Why the Arts Matter: From Expression to Learning to Impact with Fred Mandell

The world has changed dramatically over the past year and a half. For Fred Mandell, this is only the beginning of constant, dramatic, and unpredictable changes.

Fred will share his journey from using the creative process of the arts as a model for navigating life transitions (Becoming a Life Change Artist) to his deep exploration of how the arts can prepare us to thrive in our new, rapidly changing world.

In this program you’ll discover:

  • The implications of living in a constant state of change
  • How the arts can serve as a deep and practical learning process
  • The theory and science behind arts-based experiential learning
  • How Creating Futures That Work is pioneering arts-based experiential learning to help individuals, leaders, and teams navigate the new state of unending change

You will walk away with an understanding of how integrating the arts into leadership development, innovative thinking, and collaborative team dynamics can change both you and the world.

Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 AM Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 AM Central, and 6 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: Why the Arts Matter: From Expression to Learning to Impact

Speaker: Fred Mandell, serial entrepreneur, author, artist, consultant, and speaker

About Fred Mandell

Fred Mandell is a founder and principal with Creating Futures That Work, a consultancy that draws on the precision and focus of science and the insights and skills of the arts to elevate leader effectiveness in the areas of collaboration, innovation, organizational culture, and professional development.

Prior to establishing CFTW with Harvey Seifter, Fred served as a senior executive with American Express where he built leading marketing and sales businesses and ran a multi-billion dollar investment company. During his tenure, he introduced new business models for the practice of fee-based financial planning into a large financial services institution.

In 2014 Fred launched The Global Institute for the Arts and Leadership, a not-for-profit entity, whose mission is to build a more peaceful, sustainable, and beautiful world by using the arts to catalyze social change. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board.

Fred is the author of Can Art Save Us? and the co-author with Kathleen Jordan of Becoming a Life Change Artist; 7 Creative Skills to Reinvent Your Life at Any Stage. He has been teaching the number one rated leadership series at MIT Sloan School of Management called The Leader as Artist since 2013. The Leader as Artist series is unique in the way it demonstrates the application of the art-making process to innovative leadership and organizational vitality.

As an artist, Fred has been featured in the national publication Gallery Guide. Most recently his bronze self-portrait has been commissioned for the international conference on “The Self/Le Soi” co-sponsored by the University of Chicago and the Sorbonne.

Fred holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and an Ed.M. in psychology from Boston University. He has three grown children, six grandchildren, and lives in Lynnfield, Massachusetts with his wife Karen, a writer and teacher.

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Getting Good at Getting Older with Rabbi Laura Geller

The baby boomer generation transformed society in the 60s and 70s and changed the way the world saw young people. While this generation is no longer young, it is still revolutionary and is now confronting and challenging assumptions about aging by living longer, by being more active than their parents and grandparents, and by simply doing things differently as they age. In the process, boomers are changing the way the world sees older people.

In this program, Rabbi Geller will provide a tour for all those of “a certain age” through the resources and skills needed to navigate the years between maturity (building careers/raising families) and frail old age with humor, warmth, and more than 4,000 years of Jewish experience to the question of how to shape this new stage of life.

Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 AM Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 AM Central, and 6 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: Getting Good at Getting Older

Speaker: Rabbi Laura Geller, an innovator, social activist, author, the fourth woman ordained as a rabbi in the US, and Rabbi Emerita at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, CA.

About Rabbie Laura Geller

Rabbi Laura Geller, Rabbi Emerita of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, twice named one of Newsweek’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America, was named by PBS Next Avenue as one of the fifty 2017 Influencers in Aging.

Prior to becoming one of the first women to be selected through a national search to lead a major metropolitan synagogue, Rabbi Geller served as the Director of Hillel of University of Southern California for 14 years and as the Pacific Southwest Region’s Executive Director of the American Jewish Congress for 4 years. She was featured in the PBS documentary Jewish Americans. Author of numerous articles in books and journals, including Getting Good at Getting Older, she was on the editorial board of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary. She serves as a Fellow of the Corporation of Brown University from where she graduated in 1971. In addition, she serves on the boards of Encore.org and the Jewish Women’s Archives. Ordained by Hebrew Union College in 1976, she is the third woman in the Reform Movement to become a rabbi.

She loves being step-parent to Andy Siegel and Ruth Siegel, parent to Joshua (Janelle) Goldstein and Elana Goldstein (Zach Rausnitz), and grandparent to Avery and Levi Goldstein.

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Navigating the New World of Work with Kerry Hannon

When the coronavirus pandemic upended the US economy, many older workers lost their jobs and saw their retirement accounts take a hit. Those who remain employed are grappling with a new way of working: remotely from home, sometimes in isolation, facing daunting technological and social challenges. Work and Jobs expert Kerry Hannon will talk about the way the pandemic has transformed the workplace for workers over 50 and how to find work you love that also has impact.

In this program, you’ll discover how to:

  • Navigate this new normal
  • Become empowered to take control of your professional and economic future with hope, confidence, and optimism
  • Succeed in the workplace and prepare for a financially secure retirement.

