Carol Elizabeth Larson
Carol Larson is a writer, presently of essays, podcasts, op-eds, short stories, and –coming soon– her first published novel. In the past she wrote for television as a reporter and documentary producer, earning a slew of awards, including an Emmy. In 2010, after 33 years in broadcasting, Carol decided to take early retirement and dedicate herself to developing her solo voice, and soon started to collect more awards, including a Writers Digest National award in 2013 for Inspirational Writing. Like the majority of newly retired baby boomers, Carol sees retirement as the beginning of a new phase of life, a time to pursue personal dreams and discover new goals and ambitions, and she hopes to help others discover their strengths and potential as valued seniors. Carol is a member of Wisconsin Women Entrepreneurs; WI Sisters in Crime; Wisconsin Writers Association; Writers Must Eat! (co-founder); The Transition Network; is an alumni of the UW Madison and was awarded Emeritus status when she retired from UW-Extension.
Mary Helen Conroy
Mary Helen Conroy is a reinvention life coach. As a change strategist, her practice works with those in midlife and pre-retirement. Having reinvented herself many times, her practical advice to those re-examining their life is both practical and heart focused. Her own reinventions include a career as a public library administrator and building consultant on the south side of Chicago, a sales executive for the publication Women in Higher Education and adjunct professor for Cardinal Stritch University in the areas of team and change management. She moved to Madison Wisconsin to create a new life, raised two incredible young men as a single mom, and found the love of her life. She holds a Masters in Library Science and is ABD in the area of Adult Education. Her motto, and her company’s name is Life is a Daring Adventure. She always adds to that, I’m not done yet!