“In times of economic stress and seemingly intractable social challenges, there is a need for fresh ideas and collaborative solutions. Older adults may provide just that. This largely untapped resource has much to offer—not just wisdom, but the practical experience and skills that can enrich families as well as work, educational and social settings.”
Paul Irving, Chairman, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging; Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California
“55+ in ATX: Job & Volunteer Fair” is a FREE event for both attendees and exhibitors. A first-time, city-wide effort, the goal of this expo is to match available jobs and volunteer opportunities with workers who are 55 and older. Click to see “55+ in ATX: Job & Volunteer Fair” flyer. Also, please REGISTER via our Eventbrite page to let us know you’re coming.
Our 53 exhibitors include employers looking for talented workers to fill full-time, part-time and contract positions – as well as organizations looking for volunteers. A few examples: Avis, H&R Block, Westminster Senior Living, Right at Home, Thinkery, Central Texas Food Bank, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, Austin Public Library, Macy’s, Walgreens, Wells Fargo, Small Business Administration and Longhorn Village.
Attendees include boomers and seniors eager to talk to potential employers and learn from knowledgeable speakers on a variety of topics:
- Kathy Lansford will talk about “Geezer Bias”: How to Overcome Age Discrimination During an Interview, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Kathy has helped thousands of job seekers find employment through her job as a Career Facilitator with Workforce Solutions where she teaches job search skill classes. She is also the founder and president of the Launch Pad Job Club, Austin’s oldest and largest networking and support group for job seekers.
- Craig Foster is founder and executive director of the Job Seekers Network, a nonprofit whose goal is helping job seekers find a better-fitting job…faster. He has 21 years of corporate work experience, with the last 11 years in executive management with Dell. Craig will present, LinkedIn: How to Find Jobs and Be Found at 10 a.m.
- Nonprofit association SCORE is dedicated to free small business advice, educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow and maintain their success. SCORE volunteers Laura Fowler and Jim Grimsley will present, Boomers Starting a Business at 10:30 a.m. Jim serves as SCORE president, and has a background in business management and consulting. Laura is the owner and Managing Shareholder of civil law firm The Fowler Law Firm P.C. She has co-authored seven books. Her most recent is Fearless Business Ownership, co-authored with her law partners, tax and business attorneys Adrian Van Zelfden and John Pearce.
- Marc Miller is the founder of Career Pivot, which helps baby boomers “design careers they can grow into for the next 30 years.” Marc authored the book, Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers, published in January 2013. He also authored Personal Branding for Baby Boomers: What It Is, How to Manage It and Why It’s No Longer Optional in September 2015. Marc’s presentation, Social Disruption – How the Job Search has Changed, takes place at 11 a.m.
- Lynne Milburn is a licensed career counselor and former director of UT’s Career Center. Her presentation, Back to Your Future: Accessing Your Right Brain to Help You Create a More Meaningful Career, will start at 11:30 a.m. Lynne says, “Too often people get stuck trying to identify work that is meaningful to them by utilizing only their left brain (e.g., taking career tests, reading about careers and searching job sites). This fun and interactive presentation will help you uncover and rediscover your life’s purpose by tapping into your more creative right brain.”
Sponsors: “55+ in ATX: Job & Volunteer Fair” is brought to you by the Jewish Community Center, Workforce Solutions – Capital Area, Jewish Family Service, AARP, Coming of Age – Austin, AustinUP and Atria at the Arboretum.