The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life

February 6, 2013

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Santa Monica


Marci Alboher, Former New York Times Columnist and Vice President at
Special Guest: Sherry Lansing, CEO, Sherry Lansing Foundation
Moderator: Paul Irving, President, Milken Institute



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Whether the result of long planning or abrupt change, an encore career may offer the opportunity to shift gears and pursue an entrepreneurial passion or a second act for the greater good.

Marci Alboher, author of "The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life," is an authority on the changing face of work. In this Milken Institute Forum, she will be joined by film industry pioneer and University of California Board of Regents Chair Sherry Lansing and others to discuss what it takes to create a fulfilling and meaningful second act. The event will be moderated by Paul Irving, president of the Milken Institute, who is in the midst of his own encore career after many years as a prominent corporate lawyer. This stimulating evening will include ample time for audience Q&A.

In her recently published book, Alboher provides a nuts-and-bolts guide to making a successful transition, delving into numerous issues encore career builders are likely to face. What are the pros and cons of going back to school? What should your resume and other marketing tools look like? When to volunteer, how to network effectively? What can social media do for you in the quest?

Marci Alboher
Marci Alboher

Marci Alboher is a vice president at, a nonprofit organization making it easier for people to pursue second acts for the greater good. A former blogger and columnist for the New York Times, she is the author of "One Person/Multiple Careers: The Original Guide to the Slash / Career." She makes frequent appearances in numerous media outlets, including the "Today" show, "NBC Nightly News" and National Public Radio, and is an advisory board member for the Op-Ed Project, which seeks to increase the number of women and minority voices in public conversations, and, an online community for women writers. She holds a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University and a bachelor's in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sherry Lansing is CEO of the Sherry Lansing Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to cancer research and public education. Among its initiatives is the EnCorps Teachers Program, which retrains technology professionals as California math and science teachers. Lansing is also founder of PrimeTime LAUSD, which engages retirees in public education through targeted volunteerism. In addition, she is chair of the University of California Board of Regents and co-founder of the Stand Up to Cancer initiative. In 1980, she became the first woman to head a major film studio when she was appointed president of 20th Century Fox. In 1992, she was named chairwoman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. Lansing sits on numerous boards, including the Carter Center,, and the Lasker Foundation.

Paul Irving is president of the Milken Institute. In addition to executive leadership and oversight of the Institute's operating centers, Irving heads strategic programs to enhance philanthropic engagement and impact, expand capital access and opportunity, and improve the lives of seniors across America and the world. Previously, Irving was an advanced leadership fellow at Harvard University and chairman, CEO, managing partner and head of the financial services group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a prominent law and consulting firm. He is a board member of East West Bancorp,, and Operation Hope, and an advisor to Peace First and New Roads School. Irving attended New York University, Harvard University, and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he served as an adjunct professor and received the Board of Governors Award for outstanding contributions to society and the law.