Encore Careers: Purpose, Passion, and Progress in the Second Act
A generation ago, the “golden years” dream was the freedom from work. Today the new dream is the freedom to work – in new ways, on new terms, to new and even more important ends. One of the most significant trends in the workforce today is people age 50 and beyond who are switching career paths to touch their passion in new and purposeful ways. And at a time where the demand for nurses, teachers, clergy, social workers, and nonprofit employees is booming there is both a supply and a demand for Encore careers that provide meaning for the individual while meeting growing community needs.
The baby boomer generation has transformed America throughout their lifespans. With nearly half the boomers over 60 today, they are now re-defining aging in countless ways.
Peter Thompson has served as Executive Director of the Senior Center in Charlottesville since 1999. The first nationally accredited Senior Center in Virginia, our local Center positively impacts our community by creating opportunities for healthy aging through 100 programs and scores of partnerships to help seniors live as independently as possible as long as possible. The Center received the Pinnacle Award as America’s premier community center for all aspects of senior wellness in 2009. Peter has his bachelor’s degree in History from UVA and his MPA with a concentration in nonprofit management from VCU. Past community service positions include the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Senior Centers, Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UVA, Madison House, and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. He received the 2013 Leadership Charlottesville’s ‘Leader’s Leader’ award for community service and was the United Way Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership award winner in 2011.