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Barbara has always been interested in aging and wisdom. She has worked in nursing homes during high school and college, received an undergraduate degree in psychology, and a Masters in Gerontology. Barbara’s mission is to shift cultural norms around aging and help people thrive in midlife, by establishing Middlescence as a new life stage. In 2005, as the only Master’s level gerontologist and internationally certified coach in the US, she founded The Odyssey Group, providing executive and life coaching to adults, midlife and better. Working with Barbara, senior leaders and teams have expanded their leadership capacity and ability to deliver measurable results.
Barbara is the author of three books examining aging, including The Middlescence Manifesto: Igniting the Passion of Midlife. Her work has been featured on CBS This Morning, Marin Magazine, Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global, Wharton Business School’s Work and Life podcast, and The Gap Year Podcast for Grown-Ups. A Wexner Heritage Foundation Fellow, Barbara holds Masters Degrees in both Administration and Gerontology, with certifications from the International Coach Federation and The Hudson Institute.