• Dates and times.
    Apr 14: 10:00 AM
  • Location.Zoom

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Concordia University Chicago Center for Gerontology presents:

Women Empowering Women: Authoring your Own Identity as You Age

Join us for a dynamic dialogue with founders of Defying Gravity.Life and Women Over 70.com. Be inspired by four women who have created space for others to learn, share wisdom, and take charge of their transition to a later life that is most meaningful to them. Learn about the personal and professional journeys that brought them to champion women's ongoing courage, contribution, and sense of agency. Discover key steps to define and author your own identity as you age.


Iris Goldfein & Monica Israel of DefyingGravity.Life

During her 40+ year career in human capital, Iris was a long-time partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as well as other prominent positions. She is a frequent speaker and writer on a broad array of human capital issues.

Monica began her career in the classroom and moved on to lead sales in educational textbooks and software for 38 years. Overcoming hurdles as they entered male driven occupations in the late 1970’s helped shape their thinking about women in the workplace.

Together, they co-founded DefyingGravity.life to support women in their transition from careers into meaningful retirement. They address what they call the new feminist crisis: Who will I be after my career?

Catherine Marienau & Gail Zelitzky of WomenOver70.com

Catherine is Professor Emerita at DePaul University where she was privileged to mentor adult learners and teach adult learning and development, qualitative research, and women’s issues. Now, at age 71, Catherine’s passion projects center on vital women aging, holistic health and wellness, and brain-based learning. Catherine is an author, speaker and coach.

Gail is a lifelong entrepreneur who coaches individual women business owners, and groups, to realign, reimagine and rediscover their unlimited potential. Now, at age 79, she is excited to focus on women in various stages of transition to reimagine life as they age. Gail is an author, speaker and mentor and founder of Wonder Women Mastermind and Women Rising.

As co-founders of WomenOver70.com, Catherine and Gail shatter the myth that women become irrelevant as they age.

The Center for Gerontology Distinguished Speaker Series is generously supported by:

The Russell & Josephine Kott
Charitable Memorial Trust