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Pace Encore Transition Programs

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Pace University's revamped programs are transforming midlife and beyond.

Published March 2015. For current program information, visit

The Pace Encore Transition Executive Program, conceived by President Stephen J. Friedman, is beginning its second successful year of helping people in midlife and beyond explore encore careers—second acts for the greater good in the nonprofit and public service sectors. Whether full- or part-time, project-based, paid, or volunteer, an encore career enables men and women to put their skills and experience to work in roles that address important social needs.

According to research by, 4.5 million Americans are in encore careers that combine personal fulfillment and continued income with social purpose; and 25 million more are interested in joining them. Imagine waking up in the morning and going off to work that helps children brighten the drab walls of their schools, vulnerable youths overcome obstacles to attending college, or veterans find accessible housing—all because you helped them do it!

In addition to the Encore Transition Executive Program, which has completed five sessions and has nearly 60 alumni—many in exciting new jobs and fellowships—Pace is offering an Encore Transition Corporate Program to introduce retired and retirement-eligible employees to the wealth of opportunities in nonprofit organizations that need their skills and experience. And professional groups and associations may also avail themselves of Pace’s encore transition planning and preparation, starting with customized introductory sessions and workshops.

Both Pace Encore Transition programs offer the following benefits to people seeking new opportunities in the second half of life:

  • >>Inclusion in a network of like-minded people who are also exploring their next steps;
  • >>A better understanding of personal values, goals, experience, and transferrable skills;
  • >>Knowledge of the nonprofit culture and how they may use their skills and experience to help organizations accomplish their missions;
  • >>Introductions to nonprofit leaders, career coaches, encore role models, and recruitment professionals;
  • >>An indispensable database of resources to help identify and pursue purposeful and fulfilling projects, jobs, and careers; and
  • >>Tools to design a strategy for defining and achieving personal goals for a meaningful second half of life.

For those wishing to remain active and involved, and who have the desire to help make the world a better place, the Pace Encore Transition programs are where to begin. Sessions begin March 16. To learn more, e-mail program director Joan Tucker at or visit