A Next For Me Event – San Francisco

We convened our first public event in San Francisco on October 23, 2018. We enjoyed a luxe setting thanks to our partner WowFifty and the amazing team at Werqwise. Along with partners Sivernest, Age Without Borders, and New Retirement we had a fascinating cross section of companies working in what seems to be an exploding “industry.”

The presentations and guests concisely laid out the state of our 50+ generation. Then a very interactive and authentic conversation commenced about work, financial health, life transitions and purpose. It was heady, for sure, but by the end of the evening there was an enthusiasm and agreement that some sort of movement would evolve from all of this.

People were from all walks of life and in different stages of thinking about the future and what they would do about it today.

We were so pleased that members of encore.org attended. Their work in facilitating intergenerational connections is something we are in full support of. Check it out.

Encore.org is a innovation hub tapping the talent of people 50+ as a force for good.

It was also nice to meet a Fellow from Stanford’s Center on Longevity.

The mission of the Stanford Center on Longevity is to accelerate and implement scientific discoveries, technological advances, behavioral practices, and social norms so that century long lives are healthy and rewarding.

If you’d like to host or attend a Next For Me event – find out more here.


Watch videos from the event.

Chip Conley

The Modern Elder

Author of Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder

At age 52, after selling the company he founded and ran as CEO for 24 years, rebel boutique hotelier Chip Conley was looking at an open horizon in midlife. Then he received a call from the young founders of Airbnb, asking him to help grow their disruptive start-up into a global hospitality giant. He had the industry experience, but Conley was lacking in the digital fluency of his 20-something colleagues. He didn’t write code, or have an Uber or Lyft app on his phone, was twice the age of the average Airbnb employee, and would be reporting to a CEO young enough to be his son. Conley quickly discovered that while he’d been hired as a teacher and mentor, he was also in many ways a student and intern. What emerged is the secret to thriving as a mid-life worker: learning to marry wisdom and experience with curiosity, a beginner’s mind, and a willingness to evolve, all hallmarks of the “Modern Elder.”

Sally Abrahms

The Interconnectedness of Decisions after 50

Sally Abrahms is an award-winning writer focusing on 50+ topics including family caregiving, baby boomers, boomer and senior living and housing, and aging in place technology. She has contributed to the books ‘Not Your Mother’s Retirement’, ’80 Things To Do When You Turn 80′, and ‘Where We Live: 100+ Communities for All Ages’. She is a contributor to the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, AARP and many others on the topic of the gray tsunami.

She is also the author of ‘What Every Woman Should Know About Divorce and Custody’ and “Children in the Crossfire. 

Karen Wickre

Taking the Work out of Networking

Karen Wickre

Silicon Valley veteran Karen Wickre is the former Editorial Director at Twitter, where she landed after a decade-long career at Google. An advisor to startups and a lifelong information seeker, she is a member of the Board of Visitors for the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University, and serves on the boards of the International Center for Journalists, the News Literacy Project, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has been a featured columnist for Wired.com and is a cofounder of Newsgeist, an annual gathering conference fostering new approaches to news and information. She is the author of Taking the Work Out of Networking and lives in San Francisco.


Many thanks to our co-hosts

Home Sharing for Boomers and Empty Nesters

Silvernest matches homeowners with compatible housemates for long-term

home sharing. By renting out their unused space,

homeowners can generate extra income and remain in their homes longer.



Age Without Borders

Showcasing Global Trends for Proactive Aging

We collaborate with clients on the cutting edge of the longevity economy.

Together, we are building a movement to redefine aging

as a commitment to never stop growing.

Social & Entrepreneurial work space for age 50+

WowFifty aims to bring your experience, knowledge and skills together

to do something meaningful — pursue a passion and make your dreams come true.

Everyone is worried about how to pay for retirement and wants to know “Do I have enough?” Most people don’t trust existing financial service providers for good reason — high fees, low transparency and misalignment.

New Retirement is a new way to organize your financial picture, see into your future, and explore all the opportunities to build the life you want to live.



Golden Gate Bridge photo by: Florian Plag on Flickr