Speakers

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. 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. Her book This Chair Rocks is a #1 best seller.  Ashton was recently named "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 who are committed to social change.

Roger 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 on NBC, FOX News, ABC and CBS as well as BBC and 2GB radio (Australia).  Dr. Landry was a flight surgeon in the Air Force for more than 22 years and one of his charges was world famous test pilot, Chuck Yeager.

Dr. 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 co-created The Eden Alternative,  founded The Green House(R) Project, developed the Senior ER model of care, and is now working to transform acute care services provided to elders. est leaders.”   Dr. Thomas recently starred in the Sundance award-winning documentary Alive Inside. He has been traveling the country with his "Age of Disruption Tour," a “nonfiction theater performance” that has played in over 80 cities.

Bryan Dik - Co-founder jobZology™

Bryan J. Dik, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychology at Colorado State University and Co-founder of JobZology. He has published widely on topics related to work as a calling; meaning, purpose, religion and spirituality in work; measurement of vocational interests; and career development interventions. Bryan is co-author of "Make Your Job a Calling: How the Psychology of Vocation Can Change Your Life at Work," and co-editor of two other books: "Psychology of Religion and Workplace Spirituality" and "Purpose and Meaning in the Workplace. " He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, an Early Career Award winner from the Society for Vocational Psychology, and an A. Barry Rand Fellow with AARP.

Jean 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 is 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.

Elizabeth Isele- Founder and CEO, The Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship " Senior Entrepreneurship is Not an Oxymoron"

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. She is successfully busting the prevailing gloom and doom  “silver tsunami” by demonstrating how the “experienced economy” is a “silver lining.”  She has worked with the White House, US Congress, the Clinton Global Initiative, the EU Commission on Entrepreneurship, OECD, the Federal Reserve, and the United Nations.

Thibault Bastin & Barthelemy Gas, TEDx Paris, "Matching Talent with Curious People"

Two engineering college graduates traveled to developing countries, and decided to pivot away from building roads to creating an intergenerational platform of "talent exchange." The Talents of Alphonse is the collaborative platform that makes it possible to connect people seeking authentic and authentic know-how with our Alphonse! Young, retired- but above all passionate experts; they wish to transmit their talents to all the curious who want to learn. Alphonse's know-how? The mechanics of old motorcycles, cars and bicycles, sewing and knitting, creation of design and industrial furniture in DIY (lamps, tables ...), restoration of antique furniture, or photography.

Nan 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 was over 50 when she went to university and has been involved with community organizations for more than 60 years.

Joy Loverde – author,  “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 Steinova ~  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  initiated a wide variety of programs including the U3A in  Czech Republic, reciprocal senior student exchanges with more than 42 exchanges, and founded the first “University of Free Time” in the Czech Republic.  Her simple techniques to boost memory power are fun, powerful and shown to have dramatic effects.

Hans Kristjan Gudmundsson, Iceland – “Towards a Dynamic 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, as well as coordinating the new BALL Lifelong learning projects.

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.

Francis 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

James 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.

Armoogum Parsuramen

Armoogum or “Parsu” is the Founder of the Global Rainbow Foundation, 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

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.

Dr. 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 Value; Social Participation and Adult Education; Education 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 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 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.

Keren Brown-Wilson, President, Jamie F. Richardson Foundation

Dr. Keren Brown Wilson’s career spans a broad range of academic and professional activities in aging and long-term care, including teaching, research, program design and implementation. Her work encompasses service at the community, state, national, and international levels. She is widely known as the architect of the ‘Oregon Model’ of assisted living and her work with affordable assisted living. 

Most recently she has served as the President of the Jessie F. Richardson Foundation (JFRF). JFRF’s focus is on underserved older adults in resource constrained communities using asset based community development techniques. Under her leadership the Foundation is focused on training for low literacy adults in the provision of direct care and management of chronic disease and conditions of older adults. A 2nd initiative is focused on intergenerational efforts, particularly grandparents raising grandchildren.

She has received numerous awards for her work in the field of aging, including the Maxwell Pollack Award of the Gerontological Society of America in 2005, Purpose Prize Fellow in 2012, Simon Benson Award for Philanthropy in 2016 and election as a gerontological fellow of the Gerontological Society in 2016. She is a trustee for two universities and sits on the boards of numerous other non-profit groups.

Lawrence Wallack, PhD Portland State University

Dr. Wallack's primary interest is in the role of framing and social values in shaping public health issues. He has published extensively on topics related to prevention, health promotion, communication, and community interventions. He recently took up "walking" and has covered thousands of miles- and found a certain inspiration.

Judy Rough- Certified Senior Advisors

With decades of experience in vital record and document organizing, Judy is passionate about helping everyone to get their “ducks in a row”. Her user‐friendly insightful approach to helping people to organize their life’s papers and plans has made her a sought after coach, workshop leader and speaker at national conferences. For 7 years Judy owned a record and document organizing firm in AZ, CA and CO, she currently is the Senior Director of Business Development and Strategy for theSociety of Certified Senior Advisors. Judy has held her CSA certification since 2011.

Takeo Ogawa, Founder, Active Aging Consortium, Asia Pacific

Emeritus Professor, Kyushu University & Yamaguchi University, Takeo is the author of many articles on the changing culture of aging in Japan and the USA, including the activation of social capital for aging in Asia Pacific.


Dr. Leng Leng Thang, Intergenerational Relations, Singapore , Japan

Dr. Teng teaches at the Department of Japanese Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, is Deputy Director Centre for Family and Population Research. She teaches  Japanese society and culture, as well as faculty modules relating to service learning, intergenerational relations and programs, and supervised a Capstone module on community engagements and co-taught a senior seminar titled "Asian Identities"

Dr. Nancy Emerson Lombardo , Brain & Health Wellness Center

Dr. Nancy B. Emerson Lombardo, PhD has worked for over 25 years in the fields of Alzheimer’s disease and services for older adults. She is a founder of both the national Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Disease International. She is also a member of the American Society on Aging and the Gerontological Society of America, and the International Academy of Nutrition and Aging. During the past decade she has developed lifestyle interventions for both treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, and to improve quality of life for older adults, including the Memory Preservation Nutrition program for helping people reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and to slow progression and improve the lives of those already living with Alzheimers’.

Jonathan Collie, Co-Founder The Age of No Retirement, London

Jonathan is a passionate, driven social entrepreneur. Jonathan began his career as a doctor in the NHS before moving into health IT via an MBA at University of Edinburgh. In 2014, Jonathan launched Trading Times – the online service that connects people over 50 with local employers for flexible, paid work. As a direct result of insights gained through the prototyping, piloting, developing and launching of Trading Times, Jonathan became committed to changing the narrative of Age, from one of dependence and decline, to one of exploration and optimism.

Marvin Formosa, Director United Nations Institute on Aging, Malta

Dr. Formosa received a Ph.D. in gerontology from the University of Bristol, and is currently Senior Lecturer & Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta. His key interests are critical gerontology, sociology of later life, social class dynamics, and educational gerontology. Dr. Formosa took part in  international research projects in  European Union’s funded studies on ‘Services for supporting family carers of elderly people’. He is a tutor for International Institute on Ageing in Thailand and Qatar, and holds the post of Chairperson of the National Commission for Active Ageing and Director of the International Institute on Ageing, United Nations – Malta