Speakers

 

dieter-imageDieter Zwicky- Founder & Owner of Dream * Plan * Live it coaching, “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.


 

philip_crouchePhilip F. Crouch, Tasmania “Lifelong Learning U3A

Philip is deeply committed to a global holistic approach toward raising consciousness, spirituality, creative aging and awareness across all ages. Initiated by a premonition manifested in a 1973 dream, he has pursued these interests and shares them in his work called, Soul Work Pathways. Philip believes in Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s philosophy, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”  His life experiences have included the UK Merchant Navy, trades, sales, management, self-employment, and community development. His personal interests include spending time with his wife, Jacqui, mindful meditation, facilitating spiritual groups, tai chi, swimming, writing, playing the harmonica, theatre, and singing/drama performance work.


 

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Michael Rossato-Bennett, Writer, Director & Producer “Alive Inside”- Sundance Film Award Winning Documentary

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-moodyRick Moody, Positive Aging, Sage International, formerly AARP

“I spent 45 years working in the field of aging, and I actually worked for Robert Butler, who invented the term, “ageism.” I always thought I was immune from this disorder. I was wrong.” Dr. 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: Abundance of Life: Human Development Policies for an Aging Society. His most recent book, The Five Stages of the Soul, has been 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-imagePeter Mangan, Founder & CEO, The Freebird Club, Ireland

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.


 

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Madeleine Marentette, CEO, Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing- Ontario, Canada

Madeleine was born in Toronto, Canada. She began a career in hospitality while studying art history and design in college. Her passion and appreciation for nature, ancient history, design and beautiful spaces were nurtured while living in Germany with her grandparents. Under the canopies of the black forests and hikes to mountaintop monasteries along with stories of secret passageways, hidden treasures and noble knights, all fueled her love for adventure and understanding the mysteries of the human condition. Her mission today as a spiritual entrepreneur and leader is to continue to evolve as a person as well as nurture her creation, the awe-inspiring Grail Springs Retreat for its visitors to continue to trust and enjoy as a sacred place for personal transformation. Voted Best of Body, Mind, Spirit Spas by SpaFinder. 


 

kerry-hannonKerry Hannon, Author, Work and Jobs 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.


 

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Stephen Johnston, Co-Founder Aging2.0. 

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.


 

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Dan Trigub, Lyft – Healthcare Partnerships- Elder Mobility

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. Lyft is preferred by drivers and passengers for its safe and friendly experience, and its commitment to affecting positive change for the future of our cities.

3.6 million Americans a year miss or delay medical care because they lack transportation, according to the Community Transportation Association. Focused on business development and building partnerships within the healthcare and elder care vertical to reduce this number to 0.


 

rebeccaRebecca Wilson – Starts at 60 Australia

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.


 

wendiWendi Burkhardt, CEO Silvernest

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-tanenbaumLouis Tenenbaum- Advisor at Engage, Maryland, USA

Louis is known as the nation’s leading authority in Aging in Place- the idea that our homes are the most desirable and economical place to age and receive care. He was the first design/build contractor to focus his company on accessibility/Aging in Place…in the early 1990’s…way before the herd. With years of experience with clients, design solutions, and the connections to health, transportation and technology, economic, caregiving and cultural issues, he is a go-to authority on the subject. He was listed in Next Avenue’s Top Influencers of the Year in aging.


 

paul-irvingPaul Irving Chairman, Center for the Future of Aging, Milken Institute

Paul H. Irving is chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging and distinguished scholar in residence at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology. Irving, who previously served as the Institute’s president, is a nationally recognized thought leader in the field and has led the Institute’s work promoting healthy, productive and purposeful aging.