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 AM Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 AM Central, and 6 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: Navigating the New World of Work

Speaker: Kerry Hannon, a leading authority and strategist on career transitions, entrepreneurship, and personal finance and retirement as well as a best-selling and award-winning author of 14 books

About Kerry Hannon

Kerry Hannon is a leading authority and strategist on work and jobs, career transitions, entrepreneurship, leadership, personal finance, and retirement. She is a frequent TV and radio commentator and is a sought-after keynote speaker at conferences.

Kerry is the best-selling and award-winning author of 14 books, including her latest, Great Pajama Jobs: Your Complete Guide to Working From Home, and her upcoming book, In Control at 50+: How to Succeed in the New World of Work, scheduled for release in November 2021.

She has covered all aspects of careers, business, and personal finance as a columnist, editor, and writer for the nation’s leading media companies and has appeared as a career and financial expert on national news programs.

In addition to practical advice for mid-life workers seeking to land jobs, find financial and personal rewards, and ride the age wave of longevity with grace, a key passion for Kerry is helping and advising women on how to take charge of their own financial planning, at all stages of their lives, to prepare themselves for a financially secure future.

Kerry lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, documentary producer and editor Cliff Hackel, and her Labrador Retriever, Zena.

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Game Changers in Aging with Helen Dennis

We are living and experiencing a convergence of changes that are influencing attitudes, opportunities, and experiences that place aging front and center in our society. Please join us for a lively discussion on the roles of longevity, technology, the pandemic, employment, community, and more – and how they are affecting us personally and professionally.

In this program, you’ll discover:

  • The biggest challenges and opportunities with aging
  • How to be an influencer in your domain
  • Top priorities in the field of aging

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 AM Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 AM Central, and 6 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: Game Changers in Aging

Speaker: Helen Dennis, one of the Next Avenue’s Influencers in Aging and is among the Top 50 advocates, researchers thought leaders, innovators, writers, and experts in the field of aging

About Helen Dennis

Helen Dennis is a nationally recognized leader on issues of aging and the new retirement with academic, corporate, and nonprofit experience. She has received awards for her university teaching at USC’s Davis School of Gerontology and for her contributions to the field of aging, the community, and literary arts. Editor of two books, author of over 100 articles, frequent speaker, and weekly syndicated columnist on Successful Aging for the Southern California News Group reaching 1.6 million readers (and publishing 950 columns), she has assisted over 20,000 employees to prepare for the non-economic aspects of their retirement. She is co-author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model for Career Women, and has been recognized by PBS Next Avenue as one of the 50 influencers in aging.

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Life is in the Transitions with Bruce Feiler

Bruce Feiler has long explored the stories that give our lives meaning. Galvanized by a personal crisis, he spent the last few years crisscrossing the country, collecting hundreds of life stories of Americans in all 50 states who’d been through major life changes—from losing jobs to losing loved ones; changing careers to changing relationships; getting sober to getting healthy to simply looking for a fresh start. He then spent a year coding these stories, identifying patterns and takeaways that can help all of us survive and thrive in times of change.

What Feiler discovered was a world in which transitions are becoming more plentiful and the skills to manage them more urgent for all of us to master. The idea that we’ll have one job, one relationship, one source of happiness is hopelessly outdated. We all feel unnerved by this upheaval. We’re concerned that our lives are not what we expected, that we’ve veered off course, living life out of order. But we’re not alone.

Life Is in the Transitions introduces the fresh, illuminating vision of the nonlinear life, in which each of us faces dozens of disruptors. One in ten of those becomes what Feiler calls a lifequake, a massive change that leads to a life transition. The average length of these transitions is five years. The upshot: We all spend half our lives in this unsettled state. You or someone you know is going through one now.

The most exciting thing Feiler identified is a powerful new toolkit for navigating these pivotal times. Drawing on his extraordinary trove of insights, he lays out specific strategies each of us can use to reimagine and rebuild our lives, often stronger than before.

In this program, you’ll discover how to:

  • Start with your transition superpower
  • Identify your emotions
  • Shed something
  • Try something creative
  • Rewrite your life story

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 AM Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 AM Central, and 6 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: Life is in the Transitions

Speaker: Bruce Feiler, one of America’s top voices on contemporary life, best-selling author of 15 books, speaker, and TV personality

About Bruce Feiler

Bruce Feiler is one of America’s most thoughtful voices on contemporary life. He is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers; the presenter of two prime-time series on PBS; and the inspiration for the drama, Council of Dads on NBC. His work combines timeless wisdom with timely knowledge turned into practical, positive messages that allow people to live with more meaning, passion, and joy. His new book, Life is in the Transitions Mastering Change at Any Age, describes his journey across America, collecting hundreds of life stories, exploring how we can navigate the growing number of life transitions with greater purpose and skill.

Bruce Feiler has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Gourmet, where he won three James Beard Awards. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television. A former circus clown, he has been the subject of a Jay Leno joke and a JEOPARDY! question, and his face appears on a postage stamp in the Grenadines.

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Bruce lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Linda Rottenberg, and their identical twin daughters.

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