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My blog post for today is to share with you readers the latest August, 2014 news from ENCORE.ORG, as compiled by Ann MacDougall….

This month, Ann is showcasing two studies that ask “What makes encore transitions work?” – and “What is motivating and preventing people from moving into their encores?” VP Phyllis Segal is a co-author of New Roles, Few Rules: Planning for Purpose beyond Position, a new … Finish reading

Job Seeker Insights 2013 Part 2: Global Career Brainstorming Day

The Career Thought Leaders Consortium has published findings from the 2013 Global Career Brainstorming Day. What is “Brain Day”? It is event where career professionals meet to brainstorm trends and best practices in the now, the new, and the next in careers. Events are held in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and Russia.

This is the second in a series of highlights from the Brainstorming Day Whitepaper. Here are this … Finish reading

Portfolio Careers: Diversify Your Risk and Income

When Full Time No Longer “Works” : Alternative Options in Midlife… Finish reading

Best Employer Practices to Prepare for the Aging Boom

January 30, 2014 Conference sponsored by AARP & Central Bethany Development in conjunction with Washington County Chamber of Commerce Partnership and Vision Action Network. Keynote Speaker: Robert Romasco, National Board President, AARP. Location: Tigard, Oregon.)  As a career coach for midlife professionals, and an AARP volunteer, I was excited to attend this conference targeted to employers here in Oregon today. I decided to share some of my insights with you … Finish reading

Help! I Yearn, But Don’t Know What For…

In a recent AARP Magazine article, Jane Pauley says “I often hear people describe a yearning–a little voice that says there’s ‘something more.’ Unfortunately the little voice doesn’t necessarily say what that is.” DANG!

That little thing called “The Recession”


In my work as a career coach who focuses on working with “midlifers” (because I AM ONE), this yearning is a common refrain. Sure, we hear that our economy … Finish reading

Frustration to Inspiration: Diane Dempcy Took a Career Leap

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations. Your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world.”  (Patanjali)

One of my coaching clients, Diane Dempcy, had come to me in March, 2013 for assistance in finding a new job in the nonprofit field in which she had held several … Finish reading

Annual Career Checkup-2013: An Appointment with “Dr. Laura”

You get an annual checkup for your body;…now it’s time for one ON YOUR CAREER!

Is your career “healthy”? How can you know without assessing for “career cancer”, or “job jitters”?

Start by asking yourself these questions:


Does it feel like your career is at a dead end, but you’re not sure what to do about it?
Are you frustrated by the lackluster results of your job search efforts?… Finish reading

How to Launch an Encore Career: Laura Schlafly at End of Life University

2013 End-of-Life University Speakers on Tools and Inspiration for Peace of Mind.

In this Virtual Interview Series Laura Schlafly, Career Coach, speaks on the topic of How to Launch an Encore Career in midlife.

You will learn how Boomers are revolutionizing the concept of an Encore Career


How to Launch an Encore Career 11-12-13





Are You Nervously Employed in Today’s Changing Marketplace?

(Originally posted  Oct. 2, 2013 on the Mac’s List Blog)

The landscape of employment as we know it in America is rapidly changing. If you’ve read my previous posts on portfolio careersencore careersfree agents, and on-call jobs, you’re already aware of some of the employment trends that can make you feel nervously employed such as:

A shift to more part-time jobs, jobs that used… Finish reading

8 Career Lessons Boomer Women Can Learn from Diana Nyad

On September 2, 2013, 64-year-old Diana Nyad emerged from a 30-year retirement to fulfill an elusive dream: swimming a treacherous 103 miles from Cuba to Florida without the use of fins or a shark cage. It was her fifth attempt.

Although doubters both before and after her feat were many, Nyad proved that despite her age and the dangers, she could summon her will, her belief, and her persistence to … Finish reading

Inspirational Encore Career Success and Quotations Books from Laura Schlafly

“Inspirational Quotes from Laura” – is my weekly sharing around meaningful quotations that magically come me.

