Keynote, Workshops & Presenters

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Keynote Presentation

The Call of Prime Time: Reinventing Yourself in the Second Half – Gregg Levoy (8:45-9:30am)

Gregg Levoy was an overwhelming hit last year and we’re pleased to bring him back with a new topic:

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.

Workshops & Presenters


Your Brand in the Second Half of Life – Scott Woodard (9:45-11:00am)

So much of what we do well we do intuitively. We don’t even think about the value we bring to an organization. However, whether you’re looking for a new job in a new organization or if you’re looking for a meaningful volunteer role, you need to be able to articulate the value you bring.

This session will provide you with tools to identify and articulate your brand – your unique value.

SAW Headshot.jpegScott Woodard is an executive and career coach, based in Portland, Maine. He provides individual and group coaching that helps people advance in their careers. By customizing a framework of Purpose, Clarity, Focus, and Strategy Scott helps clients identify and articulate their Leadership Narrative — the story of their unique value — to develop clear, concise, crisp (not canned) stories that convey their value; how they achieve that value; examples of those achievements; and strategies that help get them to where they want to be.

The Art of Grandparenting – Doug Babkirk & Kate (Babkirk) Brandeis (11:15am-12:30pm)

In this session we (father and daughter) will explore some of the contemporary beliefs, pitfalls and joys of grand parenting in partnership with our adult children who are now parents themselves. We will draw upon our experiences with our 6 year-old son/grandson and touch upon some of the expectations, boundaries, roles and ways of relating to one another in this new family constellation. We will also create time for participants to share their experiences and questions as new, seasoned or soon-to-be grand parents as we support and learn from one another.

IMG_0624Doug Babkirk – Doug lives in Portland with his wife, Barbara, and together they love being grand parents and parents at this time in their lives in addition to their work at Heart At Work Associates. Since his  retirement from the University of Maine in Orono, Doug has cared part-time for his grandson, Hudson, from Hudson’s early years in Boston to his life now with his parents in Cape Elizabeth. Doug is living, loving, playing and learning through the eyes of a little boy all over again.

IMG_5881Kate (Babkirk) Brandeis – Having lived on the West Coast and Boston for a number of years, Kate has returned with her husband to raise their son, Hudson and enjoy the wonders of Maine. She works remotely for a San Francisco-based company, IfOnly, for which she sets up strategic partnerships with non profits as part of the company’s “experience for good” brand.

Walk the Labyrinth, Step Into Your KnowingSusanna Liller (11:15am-12:30pm) – 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.

Envisioning Your Future Together: A Workshop for Couples  Amy Wood (1:30-2:45pm)

This collaborative experience will take you and your partner though a series of interactive exercises designed to help you customize your next life chapter together.  You’ll uncover new possibilities, get more clear on your individual and mutual dreams, narrow down options, and discover ways to merge your Second Act goals into a new horizon that intrigues you both.   You’ll leave with a manageable blueprint for making your new vision a reality — at a pace that feels right.

Amy Wood head shot smallAmy 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.



Yoga for a Peaceful, Powerful YOU!Martha Williams (9:45-11:00am)

Yoga offers many benefits, including lower blood pressure, greater strength and flexibility and a calmer mind and can be practiced at ANY age.

No prior experience needed for this experience of gentle, mindful movement and deep breathing to calm the nervous system and focus the mind. You’ll stretch and move while sitting in your chair with a handful of standing postures accessible to all. We’ll finish with a guided body scan that invites you to relax into the present moment, that place where true power lies.

Tap into this ancient practice that offers many modern applications for a more peaceful, powerful you.

No prior experience, yoga mat or props needed.

MW Headshot 2014Martha 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.

Facing Death and Finding Spiritual Hope – Larry Greer (11:15am-12:30pm)

Martin Heidegger, 20th century philosopher, says that when we are faced with our own death or the death of a loved one, we move “from the forgetfulness of being to the mindfulness of being.” How do we begin to facilitate honest conversations about the end of life? What questions or concerns do you have? Join us in an open dialogue exploring end of life issues.

IMG_0393Larry Greer, M.A. is an ordained Interfaith minister and hospice chaplain. Larry spent 25 years as a self-employed carpenter before hearing the call to end of life ministry. He completed a BA in Thanatology (the study of death and the needs of the family with terminally ill members) with a Masters thesis focused on “Presence: Ministry For the End of Life.”

