Jan Hively ~ Co-Founder, Pass it On Network: "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"

Ashton Applewhite is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.  In 2016, she joined PBS site Next Avenue’s annual list of 50 Influencers in Aging as their Influencer of the Year. Ashton has been recognized by the New York Times, National Public Radio and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She blogs at This Chair Rocks has written for Harper's, Playboy and the New York Times and is the voice of, "Yo is this Ageist?" Ashton speaks widely at venues that range from universities and community centers to the TED stage and the United Nations. Ashton is a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age.

Dr. Roger Landry, President at Masterpiece Living: "The Alchemy of Aging"

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: "Aging Literacy"

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™ "Actualizing Purpose & Careers in Retirement"

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 ~ President, U3A Online, Tasmania: "Lifelong Learning for All"

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: "Les Talents d'Alphonse: Matching Talent with Curious People"

 Two college engineering graduates traveled to developing countries, and decided to pivot away from building roads to creating a platform of intergenerational talent exchange. "Les Talents of Alphonse" is the collaborative project that connects people seeking authentic know-how with our Alphonse! Our passionate experts 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, DIY, restoration of antique furniture, or photography.

Nan Bosler, President, Australia Senior Computer Clubs Association: "Anyone can Become Computer Literate"

                                                                                                  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, mature market spokesperson, "Who's Going to Take Care of Me When I'm Old?"

Since 1989, Joy has been promoting the causes, concepts, and needs of an aging population. She is the author of the best seller, The Complete Eldercare Planner and Who Will Take Care Of Me When I’m Old? Joy works in business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) sectors including industry professionals, corporate America, associations, and government officials, as well as Boomer, GenX, and Millennial for-profit enterprises. Joy specializes in new-product development. She is consultant to mature-market advisors, health care providers, senior-housing administrators, product manufacturers, and other members of the fast-growing eldercare advisory industry.

Dana Steinova, EURAG Memory Training Center, Prague, Czech Rep.: “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, President U3A Reykjavik: “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: "How Corporations View 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.

Marvin Formosa, Director United Nations Institute on Aging, Malta: "A Watershed Moment in Global Aging"

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

Armoogum Parsuramen, President, Global Rainbow Foundation and U3A Mauritius: "The Power of Giving Back"

                                                                                            "Parsu" is the President of the Global Rainbow Foundation, The University of Third Age Mauritius and the Founder & President of Senior Citizen Solidarity (Mauritius) Foundation. He is also the Member of the Governing Board of Association Internationale des Universités du Troisième Age, and Chairman of International Tamil Diaspora Association.

Parsu joined the World Bank in 1997, as Education Policy Adviser and Coordinator, and  in 1998 he 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; serving as Secretary of the Executive Board and the General Conference. In 2009 he was appointed Director of UNESCO, New Delhi Office and Representative to Bhutan, India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka until June of 2011.

James Firman, ED, President and CEO NCOA, Washington DC “Aging Mastery: the Art & Science of Navigating Longer Lives”

                                                                                                     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.

Emi Kiyota, Founder Ibasho, Environmental Gerontologist: "Ibasho:  Community By and For Elders"

Emi Kiyota, Ph.D. an Environmental Gerontologist and organizational culture change specialist, currently serves as a consultant to implement person-centered care practice in long term care facilities. Having published journal articles and book chapters in Germany, Japan, Switzerland, and the United States, Emi has done pre-design programming for senior housing and addiction treatment centers in the United States and abroad.

In addition to making a vast array of contributions to national and international initiatives focused on quality improvement in the built environment for long-term care and aging services, Emi holds great concern for the needs of elders in the developing world. Over the past several years, Emi has dedicated her energies to developing ageing valued community projects in Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and the Ivory Coast. To this end, Emi has formed Ibasho, embodying the Japanese concept of “a place where one feels at home being one’s self” with a group of like-minded colleagues. Ibasho aims to create a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable communities that value their elders.

Cullen Hayashida, Elder Care Programs Advisor St. Francis Health Systems Hawaii: "Lifelong Learning Global Panel"

                                                                                              Cullen Hayashida, Ph.D. is the founder and former director of the Kupuna (Elder) Education Center at Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC), Hawaii‘s only gerontology center at the community college level. He presently serves as a program advisor to develop St. Francis Healthcare System’s conversion from an acute care hospital to an multi-purpose eldercare center known as the Kupuna Village. Within that context, he is developing a 3-year Active Aging initiative to increase community awareness via a television program, to create an road map for pre-retirees and active retirees with an Active Aging Information and Assistance Directory and by offering Transition into Purposeful Aging courses in 2017. Hayashida is also the Senior Advisor to Kupuna Monitoring Systems, one of Hawaii’s largest medical alert and home telehealth companies servicing over 1500 elders a day. Internationally, he has been an Founding Board member of Active Aging Consortium Asia Pacific since 2002.

