Nancy Collamer is an author, speaker and recognized expert on semi-retirement. She writes a monthly blog for the PBS site NextAvenue.org (and Forbes.com) and is the author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement (Ten Speed Press, 2013).
Nancy is an engaging speaker who has presented at corporations, associations and numerous universities. Her talks focus on retirement, second-act careers and reinvention.
She holds an MS in career development from the College of New Rochelle and a BA in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also certified as a retirement coach.
Nancy’s advice has been featured in numerous media outlets, including NBC Nightly News; the New York Times; CNN; the Wall Street Journal; Redbook; Ladies’ Home Journal; Marketwatch; and Fortune.
And on a more personal note … Nancy and her husband Joel live in Old Greenwich, CT and are the proud parents of two delightful adult daughters. In her spare time, Nancy loves taking long walks, going to craft shows and watching college basketball.
Vicki Thomas won a $100,000 Purpose Prize in 2013 from Encore.org. Nearing retirement she pursued her purpose using her expertise to help two veteran nonprofits get on the map by placing national and local media stories about veterans needing housing solutions.
Vicki always pursued her passion and purpose in life -- she is now helping individuals develop their passion to help them develop their purpose.
Today many individuals are searching for purpose -- Vicki and colleague Joyce Cohen are helping others find their purpose by coordinating conferences, workshops, on site corporate sessions and one-to-one meetings.
Vicki helped Purple Heart Homes based in Statesville, NC and Homes for Our Troops based in Taunton, MA become visible by getting stories about veterans they were helping placed in national and local news outlets. She also helped create national programs, and brought in sponsors.
Her working career was with the ABC Television Network in New York City developing information about TV show performance using audience ratings to identify demographic advantages and positioning opportunities over competing broadcast networks and cable entities.
She was also a marketing executive with the leading national trade association for the nations credit unions (Credit Union National Association) to help increase interest and awareness in credit union membership.
Vicki produced, packaged, financed and marketed the Dancin' Grannies exercise videos and promoted the unknown group to national critical acclaim.
Vicki remains an excellent writer and speaker on the ramifications and opportunities an aging society has on business growth and the business bottom line. She also writes and speaks about what is missing in the work place that has so many employees searching for greater job satisfaction.
Vicki has no desire to ever fully retire or sail off into the sunset.
Dr. Susan Lovelle is a Holistic Lifestyle MD and the Founder and CEO of Premiere Wellness. A former award-winning plastic surgeon, she and her team now specialize in supporting others to heal from the inside out through individual, group, and corporate programs and retreats. Her customized wellness solutions for busy, over-extended women and men who are merely surviving on caffeine and willpower allow them to have the energy, power and balance they need to make the impact they want in the world.
Although she spent 17 years as a professional ballet dancer, she knew at the age of six that she would be a physician because, even then, she wanted to help everyone around her feel better. After medical school and General Surgery training at Columbia-Presbyterian in NYC, she specialized in plastic surgery for over 20 years, helping thousands of patients achieve their outward aesthetic and reconstructive goals. When personal health challenges compelled her to take a more holistic approach for herself, Dr. Susan understood it was time to begin sharing this knowledge with others. Eventually, she knew she would be more fulfilled by supporting others to discover their own unique paths to optimal health.
Now, whether it’s to lose 20+ pounds, gain more energy and focus, or even just sleep through the night, Dr. Susan and the Premiere Wellness team will help you discover your one, signature way of living so that you can experience the healthy, long, and joyful life you want and deserve.
EMILIYA ZHIVOTOVSKAYA, MAPP, MCEmiliya is the CEO and founder of The Flourishing Center, a New York City based, Benefit Corporation (B-Corp) that is dedicated to increasing the flourishing of individuals, organizations and communities worldwide.She is the creator of the acclaimed Certification in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) program, currently offered in 12 cities across the U.S., Canada and online worldwide, which has trained over 950 practitioners to date.