For the past 15 years Larry has walked along side the dying, listening to and facilitating conversations at end of life.

Live Long and Well Through Thoughtful Nutrition: Peg Doyle (1:30-2:45pm)

We’re living longer these days.  What quality of life would you like to have?   Contrary to popular belief, everything that goes wrong physically after the half-century mark is not necessarily due to “old age.”   It is due to lifestyle choices and when food choices improve, you protect yourself from preventable illnesses like heart disease and Type II diabetes.

Quality nutrition is a critical piece on the path to lifelong wellness.  In this workshop, Peg will walk you through the ways you can make it easy, enjoyable, healthy and delicious.  She will also bring to light the effect of mindset on expectations about growing older, and perhaps inspire you to change your thinking about the experience of adding years to your life.

Join Peg while she shares some of what she’s learned about living a long, healthy and potentially medicine free life.

Doyle-PegSMPeg Doyle is a nationally certified health coach, speaker, author, and educator. She understands the power of the body to heal itself and is delighted to share what she has learned through her studies and experience. Her focus on nutritional healing enables women to resolve digestive issues that impact their energy, confidence and overall health. Through her work she aims to change the mindset of aging as synonymous with decline to one of lifelong wellness through proactive lifestyle choices. She accomplishes this through a blend of research, storytelling, and experiential workshops. Peg is the owner of Wellness and You and author of “Food Becomes You”, offering simple steps to recover and maintain vibrant health.


Using “what brings you alive” as Your Second Act GPS – David Lee (9:45-11:30am)

Too often, our first career path is determined by economic practicality or lack of knowing what might be a better fit. In our Second Act phase of life, we have the chance to choose our career path anew.

Whether it’s “that still small voice” as Emerson referred to it, or “following your bliss” as Joseph Campbell did, or “listening to what brings you alive”, this awareness can guide your Second Act.

If you would like to cultivate a greater awareness of what truly brings you alive to inform you as you create your Second Act, this program is for you.

Through a blend of lecture, storytelling, individual exercises, and discussion, you will leave with a deeper understanding of what brings you alive and how to bring that understanding to your next life chapter.

David Lee 213 x 264David Lee, MA, a team member with Heart At Work Associates, brings a diverse background and set of skills to his career coaching and consulting, including expertise helping people have the “courageous conversations” with themselves and with others and a passion for physical fitness and how it affects every aspect of how we “show up in life”, including aging well.

When he’s not doing the work he loves, David enjoys surfing, yoga, reading, spending time with friends, and playing with his little blind rescue dog Minnie.

Three Key Elements to Guide Your Second ActBarbara Babkirk (11:15am-12:30pm)

Whether you’re winding down a career in a particular profession or wanting to return to the workforce as a “working retiree”, you may need help navigating through your options for this next stage of life.

In this workshop, you’ll explore ideas through the lens of three factors that influence career decisions and end up with a clearer path to pursue.

Barb on steps√Barbara Babkirk, MEd, is the founder of Heart at Work Associates and a Master Career Counselor with a specialty in working with the boomer population. Through her innovative initiative, The Boomer Institute, boomers are matched with area employers according to skills, interests and values.

In her spare time, you’ll find Barb playing with her grandson, reading books about French style or planting in her garden.

50+ is the new business start up generation! – Nancy Strojny (1:30-2:45pm)

Age may have dimmed your employment prospects, but age often affords you the financial firepower to start up your own businesses — with the potential to embark upon a second career, doing something you have always wanted to do.
According to the Kaufman Foundation, the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurship is over 50+ years young. Consider your broad and deep knowledge, management experience, and large professional networks,  all of which can give you a surprisingly effective edge!
In this workshop you’ll learn:
  • How to identify your market
  • Validate your idea
  • Calculate your start up costs
  • Build a  Marketing strategy
  • Become the expert
  • Learn to love social media
  • Create your timeline
  • Ask for help

0Nancy Strojny is the President of the Portland Maine Chapter of SCORE, a national nonprofit organization of business professionals who volunteer as Certified Mentors to small businesses. She is the Secretary and a Board Director of the SCORE Association in Herndon VA.  Nancy was selected as a 2012 White House Champion of Change.

Nancy is the principal of Beauty Vantage, a consulting and coaching firm. She helps her clients discover their own brand for success. Her clients benefit from over 25 years of business expertise in marketing, sales and mentoring.