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Welcome to Second Act Stories, a podcast focused on life and career change. In each episode, we bring you the story of a courageous individual who has made a decisive career pivot and is pursuing a more rewarding life in a second act.

The stories are in their own words and the words of friends and family that helped them find a new path. Each episode examines the “before” and “after” phases of a life or career relaunch and offers lessons learned.

Second Act Stories Andy Levine

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Welcome to Second Act Stories, a podcast focused on life and career change. In each episode, we bring you the story of a courageous individual who has made a decisive career pivot and is pursuing a more rewarding life in a second act.

The stories are in their own words and the words of friends and family that helped them find a new path. Each episode examines the “before” and “after” phases of a life or career relaunch and offers lessons learned.

    With Socks, Snacks & Shampoo, Kevin Forms The Blessing Bag Brigade

    With Socks, Snacks & Shampoo, Kevin Forms The Blessing Bag Brigade

    Kevin Garrison worked the overnight shift for Amtrak helping to keep the trains running in an out of New York City. And in 2016, he was looking for a charitable Christmas project. An online post about a blessing bag – a plastic bag filled with everyday hygiene and food products caught his eye. It proved to be the start of the Blessing Bag Brigade – a non-profit that has delivered 65,000 blessing bags to those in need.
    But in 2016, he was looking for a small charitable project to celebrate Christmas. On his computer, he saw a posting about a “blessing bag” – a small plastic bag filled with everyday hygiene and food products that could be distributed to those in need. With the help of his friends, he put together 200 blessing bags. After then after work, he walked around Penn Station and distributed the bags to homeless men and women. He did this for about two weeks.
    Four years later Kevin has formed the Blessing Bag Brigade – a non-profit in New Jersey that has distributed over 65,000 blessing bags to the less fortunate. And last year, with the support of his fiancé, he retired from Amtrak and now manages this non-profit on a full time basis. And he couldn’t be happier.
    Click here to learn more about Kevin Garrison and the Blessing Bag Brigade.

    • 16 min
    At 75, Marty Herman Writes The First Of 5 Mystery Novels

    At 75, Marty Herman Writes The First Of 5 Mystery Novels

    If you’ve ever dreamed of writing the Great American Novel, this episode is for you.
    For most of his professional career, Marty Herman was a business turnaround specialist. He would come into troubled companies, figure out what was wrong and implement a solution. And then he’d move on to the next company.
    But he always had a love of writing – he even sold a couple of short stories in his life. So at the age of 75, and with the help and encouragement of his youngest daughter Aimee, he published his first mystery novel called “The Jefferson Files.” Since then he’s published four other mystery novels, a book of short stories and a biography of a local jazz musician.
    Marty loves writing. But he also loves selling his books. Before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, he attended 200+ book and craft fairs each year and estimates that he's sold 15,000-18,000 of his books in this manner.
    Click here to learn more about his work and purchase one of his books. I read his latest mystery, "The First Tuesday Of The Month Murder Files," and it is terrific.

    • 20 min
    Legally Blonde Redux: From Lawyer To Burlesque Dancer

    Legally Blonde Redux: From Lawyer To Burlesque Dancer

    Over the course of the past two years, we’ve interviewed quite a few lawyers. Mark Salvacion was a corporate lawyer who found a more fulfilling life as a Methodist minister. Richard Turner was a trial attorney who found a path to becoming a very successful nature photographer. Michael Lowe left the law to start a Washington, DC gin distillery with his son-in-law. And Amy Yontef-McGrath was a former lawyer who experimented with 50 public service projects in celebration of her 50th birthday.
    But nothing could have prepared us for Lora Cheadle’s story. She went from practicing law in the insurance industry to burlesque dancing. We're not making this up. Actually that’s only a piece of what she does. Lora is also as an author, a hypnotherapist, a podcast host and her favorite term self-coined term: a life choreographer. But burlesque is a big part of her second act story.

