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JIM EMERMAN is executive vice president of In 2005 at age fifty-five, he took a (small) leap into the unknown. After a career of more than twenty-five years in university and nonprofit development and operations, he decided to try something new. Leaving his position as chief of operations at a national association of professionals working in aging, he started up what has become a $17 million initiative to change a pervasive social narrative: that older adults were on a downhill trajectory, that their best work was behind them, and that only the young possessed the drive and creativity to become change makers in solving our country's biggest challenges.

The Purpose Prize became the first (and still only) major prize recognizing social innovators over the age of sixty. Its five annual winners each receive $100,000 and have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, NPR, PBS NewsHour, the Oprah Network, and many more major media outlets. Today, Jim oversees the nonprofit's broader mission of building a movement of millions who are dedicating themselves to encore careers or second acts for the greater good.'s ultimate goal: to produce a windfall of human talent to help solve society's greatest problems. Through an inventive program portfolio, original research, strategic alliances, and the power of people's own life stories, demonstrates the value of experience in solving serious social problems from education to the environment, health care to homelessness.

I will talk about how I discovered my encore career and how you, too, can find a second act for the greater good.

Click here for his presentation notes.
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