Keynote, Workshops & Presenters

Keynote Presentation

The Call of Prime Time: Reinventing Yourself in the Second Half – Gregg Levoy (8:45-9:45)

The great vocational question isn’t “What should I do with my life?” or “What do I want to be when I grow up?” It’s “Who am I?” And who you are changes over time, as will the callings that come through you, whether in the arenas of work, relationship, lifestyle or service.

These calls could involve passions you’ve set on the back burner, creative leaps you yearn to take, service projects and leadership roles in the community, a new line of work or an exploration of some non-work modes of expression, or simply rediscovering the sense of wonder and the love of learning. And they ask what all calls ask of you: to reinvent yourself and stay as close as possible to your deepest sense of passion—and purpose, which is simply knowing why you should be around tomorrow, and which is increasingly linked to health and well-being—to be fully alive while you’re alive.

This presentation—a combination Keynote and Workshop—will take a creative approach to the challenges of listening and responding to the calls that come in the 2nd half of life. You’ll gain clarity about what these calls are calling-for from you, and courage to take whatever Next Steps will align you with the ever-present call to maximum aliveness.

In this presentation, Gregg will guide you in exploring what inspires passion in your life and what defeats it, how you lose it and how you get it back, as well as what keeps it flourishing for the duration.

Gregg's headshotGregg Levoy is the author of Vital Signs: Discovering and Sustaining Your Passion for Life – currently among Amazon’s ‘Top 100’ books in the category of Aging, and the bestseller Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life.

A former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico, and behavioral specialist at USA Today, he has written for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Psychology Today, Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, and many others. His website is

Workshops & Presenters

Please note: We are currently accepting proposals from area presenters for the following topic areas:


Walk the Labyrinth, Step Into Your KnowingSusanna Liller (11:15-12:15 – to be held at a nearby labyrinth, weather permitting)

In this workshop, after a brief introduction to this ancient archetype’s history and current popular uses, we’ll walk the labyrinth outside on the UNE campus as a tool for meditation, reflection and discovery.

A1H6A5850Susanna.1Susanna Liller – Susanna walked her first labyrinth in Brunswick, Maine.  She was instantly captivated by this ancient form of walking meditation.  Soon she was traveling to Chartres, France to walk one of the world’s most famous labyrinths.  That same year found her in San Francisco being certified as a labyrinth facilitator by Lauren Artress, leader of the current labyrinth resurgence and author of Walking a Sacred Path.  When not walking labyrinths, Susanna is an organizational development consultant and executive coach.

TBD – Amy Wood (1:30-2:30)

Personal reinvention is all the rage – especially at mid-life and beyond – in a culture that is celebrating transformation like never before.  You can do, be or have whatever you Amy Wood head shot smallwant – if only you can narrow down the options, keep your focus, and pace yourself.  This session will show you how to get out from under the overwhelm of “too much information,” decide what you really want (not what you think you should want), and get started on a second act path that genuinely resonates.  You’ll learn 10 powerful principles for staying true to yourself, living and working at a rhythm that feels right, and feeling fulfilled and rewarded instead of rushed and stressed – no matter what is happening around you.

Dr. Amy Wood, Psy.D. is a Portland psychologist who coaches adults to accomplish their own unique versions of success. She wrote the award-winning book Life Your Way and appears in media ranging from local newspapers to Parade Magazine.   Dr. Wood earned her doctorate from Adler University and is certified by the College of Executive Coaching.


Second Act Spirituality – Marguerite Stapleton (11:15-12:15)

Every life stage has its own age-appropriate lessons, challenges and questions.  This is, of course, true for those in the time of their “Second Act”.

In the last few decades, gerontologists have become increasingly aware of the importance of spirituality to the well-being of aging adults.

When focus is given to being rather than doing, the issues of spirituality take center stage.

Participants will be invited to create a safe and gracious space to reflect together on the distinction between spirituality and religion, on the spiritual tasks of aging and the gifts of wisdom, courage and surrender.

This session will be interactive with time for conversation, reflection, and quiet.

Marguerite StapletonMarguerite Stapleton – has extensive and deep experience in creating and leading retreats, workshops and conferences throughout the US and Canada.

