street Journal, and Reader’s Digest, among other national publications. She has appeared as a financial expert on ABC News, CBS, CNBC, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and PBS.

Stephen Johnston, Co-Founder Aging 2.0: "Aging into the Future"

Stephen Johnston MBA is co-founder of Aging2.0 a global innovation platform for aging and senior care, founder of Fordcastle, an innovation consultancy and a member of the Future Agenda, the world’s largest open foresight initiative. Stephen serves on the board of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), and Music and Memory, 501c3 nonprofits focused on improving the quality of life for older people, He is co-author of Growth Champions (Wiley, 2012), a book about sustainable corporate growth. He has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He lives in San Francisco, CA.

Dan Trigub, Dir Partnerships, Lyft: "How Lyft is Transforming Senior Transportation & Staffing"

The mission of Lyft is to improve people’s lives with the worlds best transportation. Lyft is the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S and is available in 200+ cities. Mr. Trigub sits on the GEHT (Government, Education, Healthcare & Transit) team at Lyft helping to build partnerships in the healthcare vertical. In particular, Dan leads Lyft's initiatives in Elder Mobility and finding new and innovative solutions to leverage the Lyft platform for our aging population. Before Lyft, Dan founded several companies including OpenPlacement which is the  hotels.com for senior care. He also has a combined 5 years of experience working in consulting and investment banking where he focused on healthcare. His family also operates a home care business in the Bay Area that has been serving the community for 15 years.

Rebecca Wilson, Founder,  Starts at 60 Australia: "What does the 60+ Market Really Want?"

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at 60: a news, blog and information website and online community for seniors and over 60s in Australia and New Zealand. We cover travel, living, romance, grey nomads, health, money matters, retirement, retirement lifestyles, hobbies, humour and life after retirement. Our readers are lively, active and technologically savvy, accessing our site through Facebook and Twitter as well as online at www.startsat60.com and via email. We have lots of fun on our site, with daily jokes, flashbacks and voyeuristic travel stories that make everyone enjoy themselves. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at 60 a fun place to be.

Wendi Burkhardt, CEO Silvernest: "Homesharing for Income and Companionship"

Wendi has more than 25 years of technology experience working with venture start-ups, emerging technology offerings, rapid-growth tech firms and Fortune 500 corporations. Her history also includes a year spent working with Home Instead, a $1B in-home, senior care corporation as a key client. She is a seasoned entrepreneur as well as a mentor and coach to social ventures. Wendi holds a degree in International Trade & Finance from Louisiana State University, and has completed an executive education program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Louis Tenenbaum, Founder Homes Renewed:  "Aging in Place: Take Action!

Louis Tenenbaum, a leading authority on aging in place, is the founder of HomesRenewed, a coalition of business, government, not for profits and consumer stakeholders. One of the first contractors to dedicate his remodeling business to aging in place in the early 90s, Louis became curious why such a good idea had so little traction in the marketplace. He researched the intersection of aging, housing and services culminating in the groundbreaking white paper, "Aging in Place 2.0: Rethinking Solutions to the Home Care Challenge, published by the MetLife Mature Market Institute. In fact, Louis’s research into consumer motivation and market incentives lead him to found HomesRenewed. Uniquely straddling the building, aging, healthcare and policy worlds, last year Louis was named an "Influencer of the Year" by Next Avenue and won a HIVE (Housing, Innovation, Vision and Economics) award from the building industry.

Paul Irving, Chairman, Center for the Future of Aging, Milken Institute: "The Promise of Purposeful Aging"

Paul Irving is chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging and distinguished scholar in residence at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. He previously served as the Institute’s president, an advanced leadership fellow at Harvard University, and chairman and CEO of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, a law and consulting firm. Author of “The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose,” a Wall Street Journal expert panelist and contributor to the Huffington Post, PBS Next Avenue and Forbes, Irving also serves as a director of East West Bancorp, as vice chair of Encore.org and on advisory boards of USC Davis, the Global Coalition on Aging, Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute, WorkingNation, Berkeley-AGE, and the Bipartisan Policy Center. PBS Next Avenue named Irving an “Influencer” for his exceptional contributions to the field of aging, and he was honored with the Janet L. Witkin Humanitarian Award by Affordable Living for the Aging.

