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What’s the Big Idea: Senior Entrepreneurship is not an Oxymoron

April 27, 2017, 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Senior Entrepreneurship is not an Oxymoron: The 21st Century is the Age of Experience!


Seniors are not rocking chairs – they’re rocking the economy! The world has changed for seniors and they, in turn, are changing the world. Today’s 50+ year-olds who have been given the gift of an additional 20–30 years of longevity and good health are keen to add meaningful life to those years, to remain self-reliant, and to give back to their work, communities and their world. They may have never identified themselves as entrepreneurs, but in many ways they have been entrepreneuring all their lives: in their work; managing a home; raising a family; nurturing reciprocal relationships; and so much more. Their longevity is an unprecedented social and economic opportunity. There is no blueprint for what to do with an additional 20-30 years. Seniors around the globe are entrepreneuring their way into a new life, optimizing their life and work experience and creating businesses of their own—from micro- to multimillion-dollar ventures. Join us for this lively and engaging discussion!

As a septugenarian, Elizabeth Isele is Founder and CEO of The Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship, a comprehensive, cross-sector (business, government, education and research) ecosystem to support cross-generational experience and entrepreneurship. She also serves as Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at Babson College and Associate Fellow for the “Silver Economy” at Chatham House: The Royal Institute of International Research. Her passion to ignite an Experienced Economy™ by unleashing the potential of 50+ year-olds to drive economic markets and generate social and environmental impact is grounded in data and metrics. Elizabeth has been a trusted advisor for the Obama White House, and continues to be for Congress, the European Union, the US State Department, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the W-20, G-7 and G-20 world forums, as well as many other governments, universities, private sector corporations and NGOs worldwide.

This event is the third and final event in a three-part series of hosted by the UNC Friday Center titled What’s the Big Idea. This year’s theme is “Our Maturing Society.”

Click here to learn more about the “Our Maturing Society” series, and register to attend.


April 27, 2017
8:00 am - 7:00 pm


UNC Friday Center
100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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