by Wilma Norton in Foundation News
National expert on redefining retirement for the public good to offer advice to Tampa Bay business, civic leaders on becoming an encore community
WHAT: Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org, who has been described by the Wall Street Journal as "a leading voice in discussions nationwide about the changing face of retirement," will talk with a select group of community, business and nonprofit leaders about how the Tampa Bay area can capitalize on the talents of our 50+ population to strengthen our organizations, our community and our economy.
WHEN: 8 a.m. February 24
Feather Sound Country Club
2201 Feather Sound Drive
WHO: The business, nonprofit and community leaders include representatives of Florida Blue, Raymond James, AARP Florida, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Florida Hospital, Brighthouse, Baycare, Checkers, Eckerd College, Hillsborough Community College, United Way, the Urban League, the Nonprofit Leadership Center and The Centre for Women.
Freedman will be available for interviews after the breakfast and discussion.
TAMPA, FL – Feb. 19, 2015 — There are more than 500,000 residents in the Tampa Bay area over the age of 50, and many of them aren't ready for a retirement of leisure. They want to start businesses, find new careers, pursue their passions in new ways.
They want a meaningful "encore."
Marc Freedman, founder of the Encore movement and a leading global expert on redefining retirement for the public good, will visit the area on February 24 to help a select group of business, nonprofit and community leaders understand how Baby Boomers can strengthen the area's economy and social fabric.
He will talk about what makes encore seekers different than others in the workforce and why it is important for Tampa Bay businesses and nonprofits to embrace those in the encore years. His visit will bolster the efforts of Encore Tampa Bay.
Across the country, Encore has sparked a growing movement to tap the talent and experience of people past midlife as a human resource for solving our most vexing social problems.
Some key facts about the encore generation's potential:
• In 2013, 70% of those over 50 reported a desire to work well into their 60s and 70s, and a 2014 AARP study found that 30% of them favor jobs that give back to the community.
• 50% of startups have a boomer as part of their management or investment team.
• Nationwide, according to a Kaufman Foundation study, almost half of all entrepreneurs are over 45. One in 5 is over 55, and the number is growing.
Despite those facts, there has been little coordinated effort from business and government agencies to capitalize on this group's expertise and potential. Encore Tampa Bay is working locally to nurture and recruit this generation — develop the tools, programs, resources and networks they need to flourish.
"Today, many boomers are trying to figure out how to leverage their skills and strengths in new ways that meet their needs at this stage of their lives," said Bevan Rogel, founder and president of Encore Tampa Bay. "Encore is about entrepreneurship and a potential solution to our region's workforce issues as we try to attract and maintain enough talented workers to meet the region's expanding economy."
"Tampa Bay has the potential to become a regional model for maximizing the talents of our 50+ population, attracting more motivated encore entrepreneurs, and showing people of all generations how they can make meaningful contributions to their community," said Marlene Spalten, CEO of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, which is sponsoring Freedman's visit along with AARP Florida. "This will increase our desirability as a relocation destination, enhance our economic competitiveness and strengthen our social fabric."
About Marc Freedman
Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org, is an award-winning social innovator, thought leader and author – one of the nation's leading experts on the longevity revolution and the transformation of retirement.
A Visiting Scholar at Stanford University during 2014-15 and formerly a Visiting Fellow at King's College, University of London, Freedman is a member of the Wall Street Journal's "Experts" panel and a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and other outlets. He is the author of four books, including most recently, "The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife." His numerous accolades include recognition as a 2014 Social Entrepreneur of the Year from the World Economic Forum and the Schwab Foundation, the 2010 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and an Ashoka Senior Fellowship.
Originator of the Encore career idea, Freedman played a central role in establishing Experience Corps – now AARP Experience Corps – mobilizing thousands of individuals over 50 to improve the school performance and prospects of low-income elementary school students in 22 U.S. cities. He also spearheaded the creation of the Purpose Prize, an annual $100,000 prize for social entrepreneurs in the second half of life, and the Encore Fellows program, a one-year fellowship helping individuals translate their midlife skills into second acts focused on social impact.
About Encore Tampa Bay
Encore Tampa Bay creates pathways, programs and resources that help individuals discover, retool and connect to their encore and to grow the talent pipeline. The organization also finds the innovative programs, partners, resources and approaches that will connect the talent to the needs of our community and collaborates with engaged community leaders to build an encore community model.
Encore Tampa Bay is dedicated to engage leaders and organizations in creating a vision for an Encore Tampa Bay that benefits the individuals and the community at large. Learn more at www.encoretampabay.com.