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In Search of Purpose, Passion, and a Paycheck: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life

Please join us at this informative panel presentation:

In Search of Purpose, Passion, and a Paycheck: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life
Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 4 to 6 p.m.
The New York Public Library

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street (Map and directions)
Fully accessible to wheelchairs
For more information: 212-340-0951

Hear from people in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond who have transitioned to social purpose careers, and learn how to position yourself for a meaningful encore career. Speakers will include representatives from Coming of Age: NYC and several inspiring Purpose Prize winners who, in their encore careers, are creating new ways to solve tough social problems. The moderator will be Suzanne Braun Levine, a Civic Ventures board member, founding editor of Ms. magazine, and author.

There is no charge — but seating is limited and on a “first come, first seated” basis.


Suzanne Braun Levine is a writer, editor, and nationally recognized authority on women and family issues, and media. She has chronicled and fostered change in women’s lives as the first editor of Ms. magazine and as a current contributing editor of More magazine. She is a lecturer, appears frequently on television, and serves as an advisor to several women’s and media groups, and organizations dealing with midlife issues.

She has defined a new stage of life — Women in Second Adulthood — and reports on the ongoing changes in women’s lives both in her books and on her website at

Her latest book, Fifty is the New Fifty: 10 Life Lessons for Women in Second Adulthood (Viking, April 2009), continues the conversation Suzanne began with Inventing the Rest of Our Lives (Viking, June 2005). That groundbreaking book ignited a national conversation about women in second adulthood — the vibrant and empowering new stage of life that more than 37 million women are defining by living it.


Carole Artigiani Founder, Global Kids
Purpose Prize Fellow 2006 and 2007

A former educator, Carole Artigiani became convinced that global education and social action were effective vehicles for developing young leaders and effective citizens and also for boosting academic and personal success. In 1991, at age 50, she founded Global Kids, which provides youth with opportunities to develop sophisticated leadership skills, learn from international affairs experts, conduct research, and develop and lead initiatives addressing such issues as human rights, global health, and ethnic conflict. As a result, over 90 percent of Global Kids participants, once labelled at risk of dropping out of school, annually graduate from high school and go on to college, become campus leaders, and continue to conduct service and action projects focused on global and community issues. 

Mark Goldsmith Founder, Getting Out and Staying Out
Purpose Prize Winner 2008

After marketing executive Mark Goldsmith volunteered to be "Principal for a Day" at Rikers Island prison, he began an encore career helping young men plan for life after prison. In 2003, he launched Getting Out and Staying Out to offer inmates coaching, life-skill instruction, educational guidance, and job-achievement support.

Emira Habiby-Browne Founder, Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans
Purpose Prize Fellow 2009

At age 51, Emira Habiby-Browne — a Palestinian immigrant and social services professional — founded a social service agency in New York to address the needs of the growing Arabic-speaking immigrant community. After 9/11, Browne became a leading community advocate for those traumatized by the backlash of discrimination, racial profiling, detentions, and deportations. In 2006, Browne founded a second organization, the Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans (CIANA), which utilizes integration services designed specifically for immigrants and refugees from the largely Muslim societies.

Daniel Luhata Shungu Founder and Executive Director, United Front Against Riverblindness
Purpose Prize Fellow 2010

After a career with drug manufacturer Merck & Co., Daniel Luhata Shungu retired in 2002 to focus on eradicating onchocerciasis — also known as “river blindness” — a parasitic disease associated with irreversible blindness, severe itching, reduced life span, lizard-like skin, and serious socioeconomic problems. Shungu’s United Front Against Riverblindness puts free medicine in the hands of local communities through designated community distributors.

Rimas J. Jasin Executive Director, Presbyterian Senior Services (PSS); Founder, Coming of Age: NYC

Rimas J. Jasin has over 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience, with an extensive background in the field of aging. He has held executive positions at a number of nonprofits and national voluntary health organizations, and he has also serves on numerous professional and nonprofit boards. In 2010, he began working with the national office of Coming of Age to establish the program here in NYC. The initiative currently consists of innovative and diverse nonprofit agencies partnering together, including:

With generous support from founding sponsor EmblemHealth, Coming of Age: NYC looks forward to officially launching on July 1, 2011.

This special presentation on June 29 is cosponsored by

Coming of Age: NYC is a new establishment of a national initiative designed to help individuals 50+ connect and contribute to their communities. Its goal is to build the capacity of organizations to utilize the skills, passions, and interests of people 50+ to further their mission and revitalize communities. Learn more about Coming of Age: NYC at


The Encore Careers campaign and The Purpose Prize are initiatives of Civic Ventures, a think tank on boomers, work and social purpose. Find out more at .

Special thanks to The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation for underwriting this event.


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