60 is the New 40

10:45 am - 11:30 pm | Science 136

2019 is the Year of the Woman, in particular older women. Older women are the news headliners now. Nancy Pelosi 78, Donna Shalala 77, Glenn Close 71, Susan Zirinsky 66 (CBS president), Maxine Waters 80, and more. Locally there’s Elaine Pivinski, owner of Franklin Hills Vineyard and other businesses, Carmen Bell, Director of Healthy Aging at United Way, Connie Challingsworth, owner Positive Life Decisions, Ellen Kern, Chief of Staff for Senator Browne’s office and many more women in the Lehigh Valley.

Between 1977 and 2007, the employment of female workers age 65 and older rose by 147 percent. Today women 65 and older are the fastest growing age group in the paid workforce.

It’s not uncommon for baby boomer women to work into their 60s, 70s or even 80s. Some decide to continue working because they need the money. Others love what they do and can’t imagine not doing it anymore. Or, they just need to stay busy.

In this breakout session, you will hear from local women leaders who are over 60, working at nonprofits, in government, entrepreneurs, and as corporate leaders. They are a diverse group of women by ethnicity but not by age – all over 60. These are the first generation of women who are working beyond the traditional years of work. There will be more women following their path in the years to come. They represent women who started their own businesses, have come up with new careers, for instance modeling work in their 60s, and many are doing the same work they did in their younger years. Join them as they tackle topics such as AARP, healthy aging and financial independence.


Ellen Kern, Senator Browne

Mary O’Grady, Dr. Richard L. Lachenmayr DMD

Carmen Bell, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

Elaine Pivinski, Franklin Hill Vineyards


Connie Challingsworth, Positive Life Decisions, LLC

Stephanie Hnatiw, YWCA Bethlehem


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