Over-50 skills for a successful SA

“Imagine a South Africa where we all have one goal: to build our economy.”  Retire Successfully Retirementor, Lynda Smith, helps people refire rather than retire. Now she aims to transform the face of employment in South Africa. Lynda has created a skills portal where over 50s who have expertise and experience can connect with employers seeking just that kind of employee. Lynda shares how her dream became a reality. In 2009, I studied social entrepreneurship at GIBS. I used my c...

South African leader Lynda Smith shares her country’s longevity challenges and opportunities

Lynda shares her personal journey and elements of her encore work: As I reached the age of 50 I was at a crossroads. I had just finished working on a four-year project and my children married and moved to live globally. A good friend challenged me to look at what the trend of longevity and technology may mean for South Africa and I found myself on a new steep learning curve. This was 10 years ago and what a journey it has been. Marc Friedman’s book Encore – Finding Work That Matters in the ...

How Will You Use Your Extra Season of Life?

Lynda Smith is the founder of the Refirement Network, and is an expert in planning for the second half of life. She coaches clients to examine the internalized limitations that hold us back, as well as teaching concrete tools and skills to “refire” an entirely new career, passion project or hobby. Her slogan is: Don’t Retire – Refire! Read full article here  |  Watch video here.

Interview with Get It Hartbeespoort

Don’t retire- refire Lynda Smith from Hartbeespoort believes retirement is not the end of your life. It can be the beginning of something new and exciting, something that gives you purpose to get up. Lynda is so passionate about the 50+ generation and retaining their knowledge and set of skills after they retire, that she has started a network to motivate the Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) to keep on working and adding value to society. Lynda’s Refirement Network in South...

Interview with www.hippo.co.za

Nevertirees – Why Some Top Business People Refuse to Retire Hippo.co.za: Tell us a little about your career journey, landmark moments, highlights and lowlights? “I have been privileged to work in my area of passion for most of my career. I became passionate about early childhood development when my children were born. I had my own educational toy company for a number of years, then joined Smile Education in 1992. I was the sales and marketing director for 10 years. In 2002, I joined MySchool...

The Legacy Project Interview | Social Entrepreneur

Lynda describes herself as a social entrepreneur. She graduated from the inaugural class of the GIBS Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme in 2009, which aims to impart the necessary business skills for creating powerful, systemic change to build effective and sustainable institutions – Lynda offers her clients a “business-school brain with a social worker’s heart”, with the overall vision that guides her work to see people empowered. Lynda’s understanding of leader is also not limited t...

Lynda Smith – The startup story of a social entrepreneur on a mission to encourage baby boomers to have second careers to positively impact society

As the world’s population ages, and the baby boomer generation (those 50+) are looking to make a difference in the next productive phase of their lives, Lynda Smith's Refirement Network in South Africa is there to help. Instead of retiring, the focus is on refiring - harnessing the energy, passion, skills and commitment of those people with vast amounts of experience and expertise, to make a difference in society. LoA had the pleasure of meeting Lynda Smith, the founder of The Refirement Netw...

Crossroads & Transitions | Lynda Smith

I met Lynda about a decade ago.  A striking woman with an unassuming confidence about her.  A skilled businesswoman, an entrepreneur, a sincere friend – a woman who has enormous capacity to build great relationships. Lynda’s commitment to educating the nation and her focus on giving every child a stable foundation for the years ahead is remarkable. I love her insights into the different phases of life and the transitions people go through as they move from one chapter of their life to the next. ...