Marc Freedman, the President, CEO and Founder of Encore.org, is a renowned social entrepreneur, thought leader and writer. Marc’s leadership at Encore.org has pioneered innovative programs and sparked a growing movement in the United States and beyond to tap the talent and experience of people past midlife as a human resource for solving our most vexing social problems.
Stuart Kandell has been called a “global pioneer in the field of creative aging” and is nationally known for his leadership of Stagebridge, which he founded in 1978 and ran until 2013. He currently travels around the world speaking, interviewing older artists, and helping governments and organizations develop creative aging programs. (Ref: https://www.artfulaging.org/meet-the-team-1)
Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, teacher, and speaker. She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and cultivated the company’s unique multi-generational ensemble into a leading force in contemporary dance until 2011. Her, “Critical Response Process,” underpins creative aging curriculum design and is incorporated into teaching artist training in creative aging.
Maura O’Malley, Co-Founder and CEO of Lifetime Arts, leads the development of Lifetime Arts’ national programming models, training programs and resources for Creative Aging stakeholders including teaching artists. Named a 2017 Influencer in Aging by Next Avenue, she promotes the field of Creative Aging at major national conferences in the arts, public library and senior service sectors. She has informed policy and created innovative programming for adults and children with premiere arts and educational organizations including the NYC Department of Education, Studio in a School and Young Audiences/New York.
Ashton Applewhite is an author and activist dedicated to combating ageism and making age a part of diversity. She has published numerous books, including her most recent, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, published in 2016, and has been a featured TED speaker.
Elizabeth is American Alliance of Museums’ Vice President for Strategic Foresight, and Founding Director of the Center for the Future of Museums. She is the author of the Alliance’s annual report, “TrendsWatch,” and writes and speaks prolifically on the trends shaping the future of nonprofit organizations. Elizabeth leads the Allilances’ efforts in promoting creative aging programming, training and partnership development.