Category Archives for Aging

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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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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Aging, Work, and Retirement: A Trifecta of Challenges with Elizabeth Fideler

“Aging, Work, and Retirement: A Trifecta of Challenges” will explore the trends associated with mature adults working in the retirement years. In the context of changing demographics and the changing modalities of retirement, we will discuss the reasons why increasing numbers of women and men are bypassing conventional retirement age and staying in or returning to the workforce. We will consider age diversity, ageism, and age-friendliness in the workplace. We will look at the impact of the pandemic on older workers, with particular attention to gender and social class differences.

During this program you’ll discover how:

  • the older worker phenomenon continues apace.
  • the older worker phenomenon is global.
  • there’s a big difference between choosing to stay on the job and being forced to by necessity.
  • job satisfaction, finding meaning or a sense of purpose in one’s work, can be a more powerful motivator than money.
  • aging, work, and retirement each come with their own challenges, especially during a pandemic.

All the details of our upcoming call are below:

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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

Topic: Aging, Work, and Retirement: A Trifecta of Challenges

Speaker: Elizabeth Fideler, EdD, is an author and Founding Member of the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work

About Elizabeth Fideler

Elizabeth F. Fideler received her doctorate in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University. She is a founding member of the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work, Boston College. With a background in classroom teaching, senior management positions at non-profit organizations, and education research, she successfully redirected her research and writing skills to address the extended work-life phenomenon. She is the author of several books, the most recent being Aging, Work, and Retirement.

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The Path of Purposeful Aging with Richard Leider

What are we to do to survive and, even, thrive in this volatile, uncertain pandemic world? In a world where we can no longer be secure or certain, how can we find some sense of certainty? The pandemic changed everything for almost everyone. We endlessly hear the downside of this crisis. That’s one way to look at it but, there is also an upside. We can grow from this crisis.

The science of purpose shows that having a WHY to exist, whatever the level of adversity we face, is universal and fundamental to both surviving and thriving. Purpose is NOT a trend nor a luxury, today. In fact, it is FUNDAMENTAL to our health, healing, happiness, community, and, even, longevity! What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning? These days the answer to that question might seem more difficult than ever to answer.

During this program, you will:

  • Take a “Purpose Checkup”
  • Experience three steps to unlocking your purpose
  • Learn three practices to live and work in ways that fit with your purpose

All the details of our upcoming call are below:

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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

Topic: The Path of Purposeful Aging

Speaker: Richard Leider, founder of Inventure–The Purpose Company, one of American’s preeminent Executive-Life Coaches. He is a pioneer of the global purpose movement that focuses on purposeful living.

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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