NEWS RELEASE: Mid-Life Game Changers — A Pace Panel on Encore Careers

The Encore Careers Town Hall will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Pace’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, One Pace Plaza.

Mid-Life Game Changers — A Pace Panel on Encore Careers

A Pace University Town Hall on Making a Difference in the Second Half of Life


Pace University and, a nonprofit promoting mid-life job shifts that serve the greater good,  are joining forces on Tuesday, Feb. 19, for an evening of interviews, panel discussions, and networking sessions to encourage professionals ready to change careers to find new occupations that could help change the world instead.

The Encore Careers Town Hall will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Pace’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, One Pace Plaza, entrance at 3 Spruce St.

Farai Chideya, an award-winning journalist and professor, will moderate a panel discussion with Marci Alboher, vice president of and author of  the recently published “Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life.” The book will be available at the Pace bookstore and Alboher will sign copies.

Pace President Stephen J. Friedman, an advocate and role model for encore careers, will open the evening’s program with insights and lessons learned from his own mid-life professional transition from senior partner and Co-Chair of the Corporate Department of Debevoise & Plimpton to Dean of Pace Law School, a position he held for three years before being named president of Pace University.

“This trend has the potential to be a new social norm much the way that the dream of the golden years, of a leisure-based retirement, was an aspiration for the generation before,” Alboher, a former New York Times career columnist, recently told the Associated Press. She will be interviewed on the Schimmel stage by Chideya, prior to the panel discussion.

Friedman sees such potential in the trend Alboher will outline during the town hall that a Pace Encore Career Transition Program is being planned for the near future. Still in development, the program is planned to include guiding participants through career transitions, helping develop ways to transfer professional skills to nonprofit organizations, and providing opportunities to explore these new careers through Pace’s relations with nonprofit and community organizations.

“Since 1906, Pace has been a leader in educating young people for the professions,” Friedman said. “The Pace Encore Career Transition Program represents a natural extension of our mission, offering the Pace advantage to an older generation in a new century.”

The panel discussion following Alboher’s interview will include Peter Johnson, Pace Lubin School graduate student and Fordham professor, Kate Felsen, Encore Fellow and vice president of communications at Turnaround for Children, Suwon Smith, college preparatory adviser with ReServe, and Mark Goldsmith, a social entrepreneur.

After questions from the audience, a networking session in the student union will include representatives from more than 10 organizations, including FEGS Health and Human Services, Five O’Clock Club, Human Resources Associations of New York, Idealist, Pace Career Services, Encore Fellows, The Transition Network, ReServe, and more.

In addition to his tenure at Debevoise & Plimpton LLC, Friedman has served as Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Capital Markets Policy at the United States Treasury Department, and as executive vice president and general counsel of the Equitable Companies Incorporated and the E.F. Hutton Group Inc. He was a U.S. Supreme Court law clerk for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., and Chairman emeritus of the American Ballet Theatre. Friedman also serves as a trustee of New York Downtown Hospital and the Practising Law Institute, and as a member-at-large of the executive board of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.

About Marci Alboher and In addition to her other work, Alboher is also the author of “One Person/Multiple Careers,” and created the Shifting Careers column and blog for The New York Times. Her work and commentary have been featured in countless national media outlets, including USA Today and NBC’s The Today show. has been dubbed “the nonprofit making it easier for millions of people to pursue second acts for the greater good.”

About Farai Chideya: Chideya has worked in print, radio, television, and online journalism at such media outlets as Newsweek, CNN, ABC News, MTV News, Oxygen Media, and NPR. She is a novelist and a graduate of Harvard College, where she earned her BA in English. Currently, she is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.

About Pace University: For more than 100 years, Pace has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Media contacts: Michael A. Oricchio, (212) 346-1117, in New York, or Cara Cea, (914) 906-9680, in Westchester County.

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