Marc Freedman to be Keynote Speaker at Elevating Impact 2014

October 24, 2013 at 9:44 am Leave a comment

Marc Freedman. Photo by

Marc Freedman. Photo by

Marc Freedman, CEO and founder of, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the second annual Elevating Impact Summit hosted by Portland State University’s Impact Entrepreneurs. The event will take place at the Gerding Theater in downtown Portland, Oregon on June 20, 2014.

Marc Freedman is leading a movement to engage millions of baby boomers in encore careers by combining personal meaning, continued income, and social impact. Freedman is the founder and CEO of, an organization investing in people over 60 who are changing the world, and the Purpose Prize, which is a set of $100,000 awards to celebrate and advance their work. He also created Experience Corps, one of the largest nonprofits in the US engaging people over 55.

In 2011 Freedman published The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, a book which has become a guide for some of midlife’s greatest opportunities. His earlier books include Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life (praised as “wonderful” and “highly recommended” by Library Journal); Prime Time: How Baby Boomers Will Revolutionize Retirement and Transform America (hailed by The New York Times as an “inspiring, informative, mind-opening book”); and The Kindness of Strangers on adult volunteerism and mentorship.

Marc Freedman has also received accolades for his work as a social entrepreneur. In 2003 Freedman was elected as an Ashoka Fellow for his innovative idea that engaging millions of baby boomers in encore careers could produce a “windfall of human talent to solve society’s greatest problems.” In 2007, 2008 and 2009, Fast Company magazine named Freedman one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs, and in 2010 The Nonprofit Times named him one of the 50 most powerful and influential individuals in the nonprofit sector. That year he also received the prestigious Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

Encore professionals are often admirable examples of changemakers in our communities, and in the months leading up to the June 20 Elevating Impact Summit, Impact Entrepreneurs will highlight the stories of some of these  individuals on our blog. Read our first post in the series here.

Portland State University’s Impact Entrepreneurs is thrilled to welcome Marc Freedman to the 2014 Elevating Impact Summit, and we look forward to being inspired and challenged by his stories of turning passion into action at all ages.

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