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WSP 352 — What's Next for Women? The Purposeful Design of an Encore Career

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Apr 28—Apr 29
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 21
Unit: 1
Tuition: $425
Instructor(s): Iris Goldfein
Status: Open
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Apr 28—Apr 29
2 days
Drop By
Apr 21
1 Unit
Iris Goldfein
As women with exceptional workplace accomplishments face retirement, many find a lack of female role models to help them make meaningful and purposeful transitions to the next stage of work and service. Women have worked long and tirelessly to land in positions of substantial power and influence, and ultimately largely defined themselves by their accomplishments. As they face the logical end of their hard-fought careers, there is a fear of shedding not just their work identity, but their greater identity, along with an almost existential angst as to the purpose of life after leaving one’s career. In this workshop, women (and men) in any phase of retirement planning or retirement will explore new pathways to redirect their lives to different work or service that provides challenge, influence, and purpose.

Participants will discuss relevant literature, complete in-class exercises to redefine success and purpose for their future, and learn how to reframe their experiences and accomplishments into attributes and competencies that are relevant for a host of new roles. Robust and facilitated discussion will enable the removal of artificial roadblocks that stand in the way of a successful restart. This workshop will benefit any professional who knows they want their retirement to be a reinvention, but are uncertain how to answer the question, “What is next for me?”

Grade restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade

Iris Goldfein, Chief People Officer (Retired), Sutherland Global Services

Iris Goldfein has been a chief human resources officer (CHRO) and a leader in HR outsourcing. She led a $500 million HR consulting and outsourcing business for PricewaterhouseCoopers, and was the CHRO of a global business process outsourcing company that tripled in size during her eight-year tenure. She received an MA in English from Northwestern.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Mike Lewis, When To Jump (ISBN 978-1-25012-421-0)
(Required) Caltherine Allen, Nancy Bearg, Rita Foley, Jayne Smith, The Retirement Boom (ISBN 978-1632650160)