Marci Alboher

The first time I met Marci Alboher she was speaking on a panel about encore careers – combining purpose, passion and a paycheck in your second or third act. While forgoing a retirement of leisure may at first sound a bit unsettling, in the standing-room-only space packed predominately with baby boomers, I quickly learned this generation is ready to once again challenge the status quo.

Marci optimistically dismissed the paradoxical saturated media garble that the over fifty set is either a couple years shy of nightly bingo competitions on the grounds of a Palm Springs community home, or possibly more unnerving – the new thirty.  One of the mantras of the growing encore movement is that , fifty is neither of these things; fifty is just … the new fifty . Just as sixty is the new sixty.

In light of increased life expectancy, the recent economic downturn, and outdated political policies, the reality that many will have to continue working has settled in. However, it was evident that the audience – furiously scribbling down Marci’s insights – was also sincerely interested in making a difference.

It’s no secret we humans get anxious at the thought of change.  Some stay lifetimes in one the zip code, others drag out unfulfilling relationships, and many of us endure careers we have lack of passion for all based on the notion that the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t!

So who better to inspire a generation of people to redefine what they think is possible than someone who made her mark around the idea of reinvention? Having hopscotched across three very diverse career landscapes – law, journalism, and currently the non-profit sector – Marci, a lawyer-turned-journalist/author/advocate is the original champion for evolving careers filled with slashes and hyphens.

Popularizing the word “slasher” for those who couldn’t put their life’s work in a box, her first book, aptly titled, One Person/Multiple Careers: The Original Guide to the Slash “/” Career highlights the benefits of combining multiple passions, talents and incomes to create a multifaceted life.

Now a VP of Encore.org, a respected voice in the media with a busy public speaking schedule, Marci is happily and humbly slashing her way through this phase of her life.  Sitting on the advisory boards of the Op-Ed Project, an initiative expanding the range of voices we hear from in the media, and She Writes, an online community for women writers, she’s dedicated to making contributions that also nourish her spirit.

As the author of the popular book, The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life , Marci is one of the public faces of the movement leading an entire generation to think about themselves, their finances and their contribution in a completely new light. Now that’s WOW!

 

Name: Marci Alboher

Age: 46 (for a few more weeks!)

Occupation: Lawyer-turned-journalist/author/advocate. Vice President Encore.org, a nonprofit making it easier for millions of people to move into second acts for the greater good.

Hometown: Born in Brooklyn, NY. Raised on the Jersey Shore

Current city of residence: Manhattan

Contact email: heymarci@gmail.com

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Ordinary Magic: If you were at a cocktail party and were asked to explain what you do in three sentences or less, what would you say?
Marci: I’m the VP, Encore.org, a nonprofit making it easier for millions of people to pursue second acts for the greater good. I also write, speak and advocate on issues relating to work, careers and the media.

Ordinary Magic: What inspired you to head in that direction?
Marci: In my early career I was a lawyer – a path I chose because I knew I couldn’t make a living as a playwright. After several years of doing work that felt pretty icky on a lot of levels, I had a crisis of conscience and just quit. I write about that here.

Ordinary Magic: What is your accomplishment that you are most proud of to date?
Marci: I receive emails nearly every day from strangers telling me that something I’ve written has helped them in some way.

Ordinary Magic: What has the biggest turning point been in your life so far?
Marci: Getting divorced after twelve years of marriage. And finding new love just five months later.

Ordinary Magic: What is your greatest passion?
Marci: People.

Ordinary Magic: What words of wisdom would you give your twenty-year old self?
Marci: Don’t fixate so much on how you’re going to balance work and motherhood. That may not be your issue. (That was way before Sheryl Sandberg was telling women not to leave before leaving.)

Ordinary Magic: What was the last book you read?
Marci: Still reading it. Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo. It’s nonfiction that reads like fiction, set in the largest slum in Mumbai.

Ordinary Magic: What is your definition of happiness?
Marci: Love, meaningful work, and some yummy food.

Ordinary Magic: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Marci: What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while, from Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project. A nutritionist friend told me pretty much the same thing. It applies to so many  corners of life.

Ordinary Magic: If you could be anywhere in the world right now doing anything, what would it be?
Marci: Sitting on a bench outside one of my favorite neighborhood coffee shops with my husband and French Bulldog, sipping a latte. Or doing the same thing in a foreign city. Except the dog doesn’t travel, so that’s a little tricky.

Ordinary Magic: What do you have gratitude for in this moment?
Marci: 
Just when I think I have no time for a new friendship, someone exceptional shows up and somehow there’s room.

12. Ordinary Magic: Do you have a Life Motto?
Marci: It hasn’t changed since I had to pick a yearbook quote in high school! “If you smile at me, I will understand because that is something everybody everywhere does in the same language.” {“Wooden Ships” — Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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