Community Impact

A world that views experienced adults as an invaluable human resource for improving communities and later life as a time of opportunity.


We view the world’s rapidly aging population as an opportunity: an experience dividend for solving significant social problems. Network members are dedicated to making this  vision a reality for more people in more places. 

On the Ground

The Encore Network connects small and large organizations and new and longstanding leaders from different geographies, constituencies and missions to:

  • Learn about innovations,  trends and what’s working.
  • Offer extra visibility, new resources, and potential collaborators to fuel program growth. 
  • Change perceptions of older adults through advocacy, effective messages, programs, and storytelling.

Core Values

  • We connect around shared interests while also pursuing our individual missions.
  • We create win-wins through collaboration.
  • We leverage local ideas globally and global ideas locally.
  • We value experimentation and learning.
  • We view our variations in program and focus as a strength; good ideas can come from anywhere in the Network.

Our Story

Since its 2011 launch, the Encore Network has grown from an ad hoc group of innovators to a significant force in the encore movement. That growth has been powered by members’ deep experience and commitment, with strong support from Encore.org. Key successes include:

  • Powerful connections:  The Network strengthens its members’ visibility and effectiveness by:
    • Developing shared action opportunities in regions and states like Ohio.
    • Leveraging member volunteer platforms, ebooks, program content, tools and other resources.
    • Engaging local audiences in national conversations through book tours by Encore.org leaders Marc Freedman and Marci Alboher.
  • Resources and Research: Network members developed resources including the Encore Talent Works toolkit, contributed to research projects including the Encore Impact Study (2015) and Pathways to Purpose (2018), and leveraged leaders’ expertise through resources like the Framework’s Institute Reframing Aging toolkit.
  • Collective Action and Impact:  In connection with the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, Network members collaborated to highlight the value of older adult experience through regional forums and shared messages.

In October 2020, the Network will transition from being an Encore.org program to operating independently under the fiscal sponsorship of Inspiring Service. The Network will continue collaborating with Encore.org to advance the encore movement.

Network Leadership   

Betsy Werley leads the Encore Network. She joined Encore.org in 2013 after her first encore as Executive Director of The Transition Network. Betsy spent 26 years as a corporate lawyer and a business executive at JPMorgan Chase. Her experience as President of the Financial Women’s Association was the catalyst for her move to the nonprofit sector; Betsy continues there in a volunteer role, leading the FWA’s Baruch College mentoring program.

Our work is guided by a Leadership Council of Network members:

  • Chair Janine VanderburgLead Consultant, Changing the Narrative Colorado
  • Secretary/Treasurer Noreen Willhelm, Senior Fellow, Dayton Foundation Del Mar Encore Fellows ProgramLeadership Council members
  • Lenora Inez Brown, Senior Fellow, Cleveland Leadership Center, Director of Advanced Leadership Institute: Inspired by Carl and Louis Stokes
  • Susan Collins, Executive Director, The Transition Network
  • Doug Dickson, Chair, Encore Boston Network
  • David Garvey, Encore!Connecticut lead
  • Kathy Hallissey, Program Leader, Leadership Development, Cleveland Foundation
  • Rimas JasinExecutive Director, PSS 
  • Bevan Gray Rogel, Founder and President, Encore Tampa Bay
  • Kate Schaefers, Executive Director, University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Institute
  • Paul Weiss, President, Oasis Institute
  • Craig Young, Founder and Executive Director, Inspiring Service

Member Spotlights

Vitality Society

Vitality Society

Our proprietary 8-principle membership program is all about helping people 60 and better create a vitality pathway to positivity, purpose and pleasure.



EngAGE changes lives by transforming affordable senior and multigenerational apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity.

The Oasis Institute

The Oasis Institute

Oasis promotes healthy aging through lifelong learning, active lifestyles and volunteer engagement. Participants build social connections and find new ways to serve their communities and make the most of this time of life.

Encore Boston Network

Encore Boston Network

More than 50 nonprofits, employers, program operators, matchmakers, government agencies, advocates, academics, journalists & others join together to strengthen communities in Eastern Massachusetts by engaging the talents of adults 50+.

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