Baby Boomers Taking New Highways: Encore Connect

Posted On 02/18/2016 by St. Pete Chamber


by Encore Tampa Bay

Baby Boomers Aren’t Headed to the Exits. They Are Taking New Highways. Encore Connect Event Will Help in Creating New Roadmap.

Many Tampa Bay experienced workers, as they enter mid-life, are struggling with landing a job, finding the right resources for retooling, looking at starting a business, full time versus part time work, and figuring out the best way to connect to non-profits for volunteerism or paid jobs.

To address this need, Encore Tampa Bay is hosting Encore Connect: Your Roadmap to What’s Next, an event to explore the ways people 50+ can redefine retirement, find new purpose and do meaningful work that enriches their lives and strengthens their communities.

Encore Connect is set for Wednesday, March 16, 4- 7 p.m. at USF St. Petersburg and will provide boomers with an opportunity to learn from national leaders and connect to local resources for education, entrepreneurship, volunteering, job searches and transitioning to their individualized “encore.”

The Encore Connect event will feature keynote speaker Kerry Hannon, a nationally recognized expert on career transitions and retirement. Hannon is the author of numerous books and a frequent television and radio commentator. Her tenth book, Getting the Job You Want After 50 For Dummies, was published in 2015 and hit #1 on Amazon for mid-life career management. Hannon will discuss how the world of work is changing and how people over 50 are making a living and making a difference in their second half of life.

An expo will follow Hannon’s presentation and showcase numerous resources available in the Tampa Bay area. Attendees will be able to connect to local experts, coaches, businesses and non-profits and benefit from one-on-one conversations on potential next steps. The expo will offer the “take action” guidance needed so boomers will leave with an individualized plan.

“We’ve been raised to think that our lives have three chapters: growing up and getting an education; working and raising families; and retiring to live out our golden years”, Bevan Rogel (founder of Encore Tampa Bay ) said. “Now those so-called golden years can go on for decades. Today, many boomers are trying to figure out how to leverage their skills and strengths in new ways that meet their needs. There really isn’t a roadmap for this, so our goal is to work together to create one.”

To learn more about Encore Connect and to register, visit Registration is $40 ($50 after Feb. 26).