About Senior Entrepreneurship Works
To spearhead a global movement designed to change the negative paradigm of aging to one of positive social and economic opportunities by elevating and supporting through education, advocacy, capitalization and research senior entrepreneurs who with their wealth of experience, wisdom and resources - as the statistics document - are driving individual, community and global economic self-reliance and boosting prosperity for all ages.
Changing the negative paradigm of aging and amplifying the economic vitality of people 50+ is not just a social/cultural/human rights issue; it’s an unprecedented global economic opportunity.
Elizabeth Isele, Founder and President
Recognized globally - from the hallowed halls of Congress, the domes of Istanbul, the golden spires of Oxford University, and the cockpit of a vintage biplane - as a pioneering senior entrepreneurship expert, Elizabeth is leading the transformation of the culture of aging and retirement. She has created a comprehensive system designed to unleash the potential of seniors age 50+ to create and drive economic markets and generate social and environmental impact. Her passion (grounded in data and metrics) is contagious as she strives to eliminate the prevailing gloom and doom scenario that describes this huge demographic wave as a "silver tsunami" and replace it with the image of a "silver lining," yielding golden dividends.
Since January 2012, she has become the go-to person for all things regarding senior entrepreneurship (programs, policy, capitalization and research) for the White House, the US Congress, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI-America), the EU Commission on Entrepreneurship, the Federal Reserve, the CDFI Fund, the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the World Health Organization's (WHO) Age Friendly Cities initiative, Ashoka, and AARP, among many others.
Co-designer and key witness at the first ever US Senate Hearing on Senior Entrepreneurship in February, 2014, (C-span: http://www.c-span.org/video/?317772-1/hearing-on-senior-startups), Elizabeth also designed with the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) the first "50+ Entrepreneurs: New Engines for a New Economy Summit" in Washington, DC, 2012. She also helped design and lead the first ever Senior Entrepreneurship Summit in Puerto Rico in May 2014.
Elizabeth is a sought after speaker at major national and international government, philanthropic, academic, economic and positive aging convenings - in person and online through webinars such as the one she created for the Federal Reserve. Often quoted in publications such as the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, PBS, NPR and Bloomberg Newsweek, Elizabeth also writes on 50+ entrepreneurship for Forbes.com, PBS Next Avenue.org and on her blog at SavvySeniorsWork.com.
As a serial senior social entrepreneur, Elizabeth has dedicated her life to making social change happen: helping individuals find their voices and celebrate their cultures; creating innovative programs for those living at the edges of society so that they could become more self-reliant and active participants in their communities; and building innovative cross-sector collaborations to maximize social impact. She continually researches new, solution-based strategies, purposefully networking innovators, ideas, and values to generate new strategies for creating system change and social capital. Elizabeth believes we need to identify better ways for the social, policy, academic and private sectors to leverage each other's knowledge and build upon each other's success to increase our collective ability to positively impact the world.
Jeanne Sullivan, Chief Information Officer
Jeanne M. Sullivan has been investing in and growing tech companies for many years. She is presently the Founder of Sullivan Adventures, LLC, an advisory services firm to entrepreneurs. She is a Co-Founder of StarVest Partners which was formed in 1998 and created $400 million under management. Jeanne has over 23 years of venture capital experience and has spent 30 years in the technology sector encompassing both extensive operating and investing experience with technology companies. Ms. Sullivan has honed her trade creating “go to market” plans for early and expansion stage companies. Her expertise also includes strategy, a keen understanding of the technology landscape and industry trends. Prior to her venture experience, Jeanne gained her operating experience with AT&T and Bell Labs while serving in product and industry marketing roles. Her earliest business experience was in a marketing and production role at a large global advertising agency.
Ms. Sullivan is a sought-after industry speaker on the subject of empowering entrepreneurs from “startup” phase through the exit. She likes to share her experiences, gained by working with many entrepreneurs both in the US and globally, in a pithy and humorous style.
Jeanne serves on the board of the New York Venture Capital Association and is a newly invited member of the Women’s Leadership Board at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. She is also a newly named Entrepreneurship Fellow at Barnard College. Jeanne a serves as advisor for many organizations that work to “fund and fuel” women entrepreneurs and is on the Global Board of Trustees of Astia, an organization that empowers high growth women entrepreneurs. Forbes recently cited Sullivan as “one of the women VCs changing the world – grooming the next generation of female entrepreneurs”. The New York Angels organization honored Jeanne as the OPEL award winner for 2013 – Outstanding Professionals for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Michaela Murphy, Chief of Creativity and Storytelling
Michaela Murphy is a writer,performer, teacher, producer, and director.
