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[3 Dec 2013 | No Comment | 32,011 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 | 33,344 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 | 35,930 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 | 15,439 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.

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[28 Mar 2013 | No Comment | 20,073 views]
The War Against Families: What Women,  Parents and Boomers Have in Common

By Suzanne Braun Levine
Huff/Post 50

In her widely debated new book Lean In, Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg called it “the ultimate chicken and egg situation.” She is talking about the endless back and forth about what is holding women back from Having It All, whether the system needs to change in order for women to get ahead or whether women need to get ahead to change the system.

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[28 Mar 2013 | No Comment | 20,143 views]
Mary Eileen Williams to Lead Take Action Workshop!

By Ann Voorhees Baker
Women at Woodstock 2013

So happy to be able to share this great news on my site! I love my radio programs with Eileen on “Feisty Side of Fifty” radio and am glad I will seeing her the West Coast (July 28-31,2013) and East Coast (October 6-9, 2013) Women at Woodstock retreats for women 50 (or so) & up — Suzanne Braun Levine

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[27 Feb 2013 | No Comment | 4,032 views]
A New Vision for Retirement: <br />Productive and Meaningful

Marc Freedman
Encore.org

As the great midlife migration of baby boomers gathers momentum and scale, long-predicted revolutions in longevity and demography are unfolding in front of us. By 2015 we’ll have more Americans over 60 than under 15 — and that’s just the beginning. Demographers are predicting that more than half the children born in the developed world since 2000 will live to 100.

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[25 Feb 2013 | No Comment | 3,169 views]
At the Frontlines of the Women’s Movement

Suzanne Braun Levine
Next Avenue

The first editor of Ms. magazine shares her war stories, timed to PBS’ important new documentary on feminism, ‘Makers’

Life was a lot different when I was a young woman in the early ’60s. If I was looking for a job, it was in the “Help Wanted/Female” pages. If I needed a bank loan, I had to get my husband’s signature. “MS” stood for multiple sclerosis. And women wearing pants were routinely turned away from restaurants and clubs.

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[6 Feb 2013 | No Comment | 2,818 views]
STRIKE, DANCE! Eve Ensler’s <br />One Billion Rising/ Feb. 14. 2013

Marianne Schnall
Women’s Media Center

On February 14, V-Day’s Eve Ensler calls on “one billion women and those who love them” to rise up to confront violence against women.

I was in the room 15 years ago, when activist and playwright Eve Ensler announced her intention to use proceeds from her award winning play “The Vagina Monologues” as a vehicle to raise funds and awareness to stop violence against women. That night, V-Day, the global initiative to end violence against women and girls, was born.

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[20 Dec 2012 | No Comment | 2,965 views]
A Manual for Encore Careers

by Richard Eisenberg
NextAvenue.org

“The new ‘Encore Career Handbook’ is a terrific guide that shows you how to make a difference while making a living. If anyone can figure out how to overcome obstacles at the start of your second act, I think it’s Marci Alboher,” says Richard Eisenberg from PBS’ Next Avenue.”