He is the author of “The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose,” and his work is regularly featured in major media outlets. Under Irving, the Institute launched its “Best Cities for Successful Aging” initiative — a report, index and data site that evaluates and ranks U.S. metropolitan areas based on amenities, infrastructure and opportunities for engagement for older adults. 


sara-zeff-geberSara Zeff Geber, PhD. Retirement Coach, “Fifty Plus, Minus Kids: Meeting the Challenges of Solo Aging”

 

Sara Zeff Geber is the founder of LifeEncore, and is a certified retirement coach and a 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 regularly speaks about this issue 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.  It will be published this Spring. Sara has a Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Behavior. Before starting LifeEncore, she was a management and leadership consultant, working in the U.S. and internationally.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Sara is an active member of the Life Planning Network (LPN), and is on the leadership team for the NorCal chapter.  She is also active in The Transition Network, a national organization that supports women over 50 as they go through life’s journey. A Solo Ager herself, Sara lives with her husband and their canine companion in Santa Rosa, CA.


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Matt Munro & Alex Rodas: 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.


 

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Kendall Dudley, Director; Lifeworks Career & Life Design

LIFEWORKS offers career & life planning for: Career changers, People starting out or starting over, those stalled and needing supportive insight, those in the midst of change and possibilities, those wishing to embrace their creative life and find more meaning in their work, those exploring sabbaticals, retirement, or other moments of redefinition

Through work we express our skills, hopes, power, and art. Through work, we have the opportunity to recreate ourselves and experience a potential we may not have thought possible.


 

tom-kamber-oatsTom Kamber, Founder OATS- Older Adults Technology Services

Tom Kamber is an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator and activist who has created new initiatives in aging, technology, affordable housing and the arts. As founder and executive director of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), Tom has helped over 20,000 seniors get online and created the country’s first technology-themed community center for older adults.

Tom teaches social entrepreneurship and philanthropy at Columbia University and has published widely in academic journals on topics including public policy, business strategy, and technology. He speaks regularly at local, national, and international conferences, including the Consumer Electronics Show, the Institute of Medicine (National Academies), the American Society on Aging, the Federal Communications Commission, TEDx Columbia, and the Amplify Festival in Australia.


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Amy Lampert, Financial Literacy Educator; Unique Strategies for Building and Preserving Wealth 

Using an integrative life and financial planning model, Amy Lampert works with her clients to define, afford and live their best lives. Her passion for demystifying the world of money and investments for her clients led to the creation of a series of educational materials and workshops on the 10 Dimensions of Financial Literacy which are offered to clients, companies and women’s groups throughout the country.

Specialties: Presents workshops on wide range of financial matters, holds securities supervision and investment advisory licenses in Massachusetts and Florida. Uses a structured methodology to review and assess clients’ financial health. Recommends strategies to help clients achieve their financial goals and objectives.

 


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Tim Carpenter, Founder Exec. Director, EngAGE, Los Angeles, CA

EngAGE is a nonprofit that transforms aging and the way people think about aging by turning senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity. EngAGE takes a whole-person approach to creative and healthy aging by providing college-level arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs to older adults.

Additionally, EngAGE produces a weekly one-half hour radio show, “Experience Talks,” to shine a light on the value of experience in society and change the way people think about aging. Experience Talks airs for 250,000 listeners on Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, and streams live on the web at http://www.kpfk.org/. It is also syndicated on up to 100 radio stations nationally in the Pacifica Network. Previous shows are archived on the show’s website at http:// www.experiencetalks.org.


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Deborah Skovron, Director/Creative Dir. Circle Talk

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.


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Anne-Sophie Parent, Paris, Secretary General chez AGE Europe, Brussels- European Covenant on Demographic Change

The new European Covenant on Demographic Change was launched in December 2015. Its first Board of Directors was elected in January 2016 for a period of 3 years. The main objective of the Covenant on Demographic Change is to help the European Union to better respond to demographic change by allowing local, regional and national authorities and other stakeholders – who wish to work together to promote innovative solutions to adapt the living and working environments to the needs of the ageing population in Europe – to improve life expectancy in good health, create an inclusive society for all ages, and create new synergies between interested stakeholders and governance levels.


