I Can Still Do That Foundation Announces September 21st Silver Fox Summit at Macaulay Honors College in NYC.
On Friday September 21st The I Can Still Do That Foundation will host the first installment of the Silver Fox Summit series at Macaulay Honors College in Manhattan. The day long event will galvanize all in attendance to contribute their institutional knowledge of positive aging and entrepreneurship to assist Baby Boomers and Nexters in their pursuit of new strategies for making a living in the new “Gig Economy”, skill building and the development of stronger, intergenerational professional networks. In the Manhattan Headquarters of Macaulay Honors College participants will engage in intergenerational conversations in the form of panels, keynote speakers, lectures and break out sessions under the direction of Executive Director Dan Schneider and a team of advisors. The I Can Still Do That Foundation is a New York City-based non-profit whose mission is to connect people, so they can share information and empower each generation to teach the others. The Foundation has over 900 global advisors in all professional fields in NY, LA, Philly, Boston, Miami, DC, and other global cities and provides a safe place where people of all ages can be accepted, feel at home and share information. The Silver Fox Summit is a new initiative that the Foundation hopes to spin off as a new non-profit to help senior entrepreneurs form intergenerational management teams, find investors, forge partnerships and create educational mentoring opportunities for all.
I Can Still Do That Foundation’s Dan Schneider sat down with Nectar News to discuss the intergenerational mission of the summit and the problems he believes Baby Boomers encounter leading up to, and after retirement. Schneider begins the conversation with the main issue the summit seeks to address.
DS: Every day for the next 20 years 10,000 baby boomers can retire, however due to many factors they want to stay relevant and they desire to be recognized, validated and utilized as a leadership and entrepreneurial vessel.The largest generation in our history are baby boomers who number in excess of 80 million.
NN: What do you expect from the Silver Fox Summit in September and can you tell us more about the events agenda and format?
DS: The Summit will be a meeting of leaders in the positive aging movement looking to help create alternative narratives for Baby Boomers and beyond. The ultimate goal of the Silver Fox Summit is to design, develop, catapult and operationalize the launch of a sustainable business plan that will serve as the infrastructure for the Silver Fox initiative going forward. Panels will include:
NN: How do you imagine participants engaging with each other during and after the event?
DS: The ask is to engage all the intergenerational stakeholders, leaders and “ambassadors” with “Thought Leaders” on panels, led by a facilitator and supported by a scribe. During this process those in attendance will be encouraged to utilize “respectful contrary” to forward the crucial conversation around agism and entrepreneurship. We are proud to announce our keynote speaker will be Dr. Paul Tasner, a foundation advisor and a winner of the 2015 Encore Prize for senior entrepreneurship. We will also be honoring two special advisors who are leaders in the positive aging movement, Jack Kupferman, Esq., longterm President of the Gray Panthers and Shira Harrington, co-founder of Boomerworks. Gray Panthers is an organization with a storied history of ensuring the rights and programs for all who experience agism, especially older persons and Boomerworks helps Boomers navigate the new job economy by transitioning their skills into “gig” (project-based) work in order to create long-term sustainable income.
NN: How do you imagine the impact of this first summit will carry over into the future work of the I Can Still Do That Foundation?
DS: Advisor Shem Cohen, an Organizational Development expert, will be in charge of capturing information generated by the panels to derive actions steps for future programs and research. One action step that is already being implemented is a new directory for Senior Entrepreneurs www.seniorentrepreneurdirectory.org, which will aggregate businesses with at least one “senior” (over 50 years old) on their management team and provide a platform to help support them and their businesses. We also hope to connect them to a community where they can share “best practices” and peer to peer advice. Over 80 national advisors to the I Can Still Do That Foundation have been invited and the event will be filmed and streamed live on our social media platforms for those who want to watch from home. Most importantly, at the end of the day we are hosting our networking reception with wine, cheese and knishes from legendary Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery, to facilitate relationships and connect our advisors with potential mentors and collaborators for continued collaboration.
Silver Fox Summit Partners:
We believe that older adults are one of society’s most undervalued resources. We believe in the need for purpose and connection at every stage of life. We believe society needs new roles for older people to do what they do best — mentor and guide the next generation. And we believe that society works better when the generations to come together in ways that benefit old and young alike.
We need to remove barriers — ageism, lack of opportunity, financial insecurity — that stand in the way of making the encore vision of purpose in later life a reality. Our team and network of thought leaders are working to make sure these issues are part of the public conversation. Here’s a taste of what we’ve been talking and writing about.
For more info, see: www.encore.org
About Next Gen Summit:
Since 2014, the Next Gen Summit has been the premier conference and global community for the world’s most creative and intelligent young game-changers to connect and collaborate in-person.
For more info, see: www.ngsummit.com
Macaulay Honors College is located at 35 West 67th Street (between Columbus and Central Park West)
Tickets are sold out, but sponsorship packages are available by application only to email@example.com
About The I Can Still Do That Foundation (see: www.flobel.org)