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 Testamonial:  Georgian's workshop, "Advice to Your Younger Self:  Celebrate Your Story" at the 2015 Connecticut Women's Conference was very well received.  Each attendee came away with newly discovered energy and courage to take on life's transitions.  Her workshop was the perfect follow-up to our morning program, "Unleash Your Inner Hero!" 

Joanne Gustafson, President, Connecticut Women's Alliance.


Workshop Offerings Include: 

Your Next 20 Years - A Workshop for Midlife Career Women

Develop realistic hope for earning as we age; address 'what if' scenarios; catalog transferable skills and talents; explore opportunities to do what you always wanted!





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Mister Ed, Lucy, Mom & Me is a booklet that shares how watching '60s sitcoms with my Mom helped lighten the caregiving experience.  Available on Amazon.



Insights & Observations

 Welcome! Note the tabs on top -- Content Writing highlights my business services for companies of all sizes.  The "Working Women" section offers services and ideas to help summon our creativity in every phase of our careers.  In the "Ponder That" section I comment on current news items and emerging trends.  In the "Tips" section I offer workplace advice and reminders. "About Me" is just that. "Mid LIFE Matters" has segments from my public tv show.   "The Ryan Group" tab offers access to an astounding set of organizational improvement services.

Below are two managment e-books I authored for retaining talent:


Read these E-Books  in 2 hours at Work!

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Below are shots of inspiration for experienced working women: 


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 "Mid LIFE Matters" - Wallingford Public TV

 I host a half-hour show on WPAA-TV celebrating women's wisdom and wit.  Fascinating women share their stories and growth mindsets:  Segments are under the MidLIFE Matters tab on this site and on You Tube, under my name.

I am honored to win the 2016 Community Media Rika Welch leadership award for community impact; a testimony to the Guests who shared their stories on MidLIFE Matters



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E-Book Webinars & Workshops

Thank you to Joan Lahti, Ph.D., of Get To The Point Books for sponsoring a 45-minute webinar on my e-book, Are Your Star Performers Packing Their Bags?  How to Persuade Them to Stay.  Participants from across the country (and globe) reflected on their own retention tactics, and saw how to navigate this user-friendly workbook approach.   I offer similar sessions -- in person, online, or using blended technology, for any size group.  Contact Joan for a reference:







Boomers Get a Second Look


Boomers ain't dead yet!  Advertisers are discovering we still have purchasing power, and are now  pitching products to our overlooked group.  We working women know who makes most of the buying decisions, especially if we are part of the Sandwich Generation.  Maybe all it means is that we will get more special invitations for credit cards, but it is satisfying to know that the 'vital' marketing population no longer drops off the cliff at 49.


This shift is another example of why wise, older workers should be part of every organization - helps keep the blinders off the hip up-and-comers!  We are all needed. 


Mother's Little Helpers


Women 40-59 are the heaviest users of antidepressants, as reported in a recent article in Prevention magazine by Katherine Sharpe -- and many started as a way to keep their cool in the midst of complicated lives (June, 2014).  As some of the women interviewed reflected, it was not so much a strive for perfection as a matter of staying sane with mulitple responsibilities.

Upon learning that  a young celebrity said she is not a feminist during a Time magazine interview, I wondered if she's been duped into thinking women have achieved equality.  Working and caregiving can leave the strongest woman feeling overwhelmed, and the ones who benefit the most are the drug manufacturers.

We need to make more progress to enable women to craft reasonable lives, where they can achieve professional goals and still have families.


Bringing Up Baby



Just in time for Mother's Day -- Japan's Prime Minister launched a campaign to encourage men to take active roles in child rearing - the Ikumen Project.  The thinking is that if men take paternity leave, more mothers will return to the workforce -- and everyone wins!  The project states that "the entire society will likely grow to become more prosperous."  America, are we listening? 

(Source:  The Hartford Courant; World & Nation; Blomberg News -  4/28/14)



Aging With Girlfriends


Gloria Steinem rode an elephant for her 80th birthday -- so her adventures continue.  She reflects that rather than having done things differently, she would have done them much faster.  Celebrated for her 'gift of emphathy', Gloria cherishes her women friends.  One friend, Robin Morgan,  says "I notice we all sort of cling to each other more -- we say 'I love you' at the end of conversations.  We call to say 'It's very cold out -- did you wear an extra scarf?'  There's a lot of tenderness."

Three cheers for Gloria on her 80th birthday -- and a big hurrah for the power of women's friendships.

Source:  "This Is What 80 Looks Like" by Gail Collins, NYT 3/23/14



Savoring a 3rd Career

Hooray for Christine Henck of Maryland - at 57 she launched a third career as a licensed massage therapist, and at 62 is thriving.  After being a commercial property manager and stay-at-home mom,  she now sees clients in what was her children's playroom. 


She's not alone  -- about 60% of retirees take on part-time jobs --often changing occupations and becoming self-employed.  In the NYT article "An Aging Population Also Poses Opportunities for Retirement Careers", Kerry Hannon reports on several other types of work that will be increasingly in demand as the population ages.  (Retiring Section: Page B7; 3/8/14)


What about YOU?