She is the creator the Bounce Back Better® (B³®) Program, Positive Psychology Coaching Certification (CST), Flourishing Skills Group® (FSG®) Program, iMMi Program, co-founder of the Positive Educator Certification™ (PEC) Program, creator of the PERMA-V Model and the 5i Change Agent Model. (If you haven’t noticed, she likes creating and is an “inventor” in our 5i Change Agent Model.)
Emiliya holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Positive Psychology and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine from Saybrook University, where she is also an adjunct faculty member. Emiliya holds a Master Certified Coach (MCC™) credential with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), as well as over a dozen certifications in modalities ranging from coaching to yoga, Reiki, intenSati, Thai massage, biofeedback, motivational interviewing and more.
Prior to her work in the science of wellbeing, Emiliya was a professional party entertainer for over 12 years. She brings her entertaining background to her work today as a “pra-cademic-prenuer”; first and foremost she is a practitioner working in the field with individuals and organizations, then a researcher and academic, and an entrepreneur, focusing not just on the growth of The Flourishing Center, but is passionate about the craft of entrepreneurism and helping others grow their work. She integrates these tools into a unique approach to vitality and mind-body health, inspiring and empowering others to craft a life of thriving mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially.
With 50 years of clinical experience, Dr. Dorian (aka Dori) Mintzer is an experienced therapist; retirement transition, money, relationship, and executive coach; consultant; speaker; and writer. She works with individuals and couples in person in Boston and Brookline, MA, and via the phone or Internet. She has been weaving adult development, holistic life planning and positive psychology into programs that tap and shape clients’ energies into roadmaps for wiser, more enhanced living.
She hosts the popular monthly Revolutionize your Retirement Interview with Expert’s Series on the 4th Tuesday ofeach month, open to professionals and the public. She provides presentations and facilitates workshopsfor professional and community groups.Dorian is co-author of the award winning book, The Couples Retirement Puzzle: The 10 Must-HaveConversations for Creating an Amazing New Life Together, co-producer of The Career Playbook: SecondHalf Plays and has contributed to a number of other books such as Live Smart After 50!, Not your Mother’s Retirement, 65 Things to do when you Retire, 70 Things to do When you Turn 70, 80 Things To Do When you Turn 80, Out of The Box Retirement: Role Models and New Possibilities and Right SourcingRetirement: Best Practices for Employers and Employees. She has been featured in a variety of mediasuch as the NY Times, WSJ, USA Today, CNN Money, Forbes, Next Avenue, The Financial Times, NPR,ABC Evening News and the Today Show and has given a Ted X talk focused on “Embracing your Bonus Years: A Time to Learn, Grow and Evolve.” Learn more about Dorian at her web site: www.revolutionizeretirement.com. Contact her at email@example.com.
Barbara Greenspan Shaiman, throughouther career as educator, businesswoman,and social entrepreneur, used her skills to empower others to find meaning andpurpose in their lives and create socialchange, regardless of age. She began hercareer as a teacher, developed curriculumfor at-risk youth, directed an executivesearch firm that specialized in recruitingphysicians and healthcare executives. She presented frequently at conferences, ledworkshops, served on numerous boards,and speaks five languages.
