Lives Well Lived with Sky Bergman

Lives Well Lived celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of people aged 75–100, who reveal their secrets for living a meaningful life. Encompassing 3,000 years of collective life experience, diverse people share life lessons about perseverance, the human spirit, and staying positive in the midst of life’s greatest challenges. Their stories will make you laugh, perhaps cry, but mostly inspire you.

Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 AM Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 AM Central, and 7 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: Lives Well Lived

Speaker: Sky Bergman, Filmmaker, Professor of Photography and Video, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

About Sky Bergman

Sky Bergman is an accomplished, award-winning photographer. Lives Well Lived is Sky’s directorial debut.

The film has screened in more than 300 cities, won eight awards, and the theatrical run garnered enthusiastic reviews including a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It is currently airing on PBS and is available on Amazon, iTunes, and PBS Passport.

Sky’s fine art photography is featured in permanent collections throughout the world. Her commercial work has appeared on book covers for Random House and Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc., and in publications including the Smithsonian, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, Reader’s Digest, and Archaeology Odyssey.

A professor at Cal Poly since 1995, Sky is the former chair of the Art & Design department (2007-2013) and is currently a Professor of Photography and Video. She has two short films about intergenerational connections currently on the film festival circuit and is working on a feature-length film that is a celebration of love.

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Retirement: From Role to Soul with Connie Zweig

Most of us learn that being independent, quick, productive, and strong are highly valued and result in rewards of approval and status. On the other hand, we learn that their opposite traits — dependent, slow, unproductive, and weak — are devalued and result in disapproval and shame. So, we dread the loss of these socially acceptable traits as we age, slow down, do less, and need others more. We deny the call to retire.

If our images of and associations with retirement remain outside of our awareness, dormant in the shadow, then we are blind to them. By learning to orient toward the unconscious and meet the shadows of age more consciously, we deepen our self-knowledge to include that which has been excluded for so long—a deferred dream, a secret desire, a hidden talent. Now, when the ego no longer reigns supreme, we can open ourselves and allow these banished feelings and fantasies to be heard. Retirement, when our roles so clearly fall away, is an opportunity for a profound shift in awareness. We can move our identity from doing, achievement, success, and image to our essential spiritual nature.

In this program, you will:

  • Identify your unconscious images and fears of retirement.
  • Identify your romantic fantasies of retirement.
  • Determine if you are denying the call to retire.
  • Identify an unconscious inner obstacle or shadow character that stops you from stopping.
  • Learn some spiritual practices on the threshold of retirement.
  • Discover the shift in identity from role to soul.

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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

Topic: Retirement: From Role to Soul

Speaker: Connie Zweig, speaker, author, Certified Sage-ing Leader, and Climate Reality Leader

About Connie Zweig

Connie Zweig, Ph.D., is a retired therapist, co-author of Meeting the Shadow and Romancing the Shadow, author of Meeting the Shadow of Spirituality, and a novel, A Moth to the Flame: The Life of Sufi Poet Rumi. Her newest book, The Inner Work of Age: Shifting from Role to Soul, extends shadow-work into late life and teaches aging as a spiritual practice. Connie has been doing contemplative practices for 50 years. She is a wife and grandmother and was initiated as an Elder by Sage-ing International in 2017. After investing in all these roles, she is practicing the shift from role to soul.

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Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old? with Richard Leider

There are 75 million Americans over the age of sixty, many of them looking to continue the personal growth journey that has been the hallmark of their generation. They want to grow old, not just get old. The path of purposeful aging is accessible to all — and it’s fundamental to health, happiness, and longevity. Just floating along from one year to the next, accepting things as they present themselves without question or intention, is a surefire recipe for dissatisfaction and despair in later life.

The traditional milestones of old age — retirement, the death of one’s parents, grandchildren, etc., are no longer definitive of what it means to be old. Now, it’s more about choices; we’re freer now to decide for ourselves what being old means and how we intend to live our later years. But that requires us to confront default choices and reject easy answers. It means honestly exploring tough questions like, “Am I really living my life or someone else’s version of it?” and “What’s missing in my life?”

Discovering who you want to be when you grow old starts first with determining your purpose. Purpose is a verb; it is action-oriented and dynamic. It is the answer to the question, “Why do you get up in the morning?” If there’s something you love to do — write, solve technical problems or cook — that is likely one of the gifts you need for your purpose. When you combine that gift with your passions and values, that can be an indicator of your purpose.

In this program, you’ll discover the three-step framework for unlocking purpose: Find out how you want to help; Find out who you want to help; and Find out what energizes you (and what drains you).

Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021

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

Topic: Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old?

Speaker: Richard Leider, founder of Inventure–The Purpose Company, one of American’s preeminent Executive-Life Coaches

About Richard Leider

Internationally bestselling author and coach, Richard Leider, is the founder of Inventure-The Purpose Company, where the mission is to help people to “unlock the power of purpose” and answer that question. He is ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5” most respected coaches. Along the way, Richard has written eleven books including three best-sellers which have sold over one million copies. The Power of Purpose and Repacking Your Bags are considered classics in the personal growth field. His latest book, Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old? is a defining book on the power of purposeful aging.

Widely viewed as a pioneer of the global purpose movement, his work has been featured in many media sources, and his PBS special, The Power of Purpose, was viewed by millions of people. He has taken his purpose message to all 50 states, Canada, and 4 continents, and he has advised everyone from AARP to the National Football League to the U.S. State Department. During his career, Richard has addressed more than two million people worldwide in his speeches to corporate, association, and social service groups. He and his wife, Sally, live in the Minneapolis, MN area.

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Light Years: Intergenerational Stories of Resilience, Creativity, and Meaning in Later Life with Claire Panke

Filmmaker Claire Marie Panke will discuss her new documentary film Light Years, which shares the stories of three older adults who have turned their later years into some of their best years. Claire will talk about the filmmaking process and share insights into her three-film subjects, revealing how they model the power of purpose, creativity, resilience, and intergenerational connections throughout our lives.

In this program, you’ll discover:

  • the film’s inspiration and development
  • themes interwoven throughout the film
  • how the film’s subjects embrace challenges and change throughout their lives
  • the power of story to impact viewers of many ages
  • how Light Years can be used to shift attitudes about later life

Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021

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

Topic: Light Years: Intergenerational Stories of Resilience, Creativity, and Meaning in Later Life

Speaker: Claire Panke, award-winning filmmaker, writer/editor, and neonatal nurse

About Claire Panke

A graduate of Georgetown University, Claire Panke studied film at New York University, earning a Certificate in Film. Her second feature documentary, Light Years, profiles three older adults who infuse their lives with creativity, service, inter-generational connections, and a knack for reinvention.

Claire’s first film, A Chance to Grow, was broadcast on The Discovery Channel, National Geographic Television, and other international venues, and was awarded a CINE Golden Eagle. She directed three short documentaries, has had several audio interviews broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and serves on several judging panels, including the News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

Claire also works freelance as a writer/editor, photographer, and nurse-consultant. In front of the camera, Claire served as a national spokesperson for a campaign to protect health care funding, appearing in nationally broadcast commercials, print & radio ads, and Congressional publications.

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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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