The Reinvention Convention:

A provocative series of discussions around aging

Co-presented by four well-known community organizations


Most people are aware that Sarasota County occupies a unique place among communities in the United States and around the world because of its demographics.  However, while there is a large number of part and full-time residents over the age of 65 further uniquely the population is evenly split in thirds with one-third under the age of 35, one-third between 35-64, and that famous 65+ cohort.  Because of that, the county is at the epicenter of a broad range of compelling age-related issues – all meaningful – that require care, attention and focus.  It also is wonderfully age-balanced, with the human life cycle in community form.


The Mission


The Reinvention Convention is a provocative series of discussions around aging, designed to encourage thought leadership, change minds, and instigate action by providing a platform for discourse on compelling age-related issues.



 Well-known Community Partners


The Friendship Centers, The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College,  Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Sarasota County and Age Friendly Sarasota represent a core consortium that have joined together to co-produce this 6-year series of conferences to discuss high-interest subjects. Each organization cares deeply about the issues impacting older adults and the community at large.


The Series


November 9, 2017

Disrupt Aging


November 9, 2018

Intergenerational Harmony – To purchase tickets click here


November 14, 2019



November 12, 2020



November 12, 2021

Gray Matters


November 10, 2022

The Dress Rehearsal/Reframing Aging



Each Year, A Headliner



Disrupting Aging Each year, the event will feature a headline speaker. The Premiere, 2017 conference featured Dr. Bill Thomas, an author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician (gerontologist) whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. He is the founder of The Eden Alternative, which works to improve care provided to older people. The Wall Street Journal highlighted him as one of the nation’s ‘top 10 innovators’ changing the future of retirement in America.




Intergenerational Harmony The 2018 conference features Chuck Underwood, the founder and principal of The Generational Imperative. He’s consulted with a range of corporations, governments and non-profits on ways to identify and encourage generational cooperation. His talk, ‘One America, Five Generations’ focuses on generational differences and opportunities for cross-generational interaction.




Reinvention Convention 2018 Sponsors








Reinvention Convention

Planning Committee Partners and Their Mission Statements

Members at Large


Friendship Centers: Erin McLeod, CEO & President

Our Mission: To promote health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging.   Our Vision: To lead the way in delivery of comprehensive services that enrich the lives of older adults and their families.


Olli at Ringling CollegeJanna Overstreet, Executive Director

The mission of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College is to enrich the lives of mature adults in Sarasota and Manatee counties by providing affordable and outstanding educational programs and social interaction that cover a broad spectrum of topics and are rich in intellectual stimulation, often interactive in scope, and worthy of academic consideration.


JFCS of the Suncoast: Pam Baron, Director of Senior Services

Our Mission: Guided by the Jewish tradition of helping all people, JFCS empowers individuals and families toward self-sufficiency.


Age Friendly SarasotaBob Carter, Senior Strategic Advisor

Age-Friendly Sarasota (AFS) is part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Communities.  A county-wide effort supported by The Patterson Foundation, AFS was the first community in Florida to be recognized by WHO and AARP, a national affiliate of the global effort. AFS aspires to be “A Community for All Generations” that is active, engaged and promotes healthy living.


Members At Large:


Nancy Schlossberg, EdD: Author, Professor Emerita University of Maryland,

Co-President Transitionworks


Art Mahoney:  Community member aging gracefully and productively in Sarasota


Susan Jackewicz:  Consultant, Family Caregiving advocate