Barbara's devotion to meaning andpurpose is rooted in her family.She is the daughter of Holocaust survivors. Her mother was incarcerated in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp and is the sole survivor of a 65 person family. Her fatherworked for Oskar Schindler, on whose story Schindler's Listwas based. This familylegacy motivated Barbara to help others to live their legacies by giving back to theircommunities. Over the past 20 years, Barbara created programs that have inspiredand empowered youth with skills to create cultures of caring within their schoolsand communities.In 1995, she founded Champions of Caring, www.championsofcaring.org, a non-profit organization that has supported over 15,000 youth in Philadelphia and SouthAfrica to become leaders in public service and active, engaged citizens.In 2018, after the untimely death of her son, Dan, she took on his cause and createdDan's Champions, a project focusing on the needs of immigrant youth at inner cityPhiladelphia high schools. She is bringing together community partners to provide legal, psychological, medical, nutritional, cultural and educational enrichment and support.Barbara launched the Philadelphia Chapter of Life Planning Network (LPN)www.lifeplanningnetwork.org which provides community awareness and lifeplanning curriculum to shift attitudes about ageism and the value of experience and wisdom. The LPN group created a course entitled "Mastering the Art of Senior
Joyce co-authored a chapter of The Talent Management Handbook, contributed to several career development books, blogged for CT Post, published a career trend newsletter, and wrote numerous articles for trade journals and newspapers. She founded Unconventional Wisdom® LLC, focused on discovering what's next, designed and leads DIving in to Living...My Way workshops. She is updating eight life planning guides that she wrote into one volume, focusing on finding purpose at mid-life www.u-wisdom.com
Meghan gilroyDenise Jacobs is a Speaker + Author + Creativity Evangelist who speaks at conferences and consults with companies worldwide. As the Founder + CEO of The Creative Dose, keynote speaker, and trainer, she helps individuals in companies unleash their creativity through banishing their inner critic and hacking their creative brains. Through research-backed data, vivid storytelling, and experiential exercises, Denise’s keynotes and trainings give A Creative Dose™ – an injection of inspiration and immediately applicable tools to help people do their best work. Through working with Denise, people become engaged contributors, synergistic collaborators, and authentic leaders.
Denise has presented at events and organizations worldwide such as Google, Facebook, Automattic, GitHub, FastWeb.It, the BBC, South By Southwest Interactive, The Agile Alliance, NDC Oslo, UX Week, The Society for Technical Communications, various chapters of The American Marketing Association, Creative Mornings, The Future of Storytelling, The Future of Web Design, Inbound, and TEDxRheinMain.
Denise is the author of Banish Your Inner Critic, the premier handbook on silencing fears to unleash creativity. A Web Design & Development industry veteran, Denise is also the author of The CSS Detective Guide, the principal book on troubleshooting CSS code, and is co-author to the Smashing Book #3: Redesign the Web, as well as the book InterAct with Web Standards: A holistic guide to web design.
Denise is the Head Instigator of The Creativity (R)Evolution, a movement to spread the force of creativity around the world as a vehicle for positive change, and is also the founder of Rawk The Web, a movement focused on changing the face of the tech industry by increasing the numbers of visible diverse tech experts.
Kearse was born in Tucson, Arizona and grew up in Northern California. She holds a B.A. in Genetics from the University of California at Berkeley, a Ph.D. in Biology from New York University, and an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Before retiring and moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, Bettye practiced pediatrics in an inner-city Boston neighborhood for 31 years. Among her most rewarding experiences were her travels to China on behalf an international adoption agency, and service on the board of directors of a community-based organization for grandparents and the grandchildren they are raising.
In 1990, she became the family's griotte when her mother brought the box of family memorabilia to her. Bettye asked, "Why now?" The answer was: "I wanted to give you plenty of time to write the book."
In recounting the struggles, perseverance, and contributions of ten generations of Bettye Kearse's family, THE OTHER MADISONS: THE LOST HISTORY OF A PRESIDENT'S BLACK FAMILY, is an intimate work of narrative nonfiction that discovers, discloses, and embraces a more inclusive and complete American story.
Her commentary, "Our Family Tree Searches for Branches" appeared in the BOSTON HERALD. "Destination Jim Crow," a personal essay published in the fall 2013 issue of RIVER TEETH, was listed among the notable essays in the BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2014, and nominated for the 2015 Pushcart Prize. Another personal narrative, "Mammy Warriors" is included in the anthology BLACK LIVES HAVE ALWAYS MATTERED (2Leaf Press, 2017). Her essay, “I Feared My Enslaved Ancestors Had Been Dishonored in Death,” appeared in TIME Magazine.
Marianne Oehser is a seasoned retirement expert who focuses on assisting people to build happy, fulfilling lives in the “post-career” phase of their lives through her workshops, seminars, public speaking, and individual coaching. She also helps singles and couples build and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships – after all, having solid relationships is central to creating a happy, fulfilling life.