Dr. Ana Krajnc, University of the 3rd Age, Slovenia: “Lifelong Learning Global Panel”

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, Professor, Odessa National Mechnikov University, Ukraine: “Understanding Elder Mental Health.”

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"Meaningful Travel to 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. She is an accredited Retirement coach, has led tours and assists individuals and groups to have a meaningful experience coming to South Africa for tourism, giving back and local connections.

Keren Brown-Wilson, President, Jamie F. Richardson Foundation:  "Responding to Global Aging in Resource Constrained Communities"

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: "Why I Walk: Replacing Urgency with Miles and Mindfulness"

Lawrence Wallack is currently Professor and Director, Center for Public Health Studies at Portland State and Distinguished Fellow of the Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at Oregon Health and Science University. He served for nine years (2004-13) as Dean, College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University. He is also Emeritus Professor of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. He was the founding director of the Prevention Research Center (1983-86), the first federally funded national alcohol research center with a primary emphasis on prevention. From 1986 to 1995 he was the principal investigator for the California site of the Community Intervention Trial to Reduce Smoking (COMMIT). This project funded by the National Cancer Institute was the largest randomized community trial ever developed for the prevention of smoking. In 1993 he was the founding director of the Berkeley Media Studies Group, an organization conducting research and training in the use of media to promote healthy public policies. Dr. Wallack is one of the primary architects of media advocacy -- an innovative approach to working with mass media to advance social and public health issues. He has published extensively and lectures frequently on the news media and public health policy issues.

Judy Rough, Director, Certified Senior Advisors: "Getting Your Ducks in a Row"

​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, Professor Kyushu University, Japan. Founder, Active Aging Consortium, Asia Pacific: "Active Aging in Asia and Beyond"

                                                                                                  Professor Takeo Ogawa holds the Bachelor of Social Sciences, Master of Literature (Sociology), and a Ph.D. (Literature). He is emeritus professor at the Kyushu University in the Fukuoka Prefecture and professor at the Kumamoto Gakuen University in the neighbouring Kumamoto Prefecture. Professor Ogawa is President of Asian Aging Business Center. He is the inspiration and founder of the ACAP, the Active Aging Consortium of Asia Pacific that he started more than 10 years ago. Not only does he continue to bring ACAP members together, he works relentlessly with Fukuoka City government to implement social policy for active aging.

Dr. Leng Leng Thang, Socio-cultural anthropologist,       Singapore: "Think Intergenerational! Developments on Intergenerational Approach in Singapore"

​​                                                                                       Associate Professor Leng Leng Tang is a socio-cultural anthropologist with research interests on ageing, inter-generational approaches and relationships, gender and family. She publishes widely in her areas of expertise with a focus on Asia, especially Japan and Singapore. Dr. Thang is also active in community services, currently serving on the board of Fei Yue Family Service Centre (chair), Fei Yue Community Services, Centre for Seniors and the council of the Gerontological Society Singapore. She is also a member of the Families for Life Council that promotes strong families. Dr. Thang advocates for the promotion of intergenerational approaches and is often consulted on intergenerational programs and relationship issues. Internationally, she is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (Taylor and Francis, USA) and vice chair of the International Consortium for Intergenerational Programs. Besides her base as head of the Department of Japanese Studies, she is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Family and Population Research and Honorary Fellow with the College of Alice and Peter Tan, National University of Singapore. She is also an active member of ACAP the Active Aging Consortium of Asia Pacific.

Dr. Nancy Emerson Lombardo, Pres. Brain Health & Wellness Center, Adj.  Professor of Neurology Boston University: "Brain Foods to Help Save Our Brain and Body"

                                                                                                Boston Univ. School of Medicine and President of the Brain & Health Wellness Center, "Brain Foods to Help Save Our Brains and Bodies". Dr. Nancy B. Emerson Lombardo, PhD has worked for over 35 years in the fields of Alzheimer’s disease and services for older adults. She is a co-founder of both the national Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Disease International. Currently she is CEO of the Brain Health and Wellness Center® and Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, Dept. of Neurology. During the past 2 decades 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: "The Age of No Retirement"

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.