Reinventing work at 50+

One of the lively ongoing conversations on the VibrantNation.com website centers around a simple question. Should the 50+ woman lie about her age on her resume? The underlying premise, that the length and depth of her experience have become a liability, is not even questioned, as women consider the pros and cons of listing dates next to their degrees.

This, and many other issues related to making the transition to a new, more meaningful means of livelihood in the present economy, will be addressed during a free two-day telesummit hosted by Lin Schriber of RevolutionizeRetirement.com, one of our neighbors in cyberspace, on April 24 and 25. Yours truly has the 5 p.m. EST spot on April 24 at the Encore Career TeleSummit for Women 50+, sharing the virtual streaming audio podium with 11 other experts over the two days. To register: click here.

While the mood of the telesummit is definitively upbeat, count me amongst the majority of Vibrant Women who can not help but note the irony that triage conferences like these are burgeoning at the exact moment so many of us had anticipated reaping the rewards at the peak of our careers. Instead, we are having to dig deeper, more creatively and courageously than ever before to figure out how we can fulfill what we’ve always believed was our destiny: to make a difference through our work — and be paid for it.

From the earliest days of women’s liberation, we’ve had to believe in ourselves when others didn’t. Now, many of us — as captured by the conversations taking place on our site — are somewhere on the scale of mortified to outright mad at finding ourselves having once again buck old, worn-out stereotypes. In the words of Watermusic on this lack of validation at work: “It’s a little like being Michael Jordan on a losing basketball team and the coach won’t put me in the game.”

Fighting the battle of ageism in the traditional workplace may be one revolution too many, even for the most vibrant of woman. Instead, many Vibrant Women are now actively seeking and pursuing alternatives that will help us regain control over our lives. And we are increasingly willing to dig deep into our own resources — intellectual, spiritual and financial — to fund the transition to what’s next.

Resourceful, opportunistic, creative, we are making the transition from traditional careers to reinvented livelihoods with the same level of drive and enthusiasm that has been the earmark of our generation since the beginning. It’s just a little disappointing that we have to.

The upcoming TeleSummit is designed specifically for women who want to (or have to) work in retirement, but want more meaning, money, and authenticity in their lives. The event is free to all participants, and the recordings of each interview will be available for participant listening for 24 hours. After that, conference recordings and transcripts can be accessed for a $97 fee at your leisure. Other featured experts include Betsy Werley, Executive Director of The Transition Network; Deborah Russell, Director of Workforce Issues at AARP and Richard Leider, Founder and Chairman of The Inventure Group, a coaching and consulting practice working with leaders from organizations such as Ameriprise, Caterpillar, Habitat for Humanity, MetLife, and Pfizer.

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  1. watermusic watermusic says

    “From the earliest days of women’s liberation, we’ve had to believe in ourselves when others didn’t.”  That sentence caught my attention because it pretty much sums up most of my life. I’ve always been the odd member of the group in one way or another, the only woman, the  only working wife to name two.  We have had to believe in ourselves when others didn’t we have gotten to redefine what it means to be women and we are not finished yet. Could of  fooled me.

    I am frustrated and will always be frustrated if I let others decide my value. I have a very clear sense that we must subscribe to the highest standards of excellence possible and stay at the top of the game while letting go of the value it gives us.

    Others can’t give us what we don’t give ourselves and that includes respect and value. The question I am asking myself is how can I best serve given the current situation?

    At the very least I have a defiant attitude which makes me want to jump into the game and show them who they’re really dealing with.  I am in that situation at work now and I’m about to teach some people some much needed lessons about what excellence looks like.

    I was one of the first women NCO’s at the Army Quartermaster School.   I can teach rings around these girls and I intend to do just that.  Remember the song, “I am woman, hear me roar.”  Well, get ready people cause I got a voice and I know how to use it.

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  2. Generic Image dragonwitch says

    Yes! …. and … we can choose to see this period of our lives as the most exciting, creative, self-fulfililng one of our lives!  If we have been faithful wives and mothers and/or climbing the corporate ladder and/or working at a “job” which has been draining our creative Life Spirit …  if we must still bring in revenue for ourselves and/or our family, we can choose now to say, “It’s MY turn!”, “It’s now or never!” and refresh those old dreams or create brand new ones!

    At 69 yrs old, I’m not disappointed at all to be at this crossroads.  It’s one of the best and most challenging  places I’ve ever been in my life so far!  I’m defining my life as I want to live it … cleaning out the excess and irrelevent physical and mental baggage, streamlining and lightening my load (including worrying about what other people are going to think!)  Yeeeee haw ladies!!!  Let’s get it ON!  We have so much of this creative ‘stuff’ which has been germinating for all these years … it’s time for it to flower (or vegetable) for all  to see. Our planet has been waiting for us to show up and it will be in a whole new way!

    We KNOW how fantastic it is when we work together and support each other … to share the leadership … to be connected with, cherish, and nurture each other and the Earth for each other and for all the children. 

    We’re creating a brand new game here where everybody wins!  Come on and play wtih me!

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  3. Carol Orsborn Carol Orsborn says

    I’m in!  And yes, it’s my turn!!!!

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