Creative older workers shine on stage, in offices and on the radio

An open office space.
The newly-renovated Dayton's department store building is mostly office space, including some that's furnished and ready for tenants as seen on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021.
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After decades of focusing on their retirement, Baby Boomers and aging Gen Xers are reconsidering a life of leisure and choosing instead to continue working. Some people need the financial stability, while others still have plenty of energy and ideas to contribute. The movement to not squander their collective wit and wisdom means more creative older workers continue to thrive.

What does this mean for the workforce as a whole? Do we need to rethink the  retirement age? Can we consider these older workers as we design organizational structures? How can our hiring practices accommodate creative older workers? The way we work might need to change, but so does the way we think about work.

On Monday, guest host Chris Farrell spoke with a professor of management and a celebrated writer about thriving professionally after 50.


  • Alfred Marcus is a professor and the Spencer Chair in Strategy and Technological Leadership at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

  • Sandra Gail Lambert writes fiction and memoir that is often about the body and its relationship to the natural world (she uses a wheelchair.) Lambert is the author of the Lammy-nominated memoir “A Certain Lonelinessand a novel, “The River’s Memory.” 

Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

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