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[22 Sep 2015 | No Comment | 907 views]
THE NEW YEAR STARTS NOW

Labor Day has always felt like New Year’s Day to me. It’s the school calendar that continues to promise new possibilities. This year they include a new project, some especially interesting trips, and wonderful news from several of my writer friends.

I am going to Billings, Montana to give the keynote at the first Annual Exceptional Women Luncheon on September 17. I am especially delighted to be there because, in addition to the opportunity to celebrate terrific women, the event will be co-sponsored by the brand new Billings chapter of The Transition Network, an organization I have admired and supported since its earliest days.

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[10 Mar 2015 | No Comment | 928 views]
Reinventing the Workplace:<br />An Intergenerational Challenge

Suzanne Braun Levine
Encore.org

One of the most persistent and misguided assumptions about the relationship of younger and older workers is that they are adversaries – competing for the same jobs and incompatible in work habits. This presumption of intergenerational hostility ignores the productive synergy that happens when their skills and work styles mix and energy meets experience, technological fluency meets accumulated people skills, ambition meets not sweating the small stuff.

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[22 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 482 views]
Women’s Lib: Then and Now

Suzanne Braun Levine
NextAvenue.org

A Founding Feminist’s review of five issues that still need work

In 1972, when I joined Ms.magazine — the exciting and very controversial new “women’s lib” publication — I had just gotten my “MRS degree,” which was considered an honor, except that being married meant that I could not get a bank loan without my husband’s signature. Also, back then, I wasn’t allowed in most restaurants wearing pants; job listings were segregated under “help wanted – male” and “help wanted – female” and I had had an illegal abortion.

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[1 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 413 views]
Is Encore the New Women’s Movement?

Suzanne Braun Levine
Encore.org

Last week I spent an exhilarating evening exploring the Encore message with Marci Alboher and close to 200 people who had come to the New York Public Library to find out more about her book The Encore Career Handbook. In our presentation, Marci covered the nuts and bolts of how to envision and find work that matters to you in the second half of life, and I tried to connect the Encore Movement with the Women’s Movement – in which I have spent both halves of my working life.

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[10 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 20,749 views]
Celebrating Women’s History Month:<br /> The Stories We Tell

Back in 1972, when I signed on at Ms. magazine, our mission was to document the history women were making every day. Early detractors, like newsman Harry Reasoner, dismissed those efforts by pronouncing the material too sparse to sustain a magazine for more than a few issues. But Ms. kept on filling its pages. It became the place to find out about women athletes, women scientists and executives as well as the brave rebels who were speaking truth to power — women who went unremarked in the rest of the media.

Also unremarked were women whose accomplishments had been lost to history, because no matter how awe-inspiring a woman’s story would have been if she were a man, it was rarely deemed worth including in the record of human accomplishments; if it had been suggested back in the seventies, the phrase “women’s history” would have been considered an oxymoron.

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[11 Dec 2013 | No Comment | 29,964 views]
Excerpt: What Will It Take to<br /> Make a Woman President?

by Marianne Schnall,
Founder, Exec. Director
Feminist.com

Excerpted from What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?: Conversations About Women, Leadership, and Power by Marianne Schnall. Copyright © 2013. Excerpted with permission from Seal Press.

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[3 Dec 2013 | No Comment | 12,038 views]
Meet Barbara Young: Purpose Prize Winner  National Domestic Workers Alliance

Encore.org, second acts
for the greater good

When Barbara Young courageously transformed herself from immigrant nanny into passionate advocate, she launched an encore career with the power to change the lives of domestic workers across the United States.

In 2001, when Barbara Young signed up for a nanny training class in New York City, she didn’t realize how it would set her on the path for her encore career. She simply thought taking a certificate program could help her acquire extra skills, like CPR. She took pride in her work looking after a six-week-old baby round the clock, and was thirsty for knowledge. “I figured it would be really good for me,” Young says.

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[12 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 15,058 views]
Meet Ysabel Duron, 66, and the other  2013 Purpose Prize Winners

by Marc Freedman
Founder and CEO
Encore.org

It’s a great honor to unveil the stories of our seven inspirational Purpose Prize winners for 2013. These individuals come from all walks of life, but hold one thing in common: each is changing the world in what was once seen as the ‘leftover’ years. Through this important work they are simultaneously transforming perceptions about what is possible when the power of social innovation is joined with the unique value of experience. These winners are at the vanguard of a large and growing movement of individuals in their encore years helping to solve many of the toughest problems facing our nation and the world today.

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[22 Oct 2013 | No Comment | 19,706 views]
Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: <br />Be a Change Maker

Suzanne Braun Levine
AARP BLOG

There was a time when we couldn’t wait for things to change — for school to end and the summer to begin, to go away to college, to find a job, to find a better job, to find a partner, and perhaps find a better partner, to watch our kids grow up. But now we are just as likely to fear change, especially if we become preoccupied with the unpleasant ones that come with age.

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[10 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 14,396 views]
IS ENCORE THE NEW WOMEN’S MOVEMENT?

Suzanne Braun Levine
Encore.Org

Recently, I spent an exhilarating evening exploring the Encore message with Marci Alboher and close to 200 people who had come to the New York Public Library to find out more about her book The Encore Career Handbook. In our presentation, Marci covered the nuts and bolts of how to envision and find work that matters to you in the second half of life, and I tried to connect the Encore Movement with the Women’s Movement – in which I have spent both halves of my working life.