 

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Dorian Mintzer, author, “Revolutionize Retirement”

Experienced Therapist, Life and Retirement Transition Coach, Money Coach, Relationship Coach, Executive Coach, Consultant, Speaker, Writer and Teacher.

“I work with individuals and couples and help them navigate pre-retirement and retirement transition issues. I consult with Financial Planners and other professionals to help their clients. I am co-author of The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Creating an Amazing New Life Together, and a contributing author to Not your Mother’s Retirement, Live Smart After 50! The Six Secrets to a Happy Retirement, 65 Things to do When you Retire, Remarkable and Real, and Making Marriage a Success. I am also co-producer of the Career Playbook: Second Half plays. It is a free ebook about various ways to work in the 21st century. It is available at www.boomersandbeyondsig.com.” 

 


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Mark Hager and Aaron Murphy: “An Age Friendly Future – Housing and Communities”

Aaron Murhpy- is an architect in the Seattle area with over 23 years and 1 million square feet of commercial building design & permitting experience (which is inherently ADA compliant), as well as a residential focus in his own firm’s practice 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 both locally and nationally over the last 8 years.  Mr. Murphy was recently asked to fly to the International Home Health Expo in Tokyo to shoot a TV show about the technology and products that make Aging in Place successful.

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.

 


 

meg-newhouse Meg Newhouse, Ph.D. teacher, coach, author 

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. 


ron-pevnyRon Penvy, Founder & Director, Center for Conscious Eldering

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.  

 

Dr. Peter Whitpeter-whitehouse-imageehouse, MD, Ph.D. “The Myths of Alzheimer’s and Intergenerativity”

Peter 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 is also currently a strategic advisor in innovation at Baycrest Health Center.

He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and MD-PhD (Psychology) from The 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 (www.tisonline.org).

He is a geriatric neurologist, cognitive scientist, environmental ethicist, and photographer. He is active in visual arts, dance and music organizations globally, including the National Center for Creative Aging and Dance Exchange. He is a transdisciplinarian and loves metaphors. He is coauthor of “The Myth of Alzheimer’s: what you aren’t being told about today’s most dreaded diagnosis.” 

 

keren-brown-wilson   Keren Brown-Wilson, President, Jamie F. Richardson Foundation

Karen is the President of Jessie F. Richardson Foundation, a charitable organization that works with indigent elders to meet immediate needs, build capacity and create sustainable programs for the long term. Aging Matters Initiative, a multi-year project that focuses on addressing aging issues in developing countries and locally with elders living on the edge. Keren has over 30 years experience in long-term care and supportive housing.

She was the principal architect of the Oregon model of assisted living and worked with policymakers in other states looking to replicate it. She founded three assisted living companies, providing development and management services to over 200 projects in numerous states with a focus on the poor and very poor.

 

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Emi Kiyota, President and founder at Ibasho, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Dr Emi Kiyota, an environmental gerontologist and organizational culture change expert, focuses on initiatives to improve the quality of the built environment for healthcare settings and long term care services for elders.

Emi is a consultant to numerous age-friendly design projects for senior housing, hospitals, and clinical-care centres in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. Dr. Kiyota is also a frequent speaker on these issues to audiences of both academics and practitioners. In addition to her consultant work on quality improvement in the built environment for long-term care and ageing services, Emi holds great concern for the similar needs of elders in the developing world. To this end, Emi and a group of like- minded colleagues have created a not-for- profit, international organization entitled Ibasho, embodying the Japanese concept of “a place where one feels at home being oneself.“ Ibasho aims to create a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable communities that value their elders. With this vision, She has involved in development for housing and services for elders in Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Ivory Coast. She also facilitated to build the first innovative “Ibasho cafe” in disaster area in Japan after the Great East Earthquake/Tsunami.

