Virtual Book Tour
May 27th from 10:00am – 11:30am EST
Are you wondering what you are going to do once you retire? Have you been or feel you will be affected by a layoff and want to keep working but are worried you might not find work or haven’t been able to find any? If you’ve said yes, then I would like to give you the opportunity of exploring entrepreneurship after the age of 50.
You may have heard that older entrepreneurs are the fastest growing group of new entrepreneurs in the world. Although we have a higher success rate of being in business longer than younger entrepreneurs we can still struggle to get started with our new business as there has been littler or no support to guide you through your start-up, until now. I’ve written WISER: The Definitive Guide to Starting a Business After the Age of 50 to help you make the decision if entrepreneurship is for you.
Join me and my guests on May 27th from 10:00 – 11:30 am EST as we answer any questions you may have before starting your journey. The first in the series, WISER: Getting Started, will focus on transitioning from being an employee to an entrepreneur, being comfortable doing something different, and what are the different financing options that I should consider.
The bios of my guests for this episode are:
Paul’s corporate affiliations include The Clorox Company, Clif Bar, Method Products, and Hepagen Vaccines. He has authored numerous papers and presentations on supply chain sustainability and currently lectures on this subject in the MBA Programs at San Francisco State University and Golden Gate University as well as the Packaging Engineering Department at San Jose State University. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Boston University.
Eight years ago, Paul took a leap of faith. While his peers were contemplating retirement, he embraced the challenge of disrupting the traditional packaging industry. Appalled by the amount of plastic pollution on our planet and no longer content to accept the dangers of plastic packaging materials, he founded PulpWorks and set out to create safe, eco-friendly packaging for consumer products. PulpWorks uses paper and agricultural waste to mold compostable packaging and thereby diminish the waste deposited in our landfills, waterways and oceans. In 2016, PulpWorks was awarded a patent for their Karta-Pack™ – a compostable replacement for the toxic plastic blister pack.
PulpWorks and Paul have been the recipients of more than 20 awards and the subject of more than 75 stories in the media.
Paul was selected as a TED Resident in 2017. His TED Talk on sustainability, entrepreneurism and ageism has been seen by more than 2 million viewers and translated into 29 languages.
Transitioning from Employee to Entrepreneur
operational groups around the world, Trefor helps leaders face complex and critical issues that are central to their success and chart a path to the outcomes they’re seeking.
As an experienced entrepreneur, business owner and executive in his own right, Trefor understands the challenges facing leaders. He has demonstrated his capabilities in Strategic Planning, Organizational Transformation, Stakeholder Management, and Communications.
Trefor is a skilled Coach who works comfortably with executives and business leaders to help them establish and implement strategic plans and tactics they need.
As a Master Coach with a background in behavioral psychology, a Masters in Communications, and as a Certified Professional Business Coach, Trefor has a wide
range of methodologies from which to draw in order to help leaders regardless of the circumstances they face.
As the Co-Leader and Co-Founder of Rhapsody Strategies, Trefor works regularly with a wide cross-section of clients—from Directors of small volunteer Boards to billion-dollar companies—to help them accomplish the goals they have set for themselves and the organization. This is an area of great deal of passion for Trefor as he has seen what happens when leaders genuinely take control of their future.
Trefor has worked with leaders involved in a broad range of industries face issues related to international trade and security, organizational transformation, cross-border critical infrastructure protection, and future scenario modeling. While working the leaders as they face important business issues, Trefor has also helped them navigate very sensitive and emotionally loaded topics such as the suicide of employees, marital breakdown, substance abuse, mental health challenges, and others.
In his previous role as Director of National Security & Public Safety for The Conference Board of Canada, Trefor provided leadership and facilitated for a wide range of
• The G8 in Moscow, Russia,
• APEC in Lima, Peru,
• The African Union in Algiers, and
• The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna, Austria.
Trefor has also briefed the National Infrastructure Advisory Council to the President of the United States. Under his leadership, Trefor has worked with senior levels of the Department of Homeland Security to coach them through a series of intense discussions with the leaders of major companies in both Canada and the United States. Trefor directly guided them through discussions to identify gaps in cross-border critical infrastructure projection, and the development of a common action plan. This work addressed a range of complex core issues including information sharing, threat assessments, understanding of interdependencies, prioritization sequencing, and others.
Trefor has also served as a Principal Strategy Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. In the course of this work, he worked with senior leaders in a diverse range of
organizations around the world including Canada and the United States, Spain, Israel, and a long-term project in India. This work involved the facilitation of leadership teams to develop critical strategies and to support their subsequent transformation.
Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
His new book Reach was published with Penguin Random House in January 2017. He teaches, consults, and lectures widely to university and corporate audiences. Learn more at www.andymolinsky.com.
Mike has a B.A.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Waterloo, an MBA from the University of British Columbia, and the CFA designation. He serves on the board of directors of several not-for-profit organizations. He is a member of the Order of Engineers of Quebec and the CFA Institute. Mike has received awards from CFO Canada, the Bronfman Foundation, and Startup Canada.