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Encore Transitions: Preparing for Post-Career Life

catherinewatsonhs.jpg Welcome remarks by Dean Mary Nichols

The Road to What's Next
Catherine Watson
October 4, 2013
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Hear about Watson's ongoing journey toward her "encore life" journey, including how she uses personal narrative as a way to make sense of the past and navigate the surprises and challenges that lie ahead. Watson will help you to start writing your transition memoir --on the spot and as it happens.

Catherine Watson was the travel editor at the Minneapolis Star Tribune from 1978 to 2004 and is currently a freelance writer and photographer. A pioneer in personal travel writing for newspapers, she has published two award-winning collections, Roads Less Traveled: Dispatches from the Ends of the Earth (Syren, 2005) and Home on the Road: Further Dispatches from the Ends of the Earth (Syren, 2007). In addition to traveling extensively, she teaches travel writing and memoir in the United States and abroad. Photo credit: James W. Bjorkman


DonnaBennett.jpg What are Encore Transitions Anyway, and Why Are They So Important?
Donna Bennett & Kate Schaefers
October 4, 2013
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What constitutes a satisfying, meaningful "encore life"? In this session, you will examine how to make a purposeful transition to a new stage of life--one that didn't even exist before today's longevity revolution.



Donna Bennett, M.A., LP., is a licensed psychologist, author, educator, and personal and professional development consultant who has worked for corporate, academic, and nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years. She is a frequent presenter on work, career, and life transitions, and is the author of When You Lose Your Job (Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2002). In 2005, she received the Minnesota Career Development Association's Marty Dockman Merit Award in recognition of the originality, timeliness, and enduring value of her contributions to the field of career development. Bennett is co-founder of Encore Transitions.


KateSchaefers.jpg Navigating Relationships in Retirement
Kate Schaefers
October 4, 2013
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Retirement impacts all areas of life, including relationships. Connections with co-workers are redefined, family roles are recalibrated, and spouses and partners are forced to make major adjustments. This session will examine how to sustain and enhance these relationships, as well as how to connect with others to form new relationships during retirement.

Kate Schaefers, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and encore transitions coach. She specializes in mid-career and midlife transitions, encore careers, the aging workforce, and exploring ways to tap the talent of a multigenerational workplace. Before starting her own business, Schaefers worked in human resources at the University of Minnesota, managing a variety of career and leadership development programs. She teaches in the Human Resource and Change Management Program and the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas.

Aging Well / Being Well

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Bill Spinelli
October 11, 2013
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While aging is not a disease, condition, or descent into frailty and dependence, you can learn how to actively cultivate health consciousness and body awareness, and what makes for healthy longevity. Dr. Bill Spinelli will give an easy-to-swallow overview of the aging process, including physiology, brain changes, and social positioning.

Bill Spinelli, M.D., is a family physician and research fellow at the Allina Center for Health Care Innovation. A recent Bush Foundation Medical Fellowship allowed him to earn a master's degree at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. While there, he created the Heartwood Project, which helps physicians reduce their clinical work and move toward their "encores" through reflective dialogue, community involvement, and mentoring younger physicians. His current work involves studying the contributing causes of burnout in health care workers. Spinelli is co-founder of Encore Transitions.


henryemmonshs.jpg The Roots of Resilience
Henry Emmons
October 11, 2013
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Explore resilience, including: What are the elements of a resilient life? How do life balance, meaningful connections, and joy contribute to resilience? With Dr. Emmons, discover how resilience helps us stay whole and bounce back from life's expected changes and unexpected challenges.


Henry Emmons, M.D., is a practicing psychiatrist who conducts workshops on mindfulness and health realization in medicine, resilience, and the evolution from clinician to healer. The author of The Chemistry of Joy (Fireside, 2005) and The Chemistry of Calm (Touchstone, 2010), Emmons practices general and holistic psychiatry, consults with colleges and organizations, and teaches resiliency skills through the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
jimscheibelhs.jpg How Can I Help?
Jim Scheibel
October 25, 2013
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Learn about new and traditional options for service, volunteering, and other forms of planned helpfulness. Studies show that helping others makes us healthier, happier, and live longer. What does it mean to work for the greater good?



Jim Scheibel served as mayor of Saint Paul from 1990−1994, and has a long history of helping people get involved in public service. As senior vice president of the Corporation for National and Community Service under the Clinton administration, he directed both VISTA and Senior Corps, and worked with Experience Corps. Scheibel is currently executive-in-residence for the School of Business at Hamline University.


markfischerhs.jpg Timely Financial Questions
Mark Fischer
October 25, 2013
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How do you know when to retire? How do you balance retirement income with expenses? What should you know about Social Security and when should you start receiving your benefits? What are your Medicare options? How does Medicare relate to ObamaCare? What are RMDs? How do insurance, estate planning, "the cabin at the lake," and fear and greed fit into your plans? Knowing what questions to ask will help assure that you find the best answers for your situation.

Mark Fischer is a certified financial planner and president of Plan for Life, a fee-based financial planning firm. Since 1986, he has been helping people craft life strategies using an approach that is holistic and research-focused. A contributing author of Mapping Your Retirement (MYR Publications, 2007), Fischer was recognized as one of the Twin Cities' Five Star wealth managers by Mpls.St. Paul magazine in 2011 and 2012.


KateSchaefers.jpg The Shifting Landscape of Retirement
Kate Schaefers
October 25, 2013
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Retirement models continue to evolve and people are customizing their choices with an eye towards engagement and connection. Do you want an encore career? A part-time job? A volunteer experience? This session will explore the emerging trends, and suggest resources for sculpting a retirement lifestyle that fosters purpose, meaning, and a sense of accomplishment.

Kate Schaefers is a licensed psychologist and encore transitions coach. She specializes in mid-career and midlife transitions, encore careers, the aging workforce, and exploring ways to tap the talent of a multigenerational workplace. Before starting her own business, Schaefers worked in human resources at the University of Minnesota, managing a variety of career and leadership development programs. She teaches in the Human Resource and Change Management Program and the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas.

Launching Your Future

jerryallanhs.jpg Launching Your Future
Jerry Allan
November 1, 2013

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Launching Your Future Questionnaire
A Decade at a Glance: Key Words
A Decade at a Glance: Calendar
Stepping Stone Action Plan
A Voyage to Your Future
Ithaca Poem

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Who and what can you see yourself being and doing in the future? What are your challenges? What gives you momentum? What one step can you take toward that future this minute? In this course, you will begin to craft your encore journey, and take the initial steps to identify and overcome obstacles, see options and pathways, focus on your best possibilities, and take action!

Jerry Allan is an educator, architect, and internationally recognized expert on creativity and sustainability. He is founder and president of Criteria, Inc., an interdisciplinary design firm, and professor and chair of entrepreneurial studies at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Allan speaks and teaches topics related to creativity, futures, environmental design, and sustainable places. He is currently working on Pre-emptive Peace, an international sustainability effort.


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