Her work as a writer, playwright, and storyteller has been featured on NPR, Off-Broadway, The Moth main-stage, TEDX Barnard College for Women, The Clinton White House and in The New Yorker, while her talents as an interactive web specialist produced both measurable results and a 2009 Webby Honorable mention.
For the past twenty years Michaela has served as a brand conduit drawing on her audience expertise to help companies create brand loyalty, forge new markets, and meaningfully convey a brand’s message through dynamic and interactive engagement. Since 2004 she has written keynote speeches and coached corporate executives, start-ups, and college students for annual conventions, meetings, presentations and pitches.
Michaela has performed her stories with: The Moth NYC (Mainstage,National Storytelling Tour, Story Slams — three time winner— The Trio Network, 2006 National Tour), Hearsay, Fired!,Speakeasy Stories, Second Stage Theater(Off-Broadway Show,) The Atlantic Theater (with Lewis Black,) Studio 360 with Kurt Anderson, NPR’s All Things Considered, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Center for Architecture, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Lincoln Center.
Her acclaimed one-woman show (writer/performer) Something Blue (directed by Frances McDormand) premiered at Second Stage Theater (Off-Broadway), and was produced at both The Aspen Comedy Festival and Williamstown Theater Festival.
She is the recipient of the Joseph Papp artist-in-residency grant at Second Stage Theater in New York City where she founded the award-winning In the Door community outreach program and served as the theater’s Director of Education and Outreach (1996-2002). Michaela is a long standing member of The 52nd Street Project and has presided as guest artistic director to project replications at Yale University, Mercer College, Greyhills Academy (Navajo Nation), Bemidji State University (Chippewa Nation), and See/Hear Theater (London, UK).
She is author of more than twenty plays and has toured the US extensively performing for audiences of all ages, teaching playwriting and storytelling, and helping educators to enrich curriculum and classroom experiences through the arts.
Co-founder of Great Scout — a digital creative agency launched in Seattle in 2009 — she has also worked as a digital communications content strategist for both Microsoft (Advertising and Online) and HTC.
In 2013 Michaela helped to launch the Entrepreneurial Bootcamp at Barnard College guiding teenage girls through the process of launching their own start-ups and pitching their businesses to angel investors and venture capitalists.
Her clients include: Qwest International Fragrances, Estee Lauder, The Hood Center for Family Studies at Darmouth College, Yale University, The 52nd Street Project, Manhattan Theater Club, Second Stage Theater, The Taunton Press, REAL Networks and Track Research.
Donnetta Campbell, Chief Social Media Marketing and Communications Officer
Donnetta Campbell is a Social Media and PR expert for the “digital influencer” age. She is a seasoned PR and Communications executive with a long and successful track record for optimizing the digital influence of high-level executives and dynamic organizations. She has honed her skills as a trusted adviser to big thinkers, top academic professionals, C-Suite executives and many organizations who need her creative style to telegraph their important social impact and financial goals.
Donnetta has more than 20-plus years experience working for major Public Relations global agencies with top-level brands in HealthCare and Corporate Leadership Track. She is a consummate “connector” specializing in “earned influence personal brand building” for corporate digital platforms through her uniquely creative model of #SocialPR. She understands the value that today’s leaders must be connected – to consumers, clients, colleagues, media - with social touch points across all mobile & social platforms. Donnetta creates strong social influencers by orchestrating real time events and harnessing these events in Twitter campaigns and via all other forms of social media.
Deborah Gale, Affiliate Director, UK Operations
Deborah is our American/British dual national Ageing Aficionado. She spent her formative years and completed her undergraduate degree in northwest Pennsylvania before moving to Silicon Valley, working full time, while completing her MBA. This launched her career in international corporate treasury at Memorex Corporation and Apple Computer before she became a serial expat. During this period she honed her skills as a journalist, blogger and a radio broadcaster for BBC Berkshire and the World Service.
Deborah had five daughters in five years and moved back and forth across the Atlantic five times. Then, after successive attempts to return to full time productive employ were unproductive, she returned to academia to retrain and completed a second masters in Ageing and Public Policy at King's College, London. Using her own experience as a template, her dissertation was an Anglo-American comparative study of educated baby boomer mother managers who exited the work force during their childbearing years and their experiences in attempting to resume or commence new employment.
Now, as a gerontologist and research fellow for the BioCentre on Ethics, Deborah's interests lie in optimizing the experience and later life employability of the baby boomers (born 1946-1964) during the heady demographic transition currently underway. A reassessment and redefinition of how boomers will choose to age is the new narrative for the 21st C. This creates opportunities for senior entrepreneurship and enterprise and opens up pathways for advancing intergenerational connectivity through life long learning and reverse mentoring programs.
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