    Click here to learn more about Lora Cheadle, her new book "Flaunt: Drop Your Cover and Reveal Your Smart, Sexy and Spiritual Self," her blog and her podcast.
     

    • 18 min
    Two Friends Ditch The Corporate Job Search; Launch “Second Act Women”

    Two Friends Ditch The Corporate Job Search; Launch “Second Act Women”

    Barbara Brooks and Guadalupe Hirt are two, talented women based in Denver, Colorado. Both have entrepreneurial backgrounds but had the same plan as they approached their 50s: Get a stable, corporate job...Enjoy solid health benefits....And put away some retirement funds. But like many older workers they hit a brick wall called ageism.
    After dozens of resume submissions and almost no interviews, they took a different direction. Barbara and Guadalupe formed an organization called Second Act Women. Not surprisingly, we love the name of their organization that helps women in their 40s, 50s and above navigate the latter stage of their professional lives. At the center of the group is an amazing event called "Biz Life Con" an active online community on Facebook. After a successful start in Denver, they are now in the early stages of taking their approach to other cities in the USA.
    Click here to learn more about Second Act Women.

    • 19 min
    Mary Lost Her Father At 14: Today She Helps Kids Overcome Grief

    Mary Lost Her Father At 14: Today She Helps Kids Overcome Grief

    Mary Robinson was just 14 when she lost her father. Throughout high school, college and her 20s, that grief stayed bottled up inside her. A therapist helped her get her life together by helping her share her story.
    She landed a corporate job with Prudential Financial working in their information technology department and eventually running the company's volunteer programs. But after fourteen years, she concluded she was a "fish out of water" in Corporate America.
    Mary kept a small sign on her bedroom mirror that said "Leap And The Net Will Appear." One day she marched into her boss' office with a resignation letter and announced her decision to leave Prudential. She had no idea what she was going to do. But "The Net" did eventually appear in her decision to launch "Imagine: A Center For Coping With Loss." Imagine is a free year-round grief support center for children ages 3 to 18, and young adults 18 to 30, and their parents, who have had a parent, brother, sister or other close family member die.
    Mary was honored as a CNN Hero in 2019. "It was just so exciting, because it allowed us to shine a global spotlight on this issue of children's grief. One of the things that all of us who work in this field say is that our vision is that someday no child grieves alone. And I feel like with this recognition from CNN, that that is actually possible now in my lifetime."
    We're honored to profile her on the Second Act Stories podcast.
    For more information about Imagine: A Center For Coping With Loss, click here.

    • 18 min
    Life After COVID-19...Is It Time For My Second Act?

    Life After COVID-19...Is It Time For My Second Act?

    Expert estimates predict the U.S. unemployment rate could rise from anywhere from 10% - 32% in 2020. Whatever the final number, that represents millions of individuals who will be unexpectedly looking for work. As Americans struggle to find new positions, it may be the right time to ask "Is It Time For My Second Act?"
    For perspective on this challenge as the world wrestles with the COVID-19 Crisis, we turned to two of the nation's most respected experts on the topic of career and workplace issues: Kerry Hannon and Marci Alboher.

    Kerry Hannon has written 12 books in the area of career transitions and personal finance as well as literally hundreds of articles for The New York Times, Forbes, Money, USA Today, US News and World Report and AARP. Her latest book, Great Pajama Jobs: How To Land A Job Without The Commute, will be released in July 2020.

    Marci Alboher is a Vice President at Encore.org, author of The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life and former New York Times workplace columnist. You can also check out Marci's free "Encore Careers" course on LinkedIn.
    You can follow Kerry and Marci on Twitter (@kerryhannon and @heymarci).

    • 26 min

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49 Ratings

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Worth a listen

Andy is an excellent host. Great content and actionable tips

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Inspiring

Great podcast with incredible content.

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Great podcast

Second careers and career change is so relevant right now and people feel so stuck, so often. I love that he is talking about this topic and highlighting successes as well and bringing people on to help with the process!

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