Her recently released book, Your Happiness Portfolio® for Retirement; It’s Not About the Money is about how to flourish in retirement.
Although you definitely need enough money to afford to retire, this book is not about the money. It is about flourishing in the non-financial parts of your life.
Marianne has retired twice after spending over 40 years in the corporate world. She holds a Masters of Management from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management in Chicago. She received her coaching training and certifications from Retirement Options and Relationship Coaching Institute. She is a Distinguished Toastmaster.
Helen MacMillan, author, speaker and life coach, is a ‘Modern-day Emancipator’ who supports successful,
multicultural individuals in doing the inner work of deprogramming their minds and healing their hearts,
so that they are free to powerfully and authentically create and live their most joyful, successful and abundant life.
Anne Gordon de Barrigón created her Whale and Dolphin Wisdom Retreats to share her love of the dolphins, whales, the ocean and nature with others. She has developed a close, personal spiritual relationship with the dolphins and whales and feels they are her true soul family. The Humpback whales she spends so much time with have given her a new White Humpback whale calf light body and the whales call her "Walking Whale".
Anne has been living in Panama since 2004 and is married to a man from a local indigenous tribe, called the Emberá, who still live in traditional villages deep in the rain forest of Panama.
Anne feels the Emberá community is much like a human dolphin pod as for the Emberá, family and community are the highest priority and work is the last. She feels the Emberá have the quality of life the rest of the world is searching for. When she is not out on the water with her whale and dolphin family, she leads tours to her husband's village to share the open-hearted Emberá culture with others.
Anne has been running her successful Whale and Dolphin Wisdom Retreats internationally since 2007. She shares the wisdom of the dolphins and whales through transformational retreats to spend time with and deepen your spiritual connection with the natural world.
She is a Retreat Success Coach who loves to share her comprehensive knowledge and experience of leading lucrative retreats in the last 13 years with coaches, healers and transformational leaders. She is dedicated to empowering you to easily create, fill and lead the transformational retreats that you have been dreaming of.
Latchman; affectionately called Lilly is the owner and founder of Keize Nutrition Keys, LLC, a nutrition consulting company that services individuals with chronic diseases and those who want to learn about living healthier lives. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, a Diabetes Care Education Specialist, and also a Certified Obesity and Weight Management Specialist.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Diabetes Education and Management from Teachers College Columbia University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of New Haven, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communication from Southern CT State University.
Lilly is passionate about helping people with learning about healthy eating and counsel on not eliminating food preferences but modify them to suit their health and dietary needs.
She currently works as a Diabetes Nutrition Educator at Norwalk Hospital. Prior to that, she worked at the Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital and Montefiore Family Health and Wellness Center for 8+ years as a Clinical Dietitian. She is a contributor to the magazine Home Health Care Now as a diabetes expert, the articles are African American Spirituality and Diabetes Self-Care and Goal Setting in Diabetes.
Lilly believes in giving back to her community. She provides numerous presentations on nutrition and health at the Girls and Boys Club in Mount Vernon New York, Norwalk NAACP, Norwalk Community Health Clinic, and Norwalk Senior Center.
She serves as the assistant health director and nutrition consultant at Miracle Temple and a board member of Sweet Mother a non-profit organization whose mission is to produce positive change and uplift the lives of disadvantaged girls globally and locally.
Joyce Cohen is a career development/mid-life transition specialist. She helps people discover purpose and future direction as a facilitator, life coach, speaker, outplacement counselor, educator, author and consultant.
As national Co-President, The Life Planning Network (LPN)
www.lifeplanningnetwork.org., Joyce designed Paired2Learn (P2L), a Mentor program linking inter-generational learning partners to ease transitions. She is integrally involved with LPN, a national association for life planning professionals.
