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Marc Freedman


The founder and chief executive officer of Encore.org, Marc Freedman coined the term “encore career” to describe a second act providing purpose and a paycheck. One of the leading experts on the transformation of retirement, Freedman is author of four books, including The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife. He was named a 2014 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum and the Schwab Foundation.

At Encore, Freedman spearheaded the creation of the Purpose Prize, an annual $100,000 prize for social entrepreneurs in the second half of life. Freedman previously co-founded what is now AARP Experience Corps, the program where people 50 and older tutor low-income elementary school students.

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