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Kerry Hannon

Kerry HannonSpecialties: personal finance, retirement, career transition, women and financial security
Home base: Washington, DC
Web site: www.kerryhannon.com
Twitter: @KerryHannon
LinkedIn: Linkedin.com/in/kerryhannon

Kerry Hannon is a workplace futurist and nationally recognized expert, spokesperson and strategist on career transitions, entrepreneurship, personal finance and retirement. She is a frequent TV, podcast and radio commentator and is a sought-after keynote speaker and moderator at conferences across the country. Kerry focuses on empowering yourself to do more with your career and personal finances—now and for the future.

Kerry is currently a Senior Columnist for Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Finance On-Air Live, the largest personal finance site in the world with a reach of 700 million. She has been a regular contributor to The New York Times, AARP’s Jobs Expert and “Great Jobs for Retirees” Money Confidencecolumnist, a contributing editor and “Second Verse” columnist for Forbes, and the PBS website NextAvenue.org expert and columnist on personal finance, wealth management and careers for boomer women. In 2006, she developed U.S. News & World Report’s “Second Acts” feature, a regular column that looked at people who successfully navigated a complete career change in midlife, their challenges, and their motivations.

Kerry is the award-winning author of 14 books, including Great Pajama Jobs (Wiley, 2020), Money Confidence: Really Smart Financial Moves for Newly Single Women (Post Hill Press, 2017), Getting the Job You Want After 50 (Wiley, 2015; #1 on Amazon for Mid-Life Career Management and Job-Hunting); the award-winning Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness (Wiley, 2015); the GOLD Living Now Book Award for Personal Growth/Motivation winner, What’s Next?: Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job in Your Forties, FIfties, and Beyond (Berkley Trade, 2014), and the national bestseller Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy … And Pays the Bills (Wiley, 2012; updated 2017). Other books include Suddenly Single: Money Skills for Divorcees and Widows. Great Jobs for Everyone 50+Kerry’s second edition of her Great Jobs For Everyone 50+ was published in t2017 by Wiley. Kerry's new book is In Control at 50+: How to Succeed in the New World of Work (McGraw Hill, 2022).

Kerry has been a fellow of the Columbia Journalism School and the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center’s Age Boom Academy. She is TIAA’s Women and Retirement expert and a former MetLife Foundation Fellow on Aging. She has testified before Congress about the importance of older workers.Her work also focuses on advising women on how to take charge of their own financial planning. Her work explores what women need to do, at all stages of their lives, to prepare themselves for a financially secure future.

Kerry graduated from Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she serves on the Board of Visitors. She received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, where she is currently a member of an editorial board. Kerry lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, documentary producer and editor Cliff Hackel, and her Labrador retriever, Elly.

Suggested Topics

  • How to Launch a Successful Encore Career After 50
  • How to Find a Great Job After 50
  • How to Discover Your Passion
  • The Joy of Reinvention: Discovering New Passion, Profits and Purpose in Your 40s and Beyond
  • How to Fall in Love with Your Job (Again)
  • How to Find Work with Meaning and a Paycheck
  • How to Start Your Own Business After 50
  • Living your Passions in Your Bonus Years
  • Saving, Spending and Living in Retirement
  • The Future of Work and Retirement
  • How the World of Work is Changing and How to Make it Work for You
  • How to Fight Back Against Ageism in The Workplace
  • How to Build Career Flexibility
  • The Aging Workforce and Why It’s A Win for Both Workers and Businesses
  • How to Transition from the Military to Civilian Jobs
  • How Multiple Generations in the Workforce Work Together
Women and Money
  • Taking Control: Women and Financial Literacy
  • Suddenly Single: Money Skills for Divorcees and Widows
  • Women in the Workplace: How to Negotiate for Pay, Promotions and More
  • Saving, Spending and Living in Retirement
  • Women and Financial Security
Clients have included:
Alliance for Investor Education
Duke University
MBA Career Services for Working Professionals (MBA CSWP) Alliance
Mary Furlong & Associates
Omega Wealth Management
The Financial Planning Association
Investor Protection Trust
Montana Commission Securities and Insurance
The Texas Conference for Women
The Pennsylvania Conference for Women
New York State Association of Independent Schools
FortyPlus of Greater Washington
American Society on Aging
Oklahoma Conference on Aging
National Book Festival
Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging
The Iowa Insurance Division
The Transition Network
The Stanford Longevity Center

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What People Say About Kerry Hannon

“The greatest feeling in life is knowing who you are, doing what you love, and living the life you enjoy. Kerry Hannon leads you to that place.”
—Richard Leider, international best-selling author of The Power of Purpose

“As people are living longer, there’s ever more desire to get the most out of the hours we spend at work. Kerry Hannon can help you cure the career blahs, tackle serious burnout, and get your spark back.”
—Daniel Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

“As a noted authority on work and careers, Kerry knows exactly what the rest of us need to do to become more fulfilled at our jobs. Take her advice and I’m confident you’ll get more out of work and more out of life.”
—Richard Eisenberg, Managing Editor of PBS Next Avenue.org

“Millions of older Americans will have to work longer to achieve a secure retirement, but burnout can be a big obstacle. Now we’ve got a thoughtful, action plan for staying engaged and passionate about work from one of the best experts on careers after age 50—Kerry Hannon .”
—Mark Miller, retirement columnist for Reuters, Morningstar, and WealthManagement.com

“Work should offer more than a paycheck. Work is also a big part of the daily search for meaning, the desire for a sense of fulfillment, the pursuit of community and connections. Kerry Hannon has the wisdom she’s gathered over the years interviewing, thinking, and writing about jobs and careers—insights she brilliantly translates into practical strategies for us to consider .”
—Chris Farrell, author of Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community, and the Good Life

“Kerry Hannon demonstrates that loving your job is not a mysterious process, and it does not depend on the power or whims of others. She succinctly explains the specific set of behaviors, actions, thoughts, and beliefs that lead to meaningful job satisfaction now and in the future.”
—Bruce Rosenstein, Managing Editor, Leader to Leader, and author of Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way