I have had a passion around “things Asian” since age 12. I cannot explain why, but I somehow became obsessed with my interest, which led to a BA in Japanese Studies, living for a time in Japan, and more recently led to Chinese language courses and a business in Asian language advertising. (see www.careerchoiceswithlaura.com/about). Career Choices with Laura is my career coaching business where I focus on helping Baby Boomers who want a meaningful second half of life that includes work bringing Passion, Purpose, and a Paycheck.
However, my own personal passion around Asian cultures still lives within me and so I share with you this video about Jenny Bowen because it’s a melding of the concept of an Encore Career that became a major force for good in orphanages all over China…..all because of Boomer Jenny Bowen’s compassion and resolute determination. Jenny and her husband Richard said “we felt compelled. We had to do something. We had to act.”
Jenny Bowen is the Founder and CEO of Half the Sky Foundation. She is also a 2011 Civic Ventures Purpose Prize Winner for Intergenerational Innovation, sponsored by AARP. Jenny is uplifting and transforming the lives of thousands of Chinese orphans, largely girls.
Re-deploying her talents
Jenny Bowen was an award-winning film maker, starting in 1982, and it was her experience in the movie business which proved useful when it came to navigating China’s complex political culture as she forged her way into the creation of Half the Sky www.halfthesky.org. Her tenacity and savvy eventually won over skeptical officials, who then became her partners.
Jenny was interviewed by Jane Pauley of The Today Show‘s Your Life Calling segment and you can view the interview at the video link below.
You can read much more about Jenny Bowen and her achievements at this link from Encore.org http://www.encore.org/jenny-bowen.
READERS: I WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS STORY, THIS “ENCORE” FOR JENNY BOWEN. COULD YOU DO SOMETHING SIMILAR IN THE NON-PROFIT ARENA, EVEN JUST AT YOUR LOCAL CIVIC LEVEL?
- Older Boomers Can Win $100,000 Purpose Prize (patcohen.wordpress.com)
- Jane Pauley: Her Opinion on What an Encore Career Is and Is Not (careerchoiceswithlaura.com)
- Behind the Scenes: Filming Jenny Bowen for Your Life Calling (aarp.org)
- Jenny Bowen honored for work with Chinese orphans (sfgate.com)