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ReinventionWorks Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA • March 11, 2015

3/11/15 - Reinvention Works After 45:An Interactive Workshop to Connect, Explore, & Pursue Career Reinvention in 2015What: A one-evening event in Philadelphia for individuals to explore the process...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

WHYY Lincoln Financial Digital Studio (back entrance)
7th St, between Arch & Race Sts
WHYY Public Media Commons
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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3/11/15 - Reinvention Works After 45:

An Interactive Workshop to Connect, Explore, & Pursue Career Reinvention in 2015

What: A one-evening event in Philadelphia for individuals to explore the process of reinventing oneself and one's career path mid-life as informed bya panel of "Reinventionists" who have successfully done so. The program also includes a round-robin "Speed Reinvention" portion, where attendees can get direct advice from the Reinventionists to help them decide if Reinvention is right for them and how-to's to set them on their course of action. The event will close with a keynote by Stephen Tang, President & Chief Executive Officer at the University City Science Center, himself a multi-time Reinventionist who will talk about the "Power of the Pivot."

Details about the event can be found at

Details about the program agenda can be found at!schedule/

Why:Reinvention is a choice. Reinvention is deliberate and intentional. The choice to reinvent make be precipitated by forced change, but an individual doesn't have to reinvent in the face of change. Factual circumstances leading to Reinvention include:

  • -From 2008 – 2012, 10.2 million Americans lost their jobs due to layoffs.
  • -In 2013, fewer than half of all employed Americans were satisfied with their jobs, a figure amounting to roughly 60 million dissatisfied workers.
  • -Each day 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65, the equivalent of 3.6 million per year or 68.4 million by 2030. But Boomers are not yet ready to retire. By 2020, workers age 55+ will account for 25% of the U.S. labor force, up from just 13% in 2000.
  • -51% of all new U.S. small businesses were started by people over the age of 50; from 2008 – 2011, 1.2 million new businesses were started, which means that 612,000 new businesses during this time were started by people over 50. Workers age 65 and over have the highest rate of self-employment of any other group in the labor force.

It's undeniable that Americans in the mid-term of their careers have multiple conditions that can trigger Reinvention.The ReinventionWorks Philly workshop will explore and inform reinvention candidates what they should consider, how to find inspiration, what to expect the reinvention process will be like, and how to pursue the goal of Reinvention.

Who:ReinventionWorks Philly is the creation of host and moderator, Hollis Thomases, a serial Reinventor, award-winning entrepreneur, industry pioneer, reformed marketer, columnist, speaker, and book author. A Delawarean, She is joined on stage by a panel comprised of other formidable local-area Reinventionists:

  • -Steve Grasse, former ad agency founder turned maverick creator of such products as Hendricks Gin,Sailor Jerry Rum, and Art in the Age Spirits. His Philadelphia-based company, Quaker City Mercantile is described as "a hybrid of 19th century mercantilism and 21st century brand artistry."
  • -Lynn Bardowski, former corporate saleswoman, Lynn left her job 25 years ago for the tug of entrepreneurialism. She successfully created a million-dollar business, and today as a much-lauded author and influencer, Lynn teaches women how to step into their power by creating and communicating their vision. Lynn hails from Southern New Jersey.
  • -Jim Lee is Delaware's only certified futurist. For his insights into future trends, Jim has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, has spoken at TEDx, and is a frequent guest speaker at Greater Philadelphia-area events. The author of Resilience and the Future of Everyday Life and founder of StratFi, Jim advises clients on emerging technologies and social trends likely to impact the future.
  • -Andrew Buerger, ran a successful, regional, family-owned Baltimore-area publishing business for 15 years, and then underwent a major reinvention, co-founding B'more Organic, a producer and bottler of organic skyr (Icelandic-style yogurt) smoothies, with his wife.
  • -Ron Kander is Executive Dean of Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce at Philadelphia University where he leads the school's mission to push students to think beyond the boundaries of existing disciplines and focus on market-driven innovation through teamwork, collaboration and connections. Prior to joining academia, Ron was employed by E. I. DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware as a Senior Engineer.
  • -Mike March hails from York, PA and serves on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Angel Network among others. He is a Senior Partner at Clark Leadership, an entrepreneur with extensive experience in both service and manufacturing ventures,an investor in several growth stage and start-up ventures, and a faculty instructor at the Graham School of Business at York College of Pennsylvania.

More information about the keynote and the panelists can be found at!speakers.

When:Wednesday, March 11th, 2015, 5:30 – 8:00pm

To participate and register, attendees should go to!register

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