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Jan Hively ~ Encore Entrepreneur, "The Six Dimensions of Wellness"

Jan is the co-founder and US Liaison of the Pass it On Network, and is the founder of five different non-profits related to positive aging. At age 85, she is truly an elder voice of passion, determination and activism. In 2001, at age 69, after past careers in city and non-profit planning and administration, Dr. Hively was awarded a PhD in Education for Work and Community from the University of Minnesota. Her survey research was focused on "Productive Aging in Rural Minnesota." Jan’s mantra is “Meaningful work, paid or unpaid, through the last breath.”

Ashton Applewhite, author, This Chair Rocks, "The Role of Ageism"

Author and activist Ashton Applewhite has been writing about aging and ageism since 2007 at This Chair Rocks.com, and her book has hit the best seller list. Ashton was recently named the Influencer of the Year by Next Avenue, and has been recognized by the New York Times as an expert on ageism. In 2015 she was included in a list of 100 inspiring women—along with Arundhati Roy, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Germaine Greer, Naomi Klein, Pussy Riot, and other remarkable activists—who are committed to social change.

Ashton Applewhite, author, This Chair Rocks, "The Role of Ageism"

Author and activist Ashton Applewhite has been writing about aging and ageism since 2007 at This Chair Rocks.com, and her book has hit the best seller list. Ashton was recently named the Influencer of the Year by Next Avenue, and has been recognized by the New York Times as an expert on ageism. In 2015 she was included in a list of 100 inspiring women—along with Arundhati Roy, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Germaine Greer, Naomi Klein, Pussy Riot, and other remarkable activists—who are committed to social change.

jan-hively-imageJan Hively ~ Encore Entrepreneur, “The Six Dimensions of Wellness”

Jan is the co-founder and US Liaison of the Pass it On Network, and is the founder of five different non-profits related to positive aging. At age 85, she is truly an elder voice of passion, determination and activism. In 2001, at age 69, after past careers in city and non-profit planning and administration, Dr. Hively was awarded a PhD in Education for Work and Community from the University of Minnesota. Her survey research was focused on “Productive Aging in Rural Minnesota.” Jan’s mantra is “Meaningful work, paid or unpaid, through the last breath.”


 

ashton-applewhite-imageAshton Applewhite, author, This Chair Rocks, “The Role of Ageism”

Author and activist Ashton Applewhite has been writing about aging and ageism since 2007 at This Chair Rocks.com, and her book has hit the best seller list. Ashton was recently named the Influencer of the Year by Next Avenue, and has been recognized by the New York Times as an expert on ageism. In 2015 she was included in a list of 100 inspiring women—along with Arundhati Roy, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Germaine Greer, Naomi Klein, Pussy Riot, and other remarkable activists—who are committed to social change.


 

dr-landry-imageRoger Landry MD MPH President at Masterpiece Living

Dr. Roger Landry is a preventive medicine physician, author of award-winning “Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging” and President of Masterpiece Living, a group of multi-discipline specialists in aging who partner with communities to assist them in becoming destinations for continued growth. Trained at Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard University School of Public Health, Dr. Landry specializes in building environments that empower older adults to maximize their unique potential. He has been featured nationally and internationally on radio and TV with NBC, FOX News, ABC and CBS as well as BBC and 2GB radio (Australia). Dr. Landry has also written exclusive articles, and been called on as an expert in the field of aging, by publications such as US News and World Report, Huffington Post US/Canada, About.com –Assisted Living, Expert Beacon and eHow and makes regular appearances on MBLN. Dr. Landry was also featured in GRAND Magazine, Senior Planet, Journal of Aging and Health, Denver Post and ThirdAge, and his book, Live Long, Die Short has been endorsed by AARP and was a 2014 top pick of MORE magazine. Dr. Landry was a flight surgeon in the Air Force for more than 22 years keeping pilots and other aircrew healthy and performing at their best. One of his charges was world famous test pilot, Chuck Yeager.


