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The following beautiful description for the group was written by Whitney Vosburgh, who formerly led it. Should we stay true to this vision? Or build something new? Let's figure out together what to do -- Raines Cohen, Certified Senior Advisor and Aging-in-Community author.

Second Act is about creating meaningful connection with others who can make a positive difference in one and another's lives through self-discovery, sharing, and service to others. Second Act: it's about time... to embrace your future!

Our community is uniquely tailored to the needs and interests of middle-aged people with a certain level of maturity and life experience. Our mission is to provide the inspiration, hands-on know-how, sharing of personal stories, as well as connections you'll need to get the most out of life in the years leading up to and following retirement, whatever that is.

Welcome to your Second Act and community, the place to plan your future, imagine your new career, find your next adventure, and people to share the journey with. Our mantra: Everyone deserves the chance to chase new dreams. Your first 40 or so years may have been successful or not. Your next 40 can be even better–the choice is yours.

This community is geared toward "Baby Bloomers" and "Gen neXters" but welcomes whoever feels at home. The Boomers started exceeding expectations the moment they were born, and Gen Xers joined them. Second Act is all about helping them continue to surprise the world–and themselves–with their talent, passion and potential. These are the generations that are eagerly ditching the midlife crisis in favor of a midlife opportunity.

Reinvention, Not Retirement I'm excited to be the organizer of Second Act, which is an exploration of the exciting potential of men and women less interested in retirement than in reinvention. My own views about the possibilities of a Second Act were inspired by my journey and that of countless others.

I only discovered my Second Act a few years ago, and I'm so happy I did. However, it was a remarkably lonely process, and it would have been so much richer if I had a community of kindred spirits to share it with. Four years ago, my eyes were truly opened while working on a book project about the need for and the endless possibilities that come with a Second Act. By interviewing hundreds of middle-aged people, I heard amazing stories and met remarkable people.

When did our youth-obsessed culture collectively decide that our expectation for greatness fade by 40? Or 50? Or even 80? Second Act is here to say it does not.

Second Act is here to share a wealth of opportunity to meet liked-minded people, find meaning, make connections, and be inspired by happy, successful Second Actors, ordinary people who reinvent themselves in extraordinary ways, and show the rest of us how to do it, too.

Be Bold Before Too Old Yes, we're all growing older. Our goal for Second Act is to inspire you to keep growing and going strong at every age. I hope you'll join us often, and I invite you to share your ideas, inspirations, and your own Second Act stories with us.

Thank you. Whitney Vosburgh

PS Second Act is dedicated to understanding the nature of connection and the essence of change. Connected living brings richness to life and a sense of meaning and possibility that escapes us on our own. Come be part of Second Act and get a mid-life!

Without action, without decision, you remain in possibility, which is safe and beautiful but eventually enervating and boring. So, won’t you join us today?


"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly." ~ Richard Buckminster Fuller

"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men." ~ Herman Melville

We're 418 Second Actors

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Founded Feb 14, 2011


Raines Cohen, Betsy Morris

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