better with age
by Carol Segrave
It’s never too late to find your calling
Hard times seem to be here for most everyone, but they are specially hard for the 50+ crowd. The unemployment rate
for senior workers rose in April of this year to its highest level on
record. The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics results as reported
in AARP Bulletin Today state that nearly 1. 85 million people age
55 and older were out of work in April. The gloom continues with
the shrinking of retirement funds and home loss among family
and friends. Stress abounds with all its symptoms: fatigue; loss of
memory, appetite and sleep; digestive problems; muscle tension;
weakened immunity; spiraling blood pressure; depression. YIKES!
We need an antidote! We need role models and mentors to
lead the way back to some balanced, healthful happiness. I found
such models in Andrea March, Betty Jandl and Betty LaMarr, who
are poster women for the guaranteed power of positive thinking
from cradle to grave.
All three women have put at least 25 years into careers in business. All three women walked away from those careers and jumped
feet first into entrepreneurship (actually, entrepreneurship with a
benevolent twist). All three women run entrepreneurial ventures
whose missions are to improve the quality of life for all on the
planet. All three women are over 50 (and one is way over 50!).
Andrea March has successfully reinvented herself several times
as a woman business owner and leader in real estate; in jewelry
import and distribution with Andrea March Accessories; as an
asset management innovator with Investment Expo; and most
recently, with Women’s Leadership Exchange.
The inspiration for Investment Expo came to her as she watched
a business program on CNBC, and she realized she had no idea
what they were talking about. Like many others, Andrea says, “I did
not understand investing, and was probably not the exception—
there were undoubtedly millions of people like me, with money to
invest and no understanding of how to make smart decisions.” And
so Investment Expo was born. Andrea founded and ran the company for the next five years. Investment Expo became the largest
financial strategies trade show/seminar program in the Northeast
and South Florida, attracting up to 14,000 attendees annually.
Four years later, in 2001, Andrea met Leslie Grossman. The
two experienced women business owners shared a powerful
commitment to women entrepreneurs like themselves, and that
commitment coalesced into Women’s Leadership Exchange (WLE).
WLE is recognized as one of the country’s most effective