 

dr-bill-thomas-imageDr. Bill Thomas- Co-Founder at ChangingAging.org & Age of Disruption Tour

Dr. Bill Thomas is an author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. He is an Ashoka Fellow and winner of the Heinz Awards for the Human condition. Best known for his health care system innovations, he co-created The Eden Alternative, an international nonprofit, and founded The Green House(R) Project, which Provider Magazine has called the “pinnacle of culture change.” Thomas also developed the Senior ER model of care and is now working to transform acute care services provided to elders. His synthesis of imagination and action led the Wall Street Journal to highlight Dr. Thomas as one of the nation’s “top 10 innovators” changing the future of retirement in America and US News and World Report to name him as one of “America’s best leaders.” The magazine noted his “startling commonsense ideas and his ability to persuade others to take a risk,” and concluded that “this creative and wildly exuberant country doctor has become something of a culture changer–reimagining how Americans will approach aging in the 21st century.” Dr. Thomas recently starred in the Sundance award-winning documentary Alive Inside. He has been traveling the country since 2014 starring in what he calls his Age of Disruption Tour, a “nonfiction theater performance” that has played in over 80 cities.


 

eric-leftwich-imageEric Leftwich ~ Colorado, USA~ jobZology™ 

A self admitted, big personality, Eric is a seasoned corporate executive, entrepreneur, consultant to the “C” suite and an exciting speaker. Most recently he has become a social software entrepreneur. Eric is the co- founder of  jobZology™ a unique assessment tool to help people and companies understand how to match themselves based on mutual fit. Then, use this match to foster feelings of real meaning and purpose in the workplace and eliminate the challenges related to a disengaged workforce. Recently used by the AARP, this assessment was shown to increase confidence, reduce depression and offer specific options for professional work either paid, volunteer or as a mentor in an area that brings true satisfaction. *Special Bonus! As a SPONSOR of our event, all of our ALL ACCESS PASS MEMBERS receive a FREE Jobzology assessment valued at $60!


 

jean-walkerJean Walker ~ University of the Third Age, Tasmania

Born in West Yorkshire, England, Jean migrated with her parents to Tasmania in 1951.   She taught English, Social Science and Special Education in Tasmanian high schools before working as Field Officer for the state branch of the Australian Education Union and as full-time State President from 2004-2008.  She was a Civil Marriage Celebrant for twelve years.

She has served on several Boards, including Council for the Ageing (COTA) and the Annie Kenny Young Women’s Shelter.  She has been President of three Zonta Clubs and is currently President of her local U3A at Glenorchy in Tasmania and of U3A Online, a “virtual” U3A where all courses are done online. Jean has travelled widely and has taught in the UK and in Sweden.  She has three adult sons, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


 

francis-njuakomFrancis Njuakom, Chief Executive of the Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance (CDVTA)

Francis Njuakom is the founder and chief executive officer of CDVTA – Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance, Cameroon’s leading organization in providing assistance and support to older people in northwestern highlands of Cameroon. He is coordinator of Nouvelle Planete projects in Cameroon, a board member of the IFA – International Federation of Aging and works with HelpAge. He is the Pass It On Network’s country liaison for Cameroon.  He holds a degree in Social Work from the Pan African Institute for Development and certificates in social gerontology, leadership and advocacy from the United Nations International Institute on Ageing

 

jim-firmanJames Firman, ED, President and CEO NCOA, Washington DC  “Aging Mastery”

For more than 30 years, James Firman, EdD, has been a leading force for innovation in services, programs, and public policies for older persons. Under his leadership, NCOA has developed many nationally acclaimed programs to improve the health, independence, and economic security of older adults. NCOA has also developed core competencies in collaborative leadership, fostering and scaling evidence-based innovations, and advocacy. In 2015, NextAvenue named Jim to their inaugural Influencers in Aging list. He was one of 50 thought leaders, innovators, writers, advocates, experts and others recognized for their work changing how we age and think about aging. His new course, “Aging Mastery” is being offered around the USA and online.