Sara Zeff Geber, Retirement Coach: “Fifty Plus, Minus Kids: Meeting the Challenges of Solo Aging”

​Sara Zeff Geber is the founder of LifeEncore, a certified retirement coach and recognized expert in motivating baby boomers to plan for the next phase of life.Facing the special challenges of Solo Aging is Dr. Geber’s personal crusade. She speaks to financial planners, gerontology professionals, developers, lawmakers, and others who play a role in the aging of America. Sara has recently completed a book on Solo Aging: Fifty Plus, Minus Kids: A Practical Guide for Aging Well Without Adult Children. Sara has a Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Behavior. Before starting LifeEncore, she was a management and leadership consultant. A Solo Ager herself, Sara lives with her husband and their canine companion in Santa Rosa, CA.

Matt Munro & Alex Rodas, Co-Founders GroovyTek: “What the Hack?”

Groovytek is your resource for personal technology training. We empower our clients to understand their personal technology in relatable, understandable terms. We offer in-home personal training for smartphones, tablets and computers to older adults. Mobile, computer, passwords and safety, email, contacts and calendars, texting or surfing the internet, GroovyTek’s trained staff make it easy to start where you are, and immediately gain both skills and confidence with your devices, applications and functionality.

Matt Munro is a lifelong marketer and entrepreneur. Matt started his career in the music business in Los Angeles by starting the music promotion company Modrox. Matt then returned to his native Chicago and spend a decade working with the Tribune company with an emphasis on their WGN brand. Matt then heading to Colorado and earned his EMBA from The University of Denver. Two years ago, Matt founded GroovyTek. Matt’s experience with branding, marketing and business development come into play every day as GroovyTek evolves to address opportunities and challenges.

Alex Rodas: After earning his BFA, Alex worked for various agencies around Colorado but soon decided he could be most effective utilizing his design skills by launching his own firm, Tecun Design. For over 10 years, Tecun specialized in design in all areas but with an emphasis on the digital space designing award winning websites and collateral for selected clients. Alex earned his EMBA from The University of Denver and two years ago founded GroovyTek. Alex’s experience with all things design are utilized on a daily basis as GroovyTek develops its signature look, feel, and new product offerings.

 Ron Pevny, Founder & Director, Center for Conscious Eldering: "The Journey Towards Wholeness"

"Conscious Eldering: The Journey Towards Wholeness in Our Later Years". ​Ron recognized his calling as a wilderness rite of passage guide while on a personal vision quest in 1979. Ever since, through his guiding, life coaching and consulting, he has been assisting people in creating lives of purpose, passion and service. He has a passion and gift for helping individuals and organizations in transition tap the power of the natural world to catalyze vision and renewal. His gentle, accepting way of working with others and deep resonance with nature support the opening of hearts and minds  Ron brings to his work a wealth of experience, knowledge, processes and practices, but knows that ultimately it is the open heart that generates vision and healing.In 2001, after developing a passion for doing oral history work with elders in his community of Durango, Colorado, Ron co-created the Choosing Conscious Elderhood retreats and vision quests. Six years ago he created the Center for Conscious Eldering, through which he works with talented colleagues to offer Choosing Conscious Elderhood retreats and introductory conscious eldering workshops at retreat centers in inspiring natural settings across North America. He is also a Certified Sage-ing Leader with Sage-ing (R) International, is active in the Life Planning Network, and contributes articles to The Sage-ing Communicator and the Boomer Living Plus website. Ron is author of “Conscious Living, Conscious Aging” published by Beyond Words/Atria Books..

