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Making the most of midlife

Highlights of the program Saturday, March 4, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “The Joy of Reinvention,” which was the focus of a national PBS-TV program, is reviewed under the guidance of Walton, Kerry Hannon and Mark Miller. Topics include a new mindset and personal game plan for leveraging your unique abilities and reinventing your life’s work. Today’s landscape for reinventing and repurposing your work — where are the




By Jorie Parr What am I going to do now? Almost every person Mark S. Walton has ever befriended or mentored hits a wall in midlife — you’re irritable by day, anxious by night, in a state of dissatisfaction. The newscaster turned educator has devised a dynamic process to turn malaise into action. Walton, chairman and president of the national nonprofit Second Half Institute (SHI), is launching a three-part program at UCR Palm Desert in March to deal with what he terms “the brand-new challenge of longevity.” People are living longer, into their 80s, 90s and beyond, and the middle years have stretched. You’re not young, you’re not old. Maybe it’s time to reinvent your life. It’s not the first big launch for the charismatic Walton, a journalist who helped launch the first all-news network, CNN, serving as chief White House correspondent. He later segued into a career in education, teaching at the prestigious Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. And in his new endeavor, he leads a remarkable SHI faculty of entrepreneurs and distinguished journalists. (See sidebar.) He met them while researching his 2012 book, Boundless Potential. Tamara Hedges, executive director of UCR Palm Desert, issued a supportive statement. “The people of the Coachella Valley are like no other community, and UCR Palm Desert has a commitment here. Our goal is to educate and empower everyone who calls this place home. A program like the Second Half Institute serves the Coachella Valley by showcasing the excellence of the people who live here and by providing the tools to help everyone thrive, regardless of age.”



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Mark Walton will lead a team of national experts in a series of seminars at UCR Palm Desert that address how to make the best of changes in midlife.

jobs? And strategies for transitioning. Tuesday, March 7, 6 to 8 p.m. “An Encore Career Evening — Finding Work that Matters in the Coachella Valley.” Highlights include insider information, personal exploration and valuable networking. Moderator Walton characterizes the headliner, Marci Alboher VP of, as “the nation’s number one expert on encore careers.” Tuesday, March 21, 6 to 7:30 p.m. “Midlife Reimagined — The New Science, Art and Possibility of our 40s, 50s and 60s.” Addresses how to take advantage of the new reality of a longer, healthier midlife. How to keep our brains sharp, our relationships fresh. Handling the almost inevitable midlife career slump, coping with a sense of loss upon retirement. Starring Barbara Bradley Hagerty, author of the bestseller

Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife. “We offer the first university-based comprehensive curriculum for mastering/managing the unprecedented new challenges of today’s midlife and beyond,” Walton said. He mentions that Stanford and Harvard do have “elite, highly expensive, year-long programs designed strictly for high-level professionals…undertaking societal/global challenges.” But the Second Half Institute appears to zero in on an individual level.


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Midlife triumphs

FITNESS & HEALTH 4 k Lower cholesterol without drugs k Five-minute cures

In “Boundless Potential” Walton presents many interesting case studies. For instance, ex-Los Angeles D.A. Gil Garcetti, who saw the beginning of the end of his

LAW & MONEY k Securities fraud hotline k Budgeting apps

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January 2017 | Coachella Valley Beacon  

January 2017 | Coachella Valley Beacon Edition

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