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Design Your Second Act Career with Dorian Mintzer and Nancy Collamer

Episode Guest: Nancy Collamer, speaker, author, and semi-retirement coach

Episode Description:
If you're thinking about the possibility of working during retirement – whether to supplement your income, keep active and engaged, or some combination of the two – join us for a conversation with Nancy Collamer, author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement. Nancy will share inspirational second-act career success stories and provide concrete advice about how you can profit from your professional expertise, passions and personal interests during your semi-retirement years. 

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • Why so many boomers are choosing to work part-time after retirement
  • The four main categories of second-act careers
  • Examples of fun and unusual second-acts
  • Easy steps you can take to discover your own “what's next”

About Nancy Collamer:
Nancy Collamer is a semi-retirement coach, speaker, and author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement. She writes a monthly blog for (syndicated on and publishes a free bi-monthly newsletter about second-act careers through her website,

She offers a digital toolkit and course for professionals who want to work part-time after retirement called Design Your Second Act. In private practice since 1996, Nancy 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.

Get in touch with Nancy Collamer:
Check out Nancy's course: Design Your Second Act: 
Nancy's website:
Purchase Nancy’s Book, Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement:
Grab our free guide, 10 Key Issues to Consider as You Explore Your Retirement Transition, at 

Hacking Longevity: How 3 Generations Over 50 are Thinking About a 100-Year Life with Dorian Mintzer and Lori K Bitter

Episode Guest: Lori K. Bitter, a seasoned trend analyst in the field of aging who provides strategic consulting, research and development for companies seeking to engage with mature consumers

Episode Description:
Based on foundational research in 2018 with the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers and Gen X, Lori K. Bitter wanted to understand if people are embracing the idea of a 100-year life and if they are, what they are doing to get there. It was a massive project – focus groups, national survey of 3000+ respondents, and personal interviews on new research platform. In her research, she uncovered key motivational differences between the generations.

In 2019, she launched a study looking at five key shifts that emerged from the 2018 work, and she will be sharing these in this episode:

  • Caregiving
  • Grandparenting
  • Aging Single
  • Career Encoring
  • Change of Living Situation 

About Lori K. Bitter:
Lori K. Bitter provides strategic consulting, research and development for companies seeking to engage with mature consumers at The Business of Aging. Her recent research, Hacking Longevity, sponsored by AARP and Proctor & Gamble, has just launched its second study on key life shifts in later life. Lori was named a Next Avenue Influencer in Aging. Her book, The Grandparent Economy, is a National Mature Media Award winner. She serves as co-producer of What's Next Boomer Business Summit and The Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit. Lori has more than 30 years of advertising, public relations, and strategic planning experience. She serves on the advisory board of several start-ups and nonprofits. 

A sought-after speaker, Lori has presented research, trends and analysis about mature consumers and the opportunity of the longevity marketplace to more than 200 conferences and events in the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe.  She has been featured in Forbes and Entrepreneur's 100 to Watch and appeared on CNBC.

Get in touch with Lori K. Bitter:
Buy Lori’s book: The Grandparent Economy: How Baby Boomers Are Bridging the Generation Gap:
Lori’s website:
Download Lori’s Handout:
Grab our free guide, 10 Key Issues to Consider as You Explore Your Retirement Transition, at

Purpose and a Paycheck with Dorian Mintzer and Chris Farrell

Episode Guest: Chris Farrell, author, senior economics contributor for Marketplace and columnist for PBS Next Avenue and Star Tribune

Episode Description:
Purpose and a Paycheck is the title of Chris Farrell's latest book. The book focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, and work in the second half of life. Growing numbers of experienced adults are starting their own business and working well into the traditional retirement years. An impressive body of scholarly research strongly suggests that given the opportunity, people in the second half of life can be as creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial as their younger peers, if not more so.
Tapping into the talents of experienced workers and breaking down the barriers of age discrimination holds the promise of boosting the economy's dynamism and household incomes.