   Kendall Dudley, Director; Lifeworks: "Using Your Life Story to Illuminate the Future"

Kendall Dudley is a career and life design consultant for people over 50 interested in discovering what matters to them and then shaping those ideas and related memories and experiences into a compelling “map” for the future. In addition to an active private practice, I worked at Harvard University as a career consultant and taught at Tufts and Lesley Universities. Over the years, I combined journal writing, life story writing, art-making, creativity and travel into a synergistic process of self-discovery for clients. I present my work at national conferences, design interactive public art projects that are funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and lead self-discovery writing trips here and abroad. I am National Webinar host for the Life Planning Network (LPN) and Program Chair for LPN’s New England Chapter and member of the LPN Board. My writings include articles in Live Smart After 50, Second Journeys, What to Do at 65: Travel, End of Speedway and Itineraries for an Original Life. He went to the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School) BS and Columbia University (MA) and was in the American Peace Corps in Iran.

Kristine Carlson, New York Times Best-selling author, world renowned speaker: "What Now?"

Kristine Carlson, New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned speaker, is passionate about spreading her message of waking up to lifewith joy and gratitude amidst the ups and downs of this earthly existence.

Kris’ life mission expands upon the phenomenal success of her late husband Dr. Richard Carlson’s work in the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” series. She continues his legacy of peaceful and mindful living through her own bestselling books—Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Women, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms, An Hour to Live, an Hour to Love: The True Story of the Best Gift Ever, and Heartbroken-Open: A Memoir Through Loss to Self Discovery—as well as her well-known “What Now?” program and her upcoming “Don’t Sweat” E-course. Over the past two decades, Kris and Richard have sold more than 25 million books. She has been featured on national radio and television broadcasts, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Dirk Jarre, President EURAG- European Federation of Older Persons, "Social Innovation for Ageing"

"The Maintenance of an Independent, Self-Determined Life". Dirk Jarré is the President of EURAG – the European Federation of Older Persons. EURAG – founded in 1962 and thus the oldest transnational organisation of senior citizens – is a non-profit and non- religious European organisation independent of any political parties. Its purpose is to promote the quality of life of older persons in society. Dirk is also the NGO representative in the Working Group on Ageing of the UNECE and in its Bureau. He has served as special advisor to the President of the European Economic and Social Committee of the European Union. Former president of the International Council on Social Welfare, ICSW, and of the Liaison Committee of NGOs in consultative status with the Council of Europe. Former vice-president of the Platform of European NGOs of the Social Sector - Social Platform - Brussels.

Tim Carpenter, Founder Exec. Director, EngAGE, CA: "High Engagement As Cure for Senior Loneliness "

​Tim Carpenter is the founder of EngAGE and host/producer of the Experience Talks radio show. EngAGE is a nonprofit that changes aging and the way people think about aging by transforming senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity. EngAGE provides life-enhancing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs and events to thousands of seniors living in Southern California. Tim catalyzed the creation of the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, a first-of-its-kind senior apartment community with high-end arts amenities and programs. Experience Talks is a radio magazine that shines a light on the value of experience in society, airing for 250,000 listeners on the worldwide on the web at www.kpfk.org. The show is syndicated on the Pacifica Network to up to 100 cities nationwide. Tim serves on the board of the National Center for Creative Aging. In 2008, he was elected an Ashoka Fellow for being one of the top social entrepreneurs in the world, and in 2011 he received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. He is also the recipient of a Durfee Foundation 2016/17 Stanton Fellowship.

Deborah Skovron, Director/Creative Dir. Circle Talk: "Reversing Loneliness"

CircleTalk engages older adults in meaningful conversations using creative activities to inspire personal sharing, a sense of belonging, and a feeling of community.At CircleTalk our goal is to successfully support the transition of older adults into residences and eliminate the feelings of loneliness and isolation often experienced by older adults as they negotiate changes in later life. CircleTalk offers a curriculum-specific, dedicated program that connects and engages older adults and allows them to flourish within a community.As the innovator of the CircleTalk method and curriculum, Deborah brings 30 year of experience working as a process keeper and concept developer for numerous initiatives that improve the social space by facilitating healthy communication and healthy communities. Check us out at CircleTalk.org.

