OUR VISION

Connect

Learn

Impact

Our vision is a global culture where older adults are vital contributors to more engaged and equitable societies.

Mission

The Encore Network is a coalition of leaders who champion the civic, social, and economic contributions of people 50+ by creating community, stimulating learning, and inspiring action to transform the encore stage of life.

Core Values

DIVERSITY

We seek to broaden the ethnic, racial, gender, religious, age, sexual orientation, and socio-economic makeup of our network.

INCLUSION

We foster a trusting environment in which all are respected and engaged in the pursuit of our mission.

EQUITY

We nurture an environment where all are empowered to be their authentic selves and fully contribute.

COLLABORATION

We harness the power of working together to achieve peer-driven outcomes.

COMMUNITY 

We convene a variety of voices and perspectives in service to all.

INNOVATION

We take risks, experiment, and embrace change to find new and better ways to achieve our mission.

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 Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC). The Network will continue collaborating with Encore.org to advance the encore movement.

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

  • Chair Janine VanderburgDirector and Chief Catalyst, Changing the Narrative Colorado
  • Secretary/Treasurer Noreen Willhelm, Senior Fellow, Dayton Foundation Del Mar Encore Fellows Program
  • Lenora Inez Brown, Senior Fellow, Cleveland Leadership Center, Director of Advanced Leadership Institute: Inspired by Carl and Louis Stokes
  • Susan Collins, Former 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