In this episode, you'll discover:
The impact on the economy if more people continue working rather than retire
Why more people are working well into the traditional retirement years
The kind of jobs are people getting in their 60s and 70s
How to find a job in the second half of life

About Chris Farrell:
Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media's nationally syndicated public radio business and economic programs. He is economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio and host of its series, Conversations on the Creative Economy. An award-winning journalist, Chris is a columnist for Next Avenue and the Star Tribune. He has written for Bloomberg Businessweek, New York Times, Kiplinger's and other publications. His most recent book is Purpose and a Paycheck (HarperCollins Leadership).

Get in touch with Chris Farrell:
Buy Chris’ book: Purpose and a Paycheck:
Chris’ website:
Visit Minnesota Public Radio:
Grab our free guide, 10 Key Issues to Consider as You Explore Your Retirement Transition, at

Navigating Your Second Career: Finding Passion, Purpose and a Paycheck 50+ with Dorian Mintzer and Lynda Smith

Episode Guest: Lynda Smith, a Wisdom Preserver and Connection Specialist who lives and works in South Africa

Episode Description:
Modern life affords us many options to traditional retirement that can provide a financial reward, intellectual stimulation, flexibility and freedom, emotional fulfillment, and overall well-being during your mature years. How do you plan and pursue alternatives to traditional retirement – including coaching, volunteer work, starting a second career, starting your own business, traveling, learning new skills, and enjoying family and friends?

In this episode, you'll discover:

  • How longevity and technology are changing the landscape
  • What tools to use to unlock and navigate your unique journey
  • How money and meaning are both currencies
  • Tools to help you discover our passion and purpose

About Lynda Smith:
South African Social entrepreneur, Lynda Smith, is at the forefront of a social movement to plan the extended work lives of 50-plus workers in both quality and duration – to benefit both individual and national development – and is regarded as a thought leader and advocate for the 50-plus generation. To this end, Lynda's 50-Plus Skills provides a forum for soon-to-be-retired or retired individuals to plan their future lives, upskill, engage with like-minded individuals or contribute in terms of voluntary mentoring programs or hands-on involvement in the social sector.

Lynda's empathy, passion, socially conscious outlook, and wealth of experience in both education and business provide the perfect foundation for an organization that helps clear the mists of uncertainty around the question commonly asked by retirees, “What now?”

Get in touch with Lynda Smith:
Check out Lynda's four-week course: Navigating Your Unique Second Career 50+
Lynda's website:
Lynda's Handout:
Grab our free guide, 10 Key Issues to Consider as You Explore Your Retirement Transition, at 

How to Make Your Older Years the Best Time of Your Life with Dorian Mintzer and Mark and Lucy Rose Fischer

Episode Guests: Husband and wife team, Mark Fischer, CFP, MBA, Ph.D., author, and Lucy Rose Fischer, Ph.D., gerontologist and award-winning author and artist

Episode Description:

Picture the freedom to do whatever you want to do. Plus, you have the largest resources of your life to accomplish them – more money and time, your experience, skills, and knowledge.

Does this type of retirement excite you, but you're not sure how to create it for yourself? Are you asking: When can I cut back on working? Will my money last? What can I do to stay healthy? What will I do with my time?

In this episode, you'll discover the opportunities and challenges of this time of life, with insights and information on transitioning into retirement, as well as Lucy's ALIVE model to help you live more creatively.

About Mark and Lucy Rose Fischer:

Mark S. Fischer, CFP, MBA, PhD, is a retirement coach and the author of Serious About Retiring (2019). Mark had a twenty-year career as a scientist and a thirty-year career as a financial planner. He biked the entire length of the Mississippi in his 60s and started playing cello at age 73.

Lucy Rose Fischer, PhD, is an award-winning author, artist, and social scientist. She has published six books. Her most recent books are: The Journalist (August 2020), Grow Old With Me (2019), and I'm New at Being Old (2010). She is featured on the Twin Cities Public

Television program, Life Changing Art.

Get in touch with Mark and Lucy Rose Fischer:

Mark's book: Serious About Retiring,
Mark’s website:
Lucy’s book, Grow Old With Me,
Lucy’s website:
Grab our free guide, 10 Key Issues to Consider as You Explore Your Retirement Transition, at

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