Paula Hart, Dallas TX
Executive Director, Encore Network

As Executive Director of Encore Network, Paula helps members create community, stimulate learning, and inspire action. She is passionate about being part of the encore movement and helping to transform the encore stage of life. 

Paula is a Business and Social Sector Executive with over 35 years of for-profit and nonprofit success in health care, human services, marketing and retail. She served for more than fourteen years as President/Chief Executive Officer of large mission-driven organizations, including Volunteers of America – Minnesota and Wisconsin, one of the Upper Midwest’s largest health and human services nonprofits. Paula has received many awards including The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Industry Leader award. She was recognized in October 2017 for her career achievements by Pollen and AARP, as one of the “50 Over 50” in Minnesota.

Paula holds a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University. She completed Stanford University’s Executive Education for Nonprofit Leaders program and holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Carleton College where she graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

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