Retirement. What a concept! And what a challenge. Even those who have prepared financially might not be psychologically ready. Who are you when you’re not working? What do you do with all that free time? What do you want to do with the rest your life? Boomers across America are facing these questions.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College (OLLI at Ringling College) will address these concerns with the fourth annual Boomer Conference, Friday, November 1, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., on the Ringing College Museum Campus, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The event features speakers and networking sessions offering useful strategies on retirement’s social, financial, and practical implications. Keynote speaker Marianne Oehser, a certified retirement coach and author of “Your Happiness Portfolio for Retirement: It’s Not About the Money,” will challenge audiences to rethink their retirement expectations.
The conference is a day of learning, enlightenment, and making connections. Keynote speaker Marianne Oehser will challenge audiences to successfully navigate through the big transitions. “Most of us go through three and sometimes four stages in our post-career lives,” she says, adding that without a road map, the way can be rough. “I support people as they move through those often turbulent transitions,” she says.
Other presenters and panelists include Robert Fulton, whose presentation “What’s Next,” will touch on letting go and refocusing; Judith Levine, whose presentation, “Retirement: Adolescence 2.0,” will examine the pitfalls and pluses of finding a new identity; and Sandra Moulin, whose presentation, “Stage Fright,” explores confronting the unknown.
Janna Overstreet, OLLI at Ringling’s director, describes the conference as a “retirement toolbox.” She notes that its speakers and networking sessions offer a host of practical strategies and insights for people who are just entering retirement or already retired. “Our sense of self-worth is often career-centered. How do we find new purpose after retirement? How do we transition with grace? It’s good to know you’re not alone. Our experts will examine those questions and offer support and direction.”
The fee is $39.95, which includes lunch, with a $5 certificate toward OLLI membership for each registrant. To register and for more information, call (941) 309-5111, or visit www.OlliatRinglingCollege.org.