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July 16, 2018
Losing a job in midlife: How to prepare and bounce back when downsized near retirement

As the CEO of a Girl Scout council, Janice Holly Booth of Gastonia, North Carolina,  figured she would remain in that role until retirement. But when she turned 50, she learned that cutbacks would leave her out of a job.

“I had intended that the Girl Scouts would be my last career, but you know what they say about the best-laid-plans,” Booth says.

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July 12, 2018
What Surprises Boomer Women Professionals When They Retire
Our offices and assistants were reassigned, our successors were named. We knew that the loss of our work — and ready-made conversation and colleagues, deadlines and commitments — would create a void. We understood that our time would be largely our own and that we would need to figure out what to do with it. What we did not understand until after we retired was that the end of our careers meant that we would lose part of our identities too.
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June 15, 2018
How I Found My Encore Career (And Why You Should)

The day I left the organization I’d led for 11 years, and the profession I’d been active in for over three decades, I had mixed feelings.

 

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June 15, 2018
My Encore Career: What I Did Right And Wrong
In a recent study conducted by Merrill Lynch and Age Wave, 80% of working retirees say they continue to work not out of necessity, but out of a desire to keep working. As one of that 80%, I can’t imagine not working.

Looking back at my encore career launch, there are some things I would do again, some I wish I’d done more and some I would never do again. Let me tell you about them, because it could help you get your second act going.
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April 19, 2018
7 Tips for Women 50+ Eager to Start a Business

Nearly every week, I get an email or a call from a woman interested in starting a business and looking for advice. Generally, she’s over 50. Often, I suspect, she’s frustrated by a job hunt and has decided “what the heck, I have something I’ve always wanted to do and maybe the universe is trying to tell me something.”

If you’re a woman 50+ thinking of becoming your own boss, I say: go for it.

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