The Reinvention Convention:
A provocative series of discussions around aging
Co-founded by three 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 Senior Friendship Centers, JFCS of the Suncoast and Plymouth Harbor 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

November 15, 2019   Life Creativity 

November 4, 2021    The Brain | Virtual Presentation

November 2022        Relationships

November 2023        The Dress Rehearsal/Reframing Aging

Agenda for 2019

8:30 – 9:00     Breakfast & Mingling

9:00 – 9:15     Welcome: Event MC, John McCarthy, Executive Dir., Spanish Point Remembering Dr. Gene CohenPioneer in Aging & Creativity, Dr. Nancy K. SchlossbergCo-President TransitionWorks & Author

9:15 – 9:45     Keynote: Dr. Larry ThompsonRingling College of Art & Design, Creativity Matter + 21st Century Skillsets

9:45 – 10:15   Keynote: Dr. Hank Hine, The Dali Museum, Dali Innovation Labs, Shifting Perceptions

10:15 – 10:45 Dialogue: Dr. Larry Thompson & Dr. Hank Hine, Audience Q&A, Creativity & Longevity Pioneering, Anne Marie Russell moderator, Sarasota Art Museum

10:45 – 10:55 Age Disruptor Award Presentation

10:55 – 11:15 Break: Coffee & Lite Bites

11:15 – 12:20 Creativity Toolkit / Catching a New Curveball / What Now?

12:20 – 12:30 Year 4: ReinventCon 2020 Teaser, The Brain. Adjournment

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 featured 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’ focused on generational differences and opportunities for cross-generational interaction.

Life Creativity The 2019 conference assembles a superstar cast of Creative Experts to give us some practical help in navigating life’s challenges as we age through building creative confidence. Dr. Larry Thompson, President, Ringling College of Art + Design, will speak on Creativity as THE 21st C. skillset. Dr. Hank Hine, Executive Director, The Dali Museum, will talk about using Salvador Dali’s art to inspire ways to shift perceptions of the world. Anne Marie Russell, Executive Director, Sarasota Art Museum, will moderate a discussion between the two on using creative practice to grow confidence in living a long life well.

The Brain The 2021 virtual conference assembles a superstar cast of Amazing Experts to give us some practical help in navigating life’s challenges as we age.

Dr. Kevin O’Neil has committed to our panel and we are excited to list the rest of panelist in the coming weeks.

Reinvention Convention 2021 Sponsors 



Reinvention Convention

Planning Committee Partners and Their Mission Statements 

Senior Friendship Centers: Lynne Anast, Director Lifelong Learning

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.

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.

Members At Large:

Nancy Schlossberg, EdD: Author, Professor Emerita University of Maryland, Co-President Transitionworks

Crystal Rothhaar, Vice President of Communications, Senior Friendship Centers

Nicci Kobritz, President, Youthful Aging Home Care, CEO, Center for Brain Health

John McCarthy, Vice President for Historic Spanish Point campus Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Don Fitts, President Cornerstone LifeCare LLC

Art Mahoney:  Community member aging gracefully and productively in Sarasota