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The Transition Network Fact Sheet

The Transition Network is the only national nonprofit focused on professional women over 50 who are exploring what’s next. Our members are living the trends that affect women over 50 today, and leading culture change about opportunities for older people.

For more information, contact Executive Director Susan Collins at 347-735-6035 or susan.collins@thetransitionnetwork.org.

Our History

In the late '90s, co-founders Charlotte Frank and Christine Millen realized it was time to leave the careers that had defined them. They thought "retirement feels like a big empty space...and we're going to live to be 90, so we have a lot of time ahead of us. How do we make the most of these years?" The Transition Network grew from those conversations among our founders and 10 friends in a New York City living rooms.

Both co-founders were awarded Civic Ventures Purpose Prize Fellowships in 2006, and Charlotte Frank was awarded an Ashoka Fellowship in 2007, recognizing her social entrepreneurship in launching The Transition Network.

Today, TTN serves more than 2,800 active and nearly 6,400 former members in 13 chapters across the country with over 100 programs each year and 120 peer support groups in the following locations, with new chapters forming regularly.

Atlanta
Billings
Boston
Central Ohio
Chicago
Long Island
New York City
North/Central NJ
Philadelphia
San Francisco Bay Area
Santa Fe
South Florida
Washington, DC
 

 

Who We Are

Our members are women whose professional lives shaped their identities - the first generation of women facing the challenge of what to do after the end of your career. Their professional backgrounds are in education, law, counseling, marketing, social work, medicine, finance, nonprofit leadership and government. They are active, eager to learn and stay involved with their communities. Members range in age from their early 50s to their 80s.
 

What We Do

The Transition Network brings members together for learning through over 100 programs each year. Featured speakers have included Jane Bryant Quinn, Gail Sheehy, Jean Chatzky, Diane Rehm and Cokie Roberts. Members support each other through 120 peer groups, meeting monthly to focus on a variety of topics: finding your next career, caregiving, launching a business, healthy cooking and cultural activities and anything else members want to get together and talk about.

Co-founder Charlotte Frank launched our innovative peer health program, the Caring Collaborative, in 2007. Funded by a New York State Health Foundation grant, the Caring Collaborative developed models for individuals to provide support in times of health crisis, medical information sharing within their network and a "vertical village" method of organizing apartment building to provide informal health support. Three manuals, available at no charge on our website (click here) offer resources for others to create their own service network, vertical village and discharge planning support. The Caring Collaborative was featured in a September 2011 New York Times article that highlighted the value of our how-to manuals for other networks, as well as its benefits for individuals.
 

Our Impact

The Transition Network compiled member experiences and expert advice in our book Smart Women Don't Retire - They Break Free, which won a National Mature Market Media award in 2008.
We are a leader in the positive aging movement that is defining new opportunities for people 50 and forward. We work with national organizations including AARP, Civic Ventures, Coming of Age and the Life Planning Network, as well as public library boomer programs, Ys and JCCs, alumni organizations, the Village to Village Network, outplacement firms and lifelong learning programs.

Our members are role models and regular speakers on career transitions and "taking risks after 50." Their stories have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Business Week, US News & World Report, Forbes, Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Woman's Day, as well as in Gail Sheehy's Passages in Caregiving, Marc Freedman’s The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife and Kerry Hannon’s What’s Next.