Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy Presents:

Boomer Conference 2018:

Creating Your Next Chapter with Joy and Purpose

Thursday, February 1

This all-day event features speakers, roundtables, and networking sessions offering a host of useful strategies on retirement’s social, financial and practical implications.


(Sarasota-Manatee) According to the AARP, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every single day. Although they’ve reached retirement age, many are unprepared, both financially and emotionally. Ringling College of Lifelong Learning will address this issue with its upcoming Boomer Conference 2018: Creating Your Next Chapter with Joy and Purpose, Thursday, February 1, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. General admission is $109; $98 for members. The fee includes a light breakfast and a boxed lunch and a full day of presentations by nationally recognized speakers. Pre-registration is required. No event refunds. Tickets are transferrable. To register, call 941-309-5111, or visit www.rclla.org.

According to RCLLA’s executive director, Janna Overstreet, the Boomer Conference serves as a “retirement toolbox.” Its speakers, roundtables, and networking sessions offer a host of useful strategies on retirement’s social, and psychological implications. “Our sense of purpose often centers on our careers,” says Overstreet. “When we retire, how do we bring purpose back to our lives? Retirement brings a bounty of emotions—some good and some not so good. We invite you to join us to learn how to thrive during this exciting transition.”

Conference speakers include keynote speaker, Nancy K. Schlossberg, and workshop presenters, Louise Gallagher, Dr. David Klain, Andrea R. Nierenberg, Debbie Drinkard Grovum, and Susan M. Larson.  


The Boomer Conference 2018 schedule of events includes:


Keynote Speaker: “The Social and Psychological Aspects of Retirement” with Nancy K. Schlossberg: Tales of retirement range from those who feel that “retirement is hollow” to those excited about new possibilities. To tip the scale in favor of excitement, this workshop will highlight those factors that can make a difference and lead to retirement happiness. Dr. Nancy K. Schlossberg is Professor Emerita of Counseling and Personnel Services at the University of Maryland. Dr. Schlossberg previously served on the faculties of Wayne State University, Howard University, and Pratt Institute. She was the first woman executive at the American Council of Education (ACE) where she established the Office of Women in Higher Education (1973). She later served as a Senior Fellow at ACE’s Center on Adult Learning. She has published nine books including the bestsellers Revitalizing Retirement: Reshaping Your Identity, Relationships, and Purpose and Retire Smart, Retire Happy: Finding Your True Path.

Session One: “From Retirement to Rediscovery” with Louise Gallagher and Dr. David Klain: Retirement is a new chapter in one’s life.  Many of us look forward to the day when we can leave work behind and begin to do the things we want to do when we want to do it. Once we arrive on the doorstep to retirement, the journey begins. This workshop will focus on the experience and transition of retirement as a phase in one’s life.  Participants will begin to see the importance and meaning of “rediscovery” at this important crossroads in your life. Louise Gallagher is a certified life coach who retired from a 25-year psychotherapy practice in Modesto, CA. She has a master’s in counseling from Cal State Fullerton and attended the University of Southern California and the University of the Pacific for doctoral work. Dr. David Klain is a graduate of Indiana University Medical School. He worked as a neonatologist at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, CA, developing the nurse practitioner program for the NICU. He also spent many hours counseling families and staff. David recently became a certified professional coach.

Session Two: “Enhancing Your Networking Skills as a Boomer to Make It the Time of Your Life” with Andrea Nierenberg. Many of us had a built-in network and support team of friends and colleagues through our careers. Suddenly the structure goes away and now we have the time to connect with new friends to do the things we were always too busy to do when we were working. How do we start? What do we do and how do we manage the time and structure of it all? Let’s discuss the tips and techniques of networking to expand and grow in all phases of our social interactions. Andrea R. Nierenberg, executive coach, is the founder and president of The Nierenberg Consulting Group, a sales and marketing consulting firm. She is also the author of five business books.

Session Three: “Planning for Your Future” with Debbie Drinkard Grovum and Susan Larson. Open the door to new possibilities and expand your options by planning your next steps. This session will give you the opportunity to identify and share your most meaningful take-aways from the day and develop a plan to act on those take-aways. Debbie Drinkard Grovum, a board-certified coach, counselor and educator, helps people live with meaning and vitality in the second half of life. She teaches and gives presentations on topics such as successful aging, brain health, encore careers, retirement planning and living intentionally. Her retirement lifestyle blogs appear in Boomer-Living.com, RetireUSA.net, and her website, Ageinista.com. Susan Larson earned a M.Ed. degree from University of Miami and is a nationally-certified career counselor. She specializes in life planning, reinvention and transition for adults 50-plus and provides resources and support for optimal aging.


About Ringling Lifelong Learning Academy

As private, not-for-profits, both the Lifelong Learning Academy and Pierian Spring Academy served the Sarasota-Manatee region for almost 20 years growing lifelong learning program offerings in number and variety as the demand for services grew. Now they have combined forces with Ringling College of Art and Design to become Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy, offering educational opportunities for adults to pursue new interests, expand intellectual horizons, and enrich their lives. Courses cover a wide range of stimulating topics and are taught by scholars, retired faculty members, and professional practitioners. Courses are taught in an engaging, collaborative manner where learning results in the development of civic awareness, ongoing learning communities of peers, and intellectual and cultural connections to our communities. Visit www.rclla.org.


About Ringling College of Art and Design

For 85 years, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated the creative spirit in students from around the globe. The private, not-for-profit fully accredited college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 11 disciplines and the Bachelor of Arts in two. The College’s rigorous curriculum employs the studio model of teaching and immediately engages students through a comprehensive, first-year program that is both specific to the major of study and focused on the liberal arts. The Ringling College teaching model ultimately shapes students into highly employable and globally aware artists and designers. www.ringling.edu.