 

elizabeth-isele-imageElizabeth Isele- Founder and CEO, The Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship

Recognized globally – from the hallowed halls of Congress, the domes of Istanbul, the golden spires of Oxford University, and the cockpit of a vintage biplane – as a pioneering senior entrepreneurship expert, Elizabeth is leading the transformation of the culture of aging and retirement. Her passion to ignite an “experienced economy” by unleashing the potential of cross-generational experience to drive social and economic impact is grounded in data and metrics. She is successfully busting the prevailing gloom and doom myth that this huge demographic wave is a “silver tsunami” by demonstrating how the “experienced economy” is a “silver lining,” yielding golden dividends locally and globally. Since January 2012, she has become the go-to person for all things regarding senior and intergenerational entrepreneurship (programs, policy, capitalization and research) for the White House, the US Congress, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI-America), the EU Commission on Entrepreneurship, the OECD, the Federal Reserve, the UN, the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and global firms such as EY, among many others. Creator and producer with Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media of a top-level, 10-city, Global Summit Series to spearhead the 2015 social action campaign for their new movie, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” London, Dublin, Washington, DC, New York City, Phoenix, St. Louis, Sydney, Auckland and Santiago hosted the successful, cross-sector summits.


 

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Thibault Bastin & Barthelemy Gas, TEDx Paris,  “Reverse Engineering Aging”

Thibault Bastin and Brathelemy Gas


 

nan-boslerNan Bosler ~ Australia Senior Computer Clubs Association

Nan Bosler is the founding president of the Australia Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA), dedicated to helping older people use modern technology. She represents ASCCA nationally and internationally and served on the Digital Switchover Expert Group and the Cyber Security Awareness Week Committee. She is a Digital Inclusion Champion and a member of Project Broadband for Seniors Kiosks across Australia, funded by the federal government. Nan is a living example of her belief that learning is a lifelong experience. She was over 50 when she went to university where her first success led to others. In total, she earned 5 tertiary qualifications covering adult education, community organization, local and applied history, a Masters in local government management with specialities in business (governance) and training. She has been involved with community organizations for more than 60 years and has often received awards for her contributions. She is also a founder-member of the Careers Advisory Council.


 

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Joy Loverde – author, “The Complete Eldercare Planner” and “Who’s Going to Take Care of Me When I’m Old?”

Joy Loverde works with family members and organizations that want to lessen the financial and emotional burdens of caring for elderly loved ones. She also serves as a consultant to attorneys, financial planners, clergy, professionals, administrators, and other members of the fast-growing eldercare advisory industry. Her work has been featured on the Today show and in USA Today. She is on the faculty of Eden Across America and is the international eldercare spokesperson for the Employee Services Management Association.


 

dana_steinovaDana Steinova ~ Memory Training Czech Republic “Memory Training to Increase Self Confidence”

Dana Steinova travels the world training memory trainers. Based in Prague, she is the secretary general of European Federation of Older People (EURAG) with 156 members in 33 European countries.  She has, over the past 30 years, initiated a wide variety of programs including the U3A movement in the Czech Republic, reciprocal senior student exchanges with more than 42 exchanges within its first 10 years, and founding the first intergenerational non-vocational “University of Free Time” in the Czech Republic. She is fascinated by neuroscience and has been deeply involved with memory training since 1993. She founded the Czech Society for Memory Training and Brain Jogging, the EURAG Memory Training Center in Prague. Her simple techniques to boost memory power are fun, powerful and shown to have dramatic effects.


 

hanskristjangudmundssonHans Kristjan Gudmundsson, Iceland – “Lifelong Learning in Iceland via the University of the Third Age”

Hans is a physicist and engineer with a doctoral degree in Solid State Physics (TechnD) from KTH, Stockholm, 1982, and worked at the University of Iceland and the Iceland Technology Institute, the European Free Trade Organization and the Icelandic Centre for Research. After retiring in 2012, he has been working on different projects cultivating his interests including developing the University of the Third Age.


