Journalist Jane Pauley will share how baby boomers can add value to their lives

BY: Brandon Brown │ Reporter-Phoenix Business Journal

Journalist Jane Pauley will speak at a luncheon Oct. 27 about how baby boomers can get the most out of the second half of their lives.

The event, which is being put on by Experience Matters, will be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix.

The “NBC Nightly News” anchor recently wrote a book titled “Your Life Calling,” which tells stories of baby boomers who are taking advantage of their past experiences and the health and vitality that 50-year-olds now have. Pauley will have a conversation with Lester Strong, AARP Experience Corps vice president and CEO.

After seeing Pauley speak at another event, Nora Hannah, CEO of Experience Matters, approached Pauley and her representatives and asked if she would speak at an Experience Matters event in Phoenix.

“(Pauley) saw the alignment between our causes,” Hannah said.

Experience Matters is an organization that connects middle-aged individuals with nonprofit organizations and uses their talents to best meet the demands of the nonprofits. On a regular basis, Hannah said the organization brings in authors and speakers to talk about the baby boomer generation being more engaged in the community.

“Baby boomers totally identify with our organization and our goals,” Hannah said. “Working together, we can harness the talents and skills of a generation to build a stronger, more vibrant community.”

The event will also honor people who have volunteered with Experience Matters, as well as Intel Corp., for its program that transitions employees 55 and older into work in the nonprofit sector. As part of the program, Experience Matters will announce the winner of its “Booming with Purpose: Tell Us Your Story” competition. The contest will highlight participants who submit stories, videos and slideshows demonstrating the ways they have made an impact in Arizona as part of their “second act.”

Five finalists will attend the luncheon and the winner will share his or her story on stage with Pauley. Deadline for submitting nominations to the Experience Matters’ website is Oct. 13.

“The Phoenix Business Journal is proud to support Experience Matters and the ‘Conversation with Jane Pauley event,’” said Ray Schey, publisher of the Business Journal,which is the media sponsor for the program. “We recognize and appreciate the important work Experience Matters provides to the many organizations it serves.”

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