She is committed to helping women and men uncover the depth of their spirituality and expressing that in their daily lives.

Now that she is an elder, Marguerite creates opportunities to celebrate second half of life as an opportunity to listen to our lives in new ways and discover or re-discover the mystery of the presence of a Greater Presence.

Marguerite teaches at USM’s Senior College and works with health care executives helping them integrate reflection, mindfulness and spirituality into their leadership style.

Yoga With A Twist: Stretch & Strengthen Into Healthy Aging – Martha Williams (1:30-2:30)

Think you’ve got to be super-flexible, young and physically active to enjoy the benefits of yoga? Not so! The many benefits of yoga, including more flexibility, lower blood pressure, and increased muscle strength can be experienced by the newest and most reluctant students, with or without a yoga mat.

In this experiential workshop you’ll stretch tight shoulders, loosen stiff necks and hips, all while seated in a chair. You’ll complement the seated work with gentle standing stretches and balancing postures. You’ll finish with a mindful body scan, melting away tension and relaxing deeply.

Leave with an experience of the stretching, strengthening and relaxation that even the most gentle of classes can offer.

MW Headshot 2014You’ll have a heightened awareness of how yoga can be a beneficial part of your wellness efforts and effective strategy for staving off early signs of aging that come with spinal and muscle inflexibility.

No prior experience, yoga mat or props needed.

Martha Williams – offers a unique blend of services to support businesses and people seeking greater vitality, health, and well being. Her work draws on her training as a therapist, certified yoga teacher, and shamanic practitioner.

Martha studied shamanism extensively with Dory Cote. She is a certified YogaSpirit School of Yoga teacher and also worked at the renowned Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health for nine years and now owns Soul Fire Associates.


Creating Your Unique Brand for Your Second Act – Jim Peacock (10:00-11:00)

In this session, you will develop a value-added statement for your next career move. This statement identifies your combination of strengths, passions, values, and traits that make you uniquely marketable.

Jim PeacockWe will discuss how to build this statement and the various ways you can use this to discover opportunities for your “second act”.

Jim Peacock – is a nationally certified Global Career Development Facilitator, and a past president of the Maine Career Development Association. He offers professional development training for career practitioners through Peak-Careers Consulting. His background includes individual career coaching in private practice with Heart At Work Associates as well as leadership roles in career offices in higher education, including Colby and Bates Colleges.


Let Your Art Speak After 50 – Nancy Rankin (11:15-12:15)

In this workshop, we will engage in the creative process to gain a fresh perspective on questions that may be of special significance to your second act – What’s important in this life stage? How do I envision my future? What desire might be unfulfilled?

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What am I waiting for? Where do I want to focus my energy? Through the use of a variety of materials, you will have the opportunity to create a fabric piece that represents your reflections on your important questions. All materials will be supplied.

Nancy Rankin, MEd – is a member of the Heart at Work Associates team and psychology faculty member at UNE with extensive experience helping individuals find ways to create meaningful work and balance in their lives. She is a musician and fabric artist.

Exploring Entrepreneurship at 50+ – Gigi Guyton (1:30-2:30)

If you are looking for ways to improve your current financial situation and pave the way for greater financial security, self-employment may be an option for you.

Whether you’re considering freelancing, contracted services, or starting a small or micro-business – now is a great time to consider working for yourself.

Recent studies show that more than 30% of the U.S. workforce is part-time or self-employed. The decision to start your own business can be exciting and daunting. Exploring Entrepreneurship @ 50+ will help you decide whether being self-employed is right forGuyton_Gigi you by looking at the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed for start-up, the major elements of a business plan, and the many additional resources available to help you succeed. We’ll also explore pitfalls to avoid, and even touch on some financial, tax, and social security considerations.

Gigi Guyton – is the Micro-enterprise Specialist and Regional Manager for New Ventures Maine, covering Cumberland and York Counties. She teaches business planning, money management, and offers consultations. She owned a landscape business in Charlotte, NC; owns apartments in the French Quarter in New Orleans; and loves helping people in transition.