Anne-Sophie Parent, Brussels, Secretary General,  AGE Platform Europe: "Towards an Age Friendly Europe"

                                                                                               Anne-Sophie Parent is Secretary General of AGE Platform Europe, a EU network representing directly 30 million people aged 50+ across the EU-27 which she has been leading since 2002. AGE aims to voice and promote the interests of the 150 million inhabitants aged 50+ in the European Union.   Ms Parent has more than 20 years experience in dealing with policy and project development at EU level, having been Director of Autism-Europe for 6 years and President of the Social Platform for 2 mandates. She sits on various advisory committees set up by the European Commission and is  a member of the Advisory Group of the United Nations – Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) Generations and Gender Programme , a member of the Advisory Board of the World Demography & Ageing Forum (WDA) and sits on the Steering Committee of the Social Justice Programme of the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium).

     Dorian Mintzer, Retirement Transition Coach, Author: “Revolutionize Retirement”

Dorian Mintzer, Ph. D.  is an experienced therapist, Retirement Transition/ Money/ Relationship/and Executive Coach, Consultant, Speaker, Writer and Teacher who works with individuals and couples to navigate pre-retirement and retirement transition issues. She is the co-author of "The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Creating an Amazing New Life Together," a contributing author to a number of books such as Live Smart After 50!, Not your Mother’s Retirement and 65 Things to do When you Retire, and co-producer of the "Career Playbook: Second Half plays." available at www.revolutionizeretirement.com. She's the founder of two virtual communities: The Boomers and Beyond Special Interest Group and the 4th Tuesday Revolutionize your Retirement Interview with Experts Series to Help you Create a Fulfilling Second Half of Life.

Meg Newhouse, teacher, coach, author: "Legacies of the Heart"

Meg Newhouse, Ph.D. Principal, Passion & Purpose LifeCrafting, founder of The Life Planning Network, founding member of the Conscious Elders Network, independent educator and author, most recently of Legacies of the Heart: Living a Life That Matters (2016). She is passionate about the potential of elderhood and many other things, including relationships, music, nature, yoga, learning, “sacred activism,” and her grandchildren.

Mark Hager, founder AgeinPlace.com: “An Age Friendly Future – Housing and Communities" (Panel)

Mark Hager is a respected thought leader on the Longevity Economy, Baby Boomer consumers and aging in place. He is the founder of AgeInPlace.com, a resource for people 50+ who want to learn more about aging in place. As well as, a strategic advisor and consultant who works with business owners and organizations to reach more of the 50+ market, generate more revenue and increase the number of older people that they serve.

Teresa Tsien, Founding Director, Institute of Active Ageing Hong Kong Polytechnic University: "Active Ageing in Hong Kong" 

​                                                                                                  Prof. Teresa Tsien is a Professor of Practice of the Department of Applied Social Sciences and a Professional Consultant of the Institute of Active Ageing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is also a part-time visiting professor for the MSc in Clinical Gerontology programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Teresa specializes in aging studies and research, especially in dementia care, carer support, lifelong learning and active ageing. Teresa sits on various government boards advising the Hong Kong government on aging policy and services. She is also the Founding President of WINGS (Women Initiative for Ageing Successfully) HK, the vice-chairman of Senior Citizen Home Safety Association, Hon. Treasurer of the Hong Kong Alzheimer’s Disease Association, committee member of the Age-friendly community Project of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Tsimshatsui Kaifong Welfare Association and the Cheung Muk Tau Holiday Centre for the Elderly, Helping Hand. She also serves as an advisor and a consultant to ten other non-government organizations.