What Barbara Brings to Your Events

As a gerontologist, coach and author, Barbara focuses on the impact and opportunity that understanding Middlescence, life's newest stage, can have for ourselves, our families, businesses, communities and the world. Honed from work with hundreds of clients and a deep and varied background, Barbara uses a balance of warmth, intelligence, humor and passion to motivate audiences towards clarity, commitment and action. 

Barbara also brings her one-of-a-kind coaching model, Entrepreneurship Turned Inward© (ETI), and proprietary content including The Thriving Quiz© and Moments of Extreme Clarity©(MOXC-- pronounced moxie) to speaking engagements.  Participants at Barbara's events find her interactive style yields results that have the 'sticky' factor most keynotes miss.

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Past events include Stanford Graduate School of Business, Colgate University, The American Society on Aging, Osher Lifelong Living Institute, Morgan Stanley, Pandora Media, SERGE, among others. Barbara has spoken in small seminar venues as well as large hall events.

A Sample of Topics

Middlescence: A New Age. New Stage. Midlife Redefined.
Feeling ripe for change? Wish you had a bit more of that certain something that gives life a sense of meaning? Thinking that life seems suddenly shorter, and that you’re at that dreaded place called midlife? If you’re ready for change and enthusiastic for what’s possible in your life - you’re not alone. According to a recent survey, almost half of Americans say they want a new model for midlife.

During this dynamic symposium we’ll take the stale way of thinking about midlife, turn it on its head and rename it – Middlescence. You will leave understanding:

  • Why this isn’t your parents’ midlife
  • A new paradigm for looking at your life, your goals, and your dreams
  • Five new tools for navigating this stage of life
  • Awareness of the process, where you are, and what comes next

This session is perfect if you: are a successful leader and wish this life stage came with a model for making the big changes you may be seeking; have talent, energy, and desire, but are missing the “how”; like the idea of shifting focus from success to significance.

Living, Loving and Leading at Midlife
We’ve all heard that we can expect to live longer now than any previous generation. Contrary to popular belief, those years we’ve added are not more years of decrepitude at the end; rather, we’ve added an entirely new and exciting life stage in the middle. The problem is that our culture hasn’t caught up with that reality. We’re left without language and tools for midlife. Just as adolescence is a time of change and growth, middlescence is a time for self-actualization, on a whole new level. This dynamic presentation or workshop will generate new ideas, reinvent thought patterns and leave you with a greater sense of clarity using the five steps to help you THRIVE. 

What’s Next: The Midlife Leader’s Five Steps from Success to Significance
You’ve had an exceptional career. You’ve built a rich life, yet even with all you’ve accomplished, you’re hungry for more. You are seeking answers - have life’s most significant decisions already been made?  Does the tyranny of busy-ness need to be a staple of my life?  Do I dare to rock the boat?

Yes, you should!  Twenty-five percent of Americans wish they had taken more risks in their lives, and 39% regret not following their dreams. It’s time to unleash those dreams! Your first step is recognizing that we are supposed to feel this way. Increased life expectancy has fundamentally created a new stage of life, the first since we created adolescence. We are living long enough to experience a second adolescence called Middlescence (from about 45-65 years of age). Middlescence is a time of adventure, vitality and change. We’ll tap into your wisdom and experience to reach new levels of contentment and success. In this workshop you will:

  • Use your knowledge of entrepreneurship to take care of the business of your life
  • Bring out your inner-adolescent to creatively think about your future in expansive ways
  • Identify the 5 fundamentals required to activate the shift from success to significance.

Stop Fooling Yourself: High Performance Requires Energy, Not Time
Positions of leadership are the brass ring.  They are coveted, dreamed of. Once there, however, many of us find one thing to be true: It’s lonely at the top. The complexities we face require a greater understanding of how to put our highest levels of energy, communication, self-awareness and performance to work in our lives. In fact, a recent Gallup poll reveals the majority of working adults—including those in the C-suite—are disengaged enough to cost businesses upwards of $450 Billion per year.

Invest in yourself to create pathways for connection that will inspire your leadership.  Discover how this tool, The Thriving Quiz©, will  increase the motivation, commitment and enthusiasm of your team. In this workshop you will use The Thriving Quiz© to assess your current energy status, determine your next steps, and create a plan that is clear, actionable and effective. Together we will:

  • Determine your current Thriving score
  • Diagnose what holds you back
  • Utilize valuable tools for success
  • Define commitments

Re-Potting: How a “Gap Year” in Italy Created a Revolution
Think of a houseplant—as it matures, good gardeners know that transplanting that plant into a newer, larger pot will allow the roots to dig down deeper which in turn enables the chutes and leaves to stretch out–grow taller, greener and healthier. Essentially, people need to do the same thing, and Barbara has dubbed this examination re-potting. She shares her experiences in Italy as she and her husband Scott took a “Gap Year” just like newly graduated high school seniors do. It was a year to explore, learn, grow, and become. In this bonus chapter of adulthood—that time when our kids are launched and we are still young enough to do something audacious and bold – Barbara has ignited a midlife revolution!

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