She serves as liaison for the Virtual LPN chapter embracing members from across the country where no local chapter exists, and contributes to multiple internal projects.Joyce facilitated career development, outplacement, mid-life transition, retention/engagement, and life planning programs in more than 365 companies, organizations, associations, colleges/universities, public/private schools, government agencies, non-profits worldwide, helping participants find new purpose at work or emerging interests.As Director of Veteran Relations, Purple Heart Homes, she created Boots to Backyards®, a mentor program helping Veterans find new purpose and prepared Military Spouse Fellows as facilitators. Joyce taught job search techniques for Veterans at Entrepreneurial Boot Camp, University of CT and served as adjunct faculty at Keuka College, teaching mid-life transition through online education.Joyce co-authored a chapter of The Talent Management Handbook, contributed to several career development books, blogged for CT Post, published a career trend newsletter, and wrote numerous articles for trade journals and newspapers. She founded Unconventional Wisdom® LLC, focused on discovering what's next, designed and leads DIving in to Living...My Way workshops. She is updating eight life planning guides that she wrote into one volume, focusing on finding purpose at mid-life www.u-wisdom.comFor 16 years, she served as Trustee at Keuka College in upstate New York, now Trustee Emerita, where she chaired various committees and was awarded the Eleanor Judd Wilkes Service Award. As volunteer with The Schegg Group, a CTFulfilling Second Half of Life” and comprehensive coaching programs to individuals and couples in person and over the phone, as well as groups and workshops and is available for keynotes, seminars and break-out sessions
Karen's professional persona is transformational leadership & retreat coach, teacher, mentor and social media marketing specialist. She is dedicated to empowering leaders and teams in corporate, small business, nonprofit and entrepreneurial environments to that place of clarity, confidence, sense of purpose, and joy. Her passions are transformational leadership and conscious entrepreneurship.
She brings a powerful blend of personal development, spiritual enlightenment and over two decades of corporate experience to her coaching. From domestic banking on Wall Street, to corporate marketing and communications in a Fortune 400 company, and nonprofit management.Her multicultural heritage and avid quest for spiritual knowledge have provided a unique and powerful ability to motivate a diverse audience and address life and business issues in a holistic manner.Karen holds a BA in psychology from Vassar College. She studied accounting at New York University. She is a professionally certified coach with the International Coach Federation, Board Certified Coach with the Center for Credentialing and Education, and a Master Retreat Coach.
Dr. Linda D. Anderson is a clinical psychologist, professor, and therapist. Having a long history of inspiring success in others, Dr. Anderson currently teaches, consults and empowers in a manner embraced by a diverse range of individuals and organizations. She is a Professor at Hostos Community College, City University of New York and a consulting psychologist at The Dalton School. Driven to achieve results with flexibility and a cooperative spirit, she possesses a unique ability to engage, and inspire others. Her research investigating women’s perceptions of power and their vulnerability to coerced sexual experiences has led her to teach, write, and counsel others from a perspective of critical compassion and empowerment.
Dr. Anderson graduated from Boston University with a double major in Spanish Language/Literature and Psychology; and earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University. She has served as staff psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center and has taught at Teachers College, Columbia University and Bard College at Simons Rock. She writes about topics that explore the psychology of success and cultural diversity, silent agreements at the workplace, challenges facing women and work-life balance. She has appeared in popular media and television outlets.
Most recently she co authored Silent Agreements How to Free Your Relationships of Unspoken Expectations currently available in bookstores and on Audible.
Gilroy mentors soul-led entrepreneurs, coaches and healers to amplify your inner light, sync up with your soul and nurture a life & business that uniquely reflect YOU. Her soul’s calling is to gather a tribe of fully shining woman leading our world to support each other to be of deep service to the planet.
As a sought-after business mentor, spiritual teacher and a powerful shamanic healer, she delights in combining her intuitive, spiritually minded talents and hardcore business knowhow from building multiple 7-figure businesses.
She helps her clients identify how you can share your unique gifts, express your authentic message and “get out there” in a way that feels right, makes money and makes a difference.
You can connect with Meghan through www.meghangilroy.com or join her tribe at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/fullyshiningwomen/. If you would like her powerful Set Your Intentions Guided Meditation to tap into how you want to FEEL given your energy level and then know exactly what to FOCUS on in your life or business, visit http://bit.ly/intentionsmeditation.