 

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Michael Hodin, PhD. CEO Global Coalition on Aging

Michael W. Hodin, Ph.D. is Chief Executive Officer of the Global Coalition on Aging, Managing Partner at High Lantern Group, and a Fellow at Oxford University’s Harris Manchester College. He is a featured blogger for The Fiscal Times, under the Age and Reason Blog and The Huffington Post. The Global Coalition on Aging aims to reshape how global leaders approach and prepare for the 21st century’s profound shift in population aging. The Coalition uniquely brings together leading global corporations across industry sectors with common strategic interests in aging populations, a comprehensive and systemic understanding of aging, and an optimistic view of its impact.


 

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Joan Price, author, advocate for ageless sexuality and fitness. “The Ultimate Guide to Sex After 50”

Author and speaker Joan Price calls herself an “advocate for ageless sexuality.” She has been called other things by the media: “senior sexpert,” “the beautiful face of senior sex,” and—her favorite—”wrinkly sex kitten.” Visit Joan’s zesty, award-winning blog about sex and aging at www.NakedAtOurAge.com.


 

parsu-armoogum-parsuramencullen-hayashidaPanel Discussion: Aging Innovations and Life Long Learning from India, Mauritus, China and Hawaii: Featuring Armoogum Parsuramen, and Cullen Hayashida

Armoogum or “Parsu” is currently the Founder of the Global Rainbow Foundation, founder of the University of Third Age Mauritius and the Founder of Senior Citizen Solidarity Foundation.  Formerly an executive at the World Bank and UNESCO, Parsu decided to retire and develop a new career delivering free prosthetics to the handicapped on his home island of Mauritius and is an inspiration world wide. He joined the World Bank in 1997, and in 1998 was appointed Director of UNESCO’s Division for the Renovation of Secondary and Vocational Education. In 2000 he became Director for Education in Africa before returning to UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in 2004. In 2009 he was appointed Director of UNESCO, New Delhi Office and Representative to Bhutan, India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka until June of 2011.

Cullen Hayashida is the Director and Founder of the Kupuna Education Center at Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC), Hawaii‘s only gerontology center at the community college level. He presently serves as a program consultant and advisor to develop and analyze the effectiveness of St. Francis Healthcare System’s developing commitment to eldercare known as the Kupuna Village programs.  He is also the Senior Advisor to Kupuna Monitoring Systems, one of Hawaii’s largest medical alert and home telehealth companies servicing approximately 1000 elders a day.

 


 

ana-krajncDr. Ana Krajnc, Slovenia “Lifelong Learning”

Dr. Krajnc is a Professor of Andragogy at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She has a global outlook cultivated at leading universities around the world – Geneva, Florence, Toronto, Ulm, San Francisco, and Oxford. She is a tireless researcher in andragogy and the social sciences and has participated in many national and international projects. She writes prolifically and the titles of her books leave no doubt as to where her passion lies: for example Education – our Social ValueSocial Participation and Adult EducationEducation and Work and Methods of Correspondence Education. She plays a very active part as President (since 2006) of the Slovene Third Age University network she co-founded (1985). The motto she spreads is “everyone teach one”.


 

vsevolod-rozanov2Vsevolod Rozanov, MD, PhD, Ukraine. “Understanding Elder Suicide.”

Prof. Rozanov is professor of suicidology and behavioral genetics, and chair of clinical psychology at  Odessa National Mechnikov University. Prof. Rozanov is a specialist in mental health promotion, a leader of several international projects dedicated to mental health of young and elderly, author of many published articles, chapters and books. He is also a leader of the Human Ecological Health NGO and popular lecturer and educator.


 

lynda-smithLynda Smith- CEO of the Refirement Network, Johannesburg, South Africa

“Don’t Retire: ReFire!” Lynda has had a 40 year career in business as an entrepreneur, employee and employer in social entrepreneurism; changing the lives of people in a positive way. She has coined the term “Refirement” and caters to mature individuals wanting to impact society in a meaningful way. Her innovative “Skill Bank” has won accolades and start up awards in South Africa and she is recognized as a cutting edge leader in aging.