As host of last evening’s presentation on “The New Retirement Model: Rewirement,” I was struck by how much the topic resonated with an audience of Ivy League graduates at our university club.  Were they there to explore how to navigate their 50s, 60s, and 70s as working, semi-retired, or retired professionals?

Comments focused on: how to compete with co-workers 20 years younger; how to feel a sense of community when no longer having the social aspects of the workplace; how to know one’s passions; how to re-purpose skills to feel productive again.  Words like depression, loneliness, stress were briefly uttered by a few in an audience clearly open to growth.  It was an unexpectedly candid, interactive evening for the audience and for their host!

How striking to witness the wisdom, experience, and discomfort that each person held in their inner narrative as Jeri Sedlar spoke of hope, finding passion, and community.  What, on the surface, could be considered another inspirational career transition presentation was seemingly tapping into deeper existential issues! 

Jeri Sedlar with Expressive Age

Jeri Sedlar was an ideal navigator for this journey, given her engaging, upbeat personality.  I’ve known her for a few years and we share similiar professional interests in career transition.  Afterwards, we spoke of the launch of Expressive Age and how career is a meaningful form of expression that resonates with many.  We agreed that I would interview her for Expressive Age in the future.

Jeri and her husband Rick are a dynamic duo who have just published the Third Edition of “Don’t Retire REWIRE.”  Their message is clear: retiring is going from, rewiring is going to.

For my Expressive Age audience, I ask you: where are you going to?