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Forever Young: Prepare Your Organization for an Aging Workforce

Forever Young: Prepare Your Organization for an Aging Workforce

Presented by Sandy Demerest

Courtyard Keene Downtown Marriott, 75 Railroad Street, Keene NH, 603.354.7900

 Nonmembers welcome!  Registration, networking, and a light breakfast begin at 7:30 am; meeting and educational session run from 8:00-9:30 am

Session Overview

Is your company ready for a grayer workforce?

Why focus on the aging workforce? More than fifty years ago, the employment of older workers was on the national agenda. Today, the discussion continues with more fervor as the groundswell of baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) approaches retirement. A major opportunity is waiting for employers, and it’s time to seize it. America’s workforce is aging. The population growth among those age 65 and older is outpacing the growth of 25-to-64-year-olds in most developed nations. Many mature employees want and need to remain active and engaged for years beyond what was once the typical retirement age. To reap the benefits of a productive age-diverse workforce, organizations need to move beyond outdated and limiting beliefs about older workers.

We will address challenges companies face with retaining and transferring knowledge, skills experience; meeting multi-generational needs related to performance, flexibility and training; and how to rethink retirement in your human resource policies.

We will share strategies that have worked and address the following topics:

 Ø  Redefining Retirement and The Impact on the Workforce

Ø  Aging Workforce: Cause for Concern?

Ø  Is Your organization preparing sufficiently?

Ø  What strategy is needed?

About our Presenter

Sandy Demarest is a passionate and experienced coach/trainer helping professionals get the most out of their career, so they are satisfied and motivated in the workplace. She also helps those approaching retirement finding purpose and embracing life after work. She says, “We spend over 50% of our waking life at work. Devoting that amount of time to a career that brings you challenge, growth and fulfillment is critical to your life happiness quotient.”

Sandy has a diverse experience in business, education and career/workforce development. Her philosophy is that one really needs to know who they are, what they value and what skills they want to use as they advance in their career and find satisfaction in their life.  Her client experience includes a wide variety of industries, learning institutions, and independent workers. Her focus is on helping clients to successfully integrate their professional and personal life in an authentic way. She specializes in career development and retirement transition programs for organizations and executives. The trademark of her success, is in helping clients develop and achieve goals to be more productive in the workplace.

Sandy started her career as a social worker with a BA in Social Work and Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University. Sandy received her training as a Certified Career Management Coach and Job Search Strategist from The Academies. She also is a Certified Retirement Options Coach as well as a Certified Global Career Development Facilitator. She is an active member of the National Career Development Association focusing on the business/industry sector. Sandy is also an Ambassador at the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce and an active member of the Manchester Area Human Resource Association.

Sandy started Demarest Directions in 2009, and in November 2017 joined Sojourn Partners, an executive leadership coaching firm that empowers the professional workforce to think differently in order to realize the full return on investment in themselves and their companies.  

About our Meeting Sponsor

Special thanks to our February meeting sponsor, Sojourn Partners   At Sojourn – We Reside with You. Sojourn Partners is a results-driven executive leadership coaching firm that empowers the professional workforce to think differently in order to realize the full return on investment in themselves and their companies.  Professional leadership thinking and intervention, based on years of research and experience, place Sojourn Partners at the forefront in executive leadership coaching, organizational development, strategic planning and culture and climate change.




  • Greater Monadnock SHRM is certified by SHRM as a Preferred Provider to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, and this program has been registered for 1 PDC in the SHRM Body of Competency & Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK™).

  • This program has been submitted for 1 General HR Credit Hour toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR certification through the Human Resources Certification Institute.

RSVP & Guest Policies

Bring an HR friend or colleague!  Non-member guests may attend our monthly educational sessions for the nominal charge of $15 each.  If you wish to save time that morning, guest registration is available in advance at  No advance registration is required for this meeting; please join us!  Come share information with fellow HR professionals.

NEW - Networking & Informal Discussion Afterward

Responding to members request to connect with fellow GMSHRM members after the monthly meetings to network and have an informal discussion regarding whatever hot topics they are facing, we are trying this for the remainder of calendar-year 2017.  You are encouraged to stay to chat with fellow GMSHRM members and, perhaps the speaker when available, at the Marriott until 10:00 am.  Help yourself to whatever food is still there, but please understand that the Marriott staff will be cleaning up to clear the room by 10:00.

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