They are the wisdom of others from ancient to modern times. I feel inspired to comment about their effect on me, then I share them with people who are also uplifted. There is not a week that goes by without a message from one of my readers offering thanks and ah-ha’s. So I decided … Finish reading

How to Navigate Uncertainty in Your Career

Book Review: The Time between Dreams. How to Navigate Uncertainty in Your Life and Work by Carol A. Vecchio.

Change happens. Some look the other way and deny it. Others embrace change and its new opportunities, adventures, and horizons. However you approach it, change comes to all of us eventually in our careers, in our relationships, and in all areas of our lives.

Carol Vecchio has helped people navigate these … Finish reading

Portfolio Worker? You Need 4 Types of Support to Succeed

As the saying goes “no man/woman is an island” and this is particularly true for job seekers and budding solo-preneurs. Your confidence and your financial well-being are on the line. Family and friends are fine for initial support, but to be successful, you’ll need at least four categories of help, each focused on a specific purpose.

Emotional support from:

confidante who can talk with you about problems and… Finish reading

A Tale of Two Susans: Susan B. Anthony–the Woman that Susan Sokol Blosser Most Wants to Meet

I attended the Women’s Center for Leadership-Portland Morning Leadership Breakfast on July 25th, 2013, where Susan Sokol Blosser was the featured speaker.  I was completely caught up in her story about the founding of Sokol Blosser Winery, her time as its President, and her decision to step down to allow her son and daughter to assume co-President roles in leading the next generation of the business.

Throughout her … Finish reading

Is a Portfolio Career a Good Fit for You?

(Part two in a series on portfolio careers)  Originally posted July 24, 2013 at the Mac’s List Blog.

Many people realize that job security no longer comes from having a single job or career, so they are expanding their marketable and transferable skills into a portfolio of work types.

In my last post, I introduced this concept of a portfolio career as a way to diversify your employment risk Finish reading

Diversify Your Risk and Income with a Portfolio Career

More people are patching together a livelihood from a variety of sources. Job security no longer comes from an employer, but from your marketable and transferable skills. They’re creating their own portfolio career, which, according to Penelope Trunk, is:

“Not the same thing as holding down three bad jobs and wishing you could figure out what to do with yourself. Rather, it’s a scheme you pursue purposefully and Finish reading

Power Up Your Job Search with a Networking Resume

 Networking is simply the cultivating of mutually beneficial, give and take, win-win relationships. It works best, however, when emphasizing the ‘give’ part.”

Bob Burg -  Author of Endless Referrals, The Go-Giver, and Go-Givers Sell More

It goes without saying that networking is THE most important and productive method in a job search in today’s world.  A key component in effective networking is knowing how to educate others about your search.  … Finish reading

4 Reasons Solopreneurship is Perfect for Baby Boomers

This week I have invited, Jackie B. Peterson to be my guest as a blogger on an increasingly popular topic for Baby Boomers who are looking for an Encore Career: Having their own business as a solopreneur. Jackie B. Peterson is a fellow coach, consultant, and speaker based in Portland, Oregon.

Experience = Opportunity!

It’s official: more business are being started by people over 50 than by people in their … Finish reading

Over 50 and Open to Alternative Models of Employment? Become an Adjunct or On-Call Professional!

In previous posts I’ve encouraged job seekers over 50 years old to open their eyes and minds to other options for generating income than traditional employment. Consider other opportunities such as adjunct or on-call work.

Why Should I Consider Other Models of Employment?

According to an article last year in the Huffington Post, the longer older workers are unemployed the lower the odds they will find a job. Thus, it’s … Finish reading

Encore Career Choices with Laura Schlafly on Solo Pro Radio

Better, Smarter, Richer co-host Jackie B. Peterson talks with Encore Career Coach, Laura Schlafly, who helps boomers deciding where to go next when they’re in the middle of a tough transition. Laura knows how to successfully navigate career transitions. She helps her clients open their minds to their possibilities. Laura becomes a team member to help her clients find their new path so they don’t feel that they’re on their … Finish reading