Senior Entrepreneurs Are Driving More Social Innovation Worldwide than Any Other Demographic with Elizabeth Isele

Social innovation is much more than having an idea. Real innovation is recognizing the value of that idea and operationalizing it through social enterprise. Research demonstrates that, contrary to the media image of an entrepreneur as a tech-savvy youth, senior entrepreneurs (aged 50+) are creating more businesses worldwide than any other age group and an overwhelming number are creating social enterprises, including green businesses.

That being said, we should bear in mind that while experience fuels innovation, experience is also regenerative, so the opportunity is at hand to intentionally facilitate knowledge transfer across generations and foster dynamic, innovative decision-making. Catalyzing multigenerational experience generates new insights, perspectives, and multiple paths to solutions.

In this session, you will discover:

  • how senior entrepreneurs activate and scale social innovation;
  • how older adults can be more innovative than their younger counterparts;
  • how shared intergenerational knowledge is a unique social and economic opportunity to drive innovation, boost workplace engagement, productivity and profitability and successful new business startups that can result in healthier societies, a more sustainable environment, and robust economies – and provide specific examples.

Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2022

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

Topic: Senior Entrepreneurs Are Driving More – and More Sustainable – Social Innovation Worldwide than Any Other Demographic

Speaker: Elizabeth Isele, Founder and CEO of the Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship

About Elizabeth Isele

Recognized globally as a pioneering senior and intergenerational entrepreneurship expert, Elizabeth Isele is leading a movement to transform the culture of aging and retirement. Her passion to ignite a Silver Economy by unleashing the experience and the potential of 50+ year-olds to drive economic markets and generate social and environmental impact is grounded in data and metrics. Elizabeth embodies the Silver Economy. As a septugenarian, after a distinguished career as an award-winning editor and author, she founded The Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship, a comprehensive, cross-sector (business, government, education, and research) ecosystem to catalyze and support intergenerational experience in the Future of Work, Entrepreneurship, and Artificial Intelligence.

She is also a Senior Fellow in Social Innovation, and Entrepreneur in Residence, Babson College, Wellesley, MA, and an Associate Fellow in Finance and Global Economics, The Royal Institute of International Affairs: Chatham House, London, UK.

In the fall of 2021, she was interviewed by Globant for their Be One of a Kind series to share the one-of-a-kind VALUE of workers aged 50+. She has also published numerous reports articles, and op-ed pieces on 50+ entrepreneurship and is continually quoted and profiled in the media and publications such as the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, etc. Elizabeth was named a Journalism in Aging Fellow by the MetLife Foundation and the Gerontological Society of America, a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Foundation Fellow, and an Influencer in Aging by PBS NextAvenue.org.

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