Jan has been a driving force in the encore movement. In 2006, she was named National Purpose Prize Fellow. In 2004, she founded the “Vital Aging Network” in Minneapolis. In 2006, co-founded “Shift” a non profit that empowered older adults to find meaning as social entrepreneurs.
Jan’s latest efforts led to a collaboration with Moira Allen to start “Pass It ON Network”, a global network of encore leaders to exchange ideas and innovative programs. Jan also received her PHD at 69! Jan’s mantra is “Meaningful work, paid or
unpaid, through the last breath.” Jan is a founding member of the Encore Network.