Vicki Thomas won a $100,000 Purpose Prize in 2013 from Encore.org. Nearing retirement she pursued her purpose using her expertise to help two veteran nonprofits get on the map by placing national and local media stories about veterans needing housing solutions.

Vicki always pursued her passion and purpose in life -- she is now helping individuals develop their passion to help them develop their purpose.

Today many individuals are searching for purpose -- Vicki and colleague Joyce Cohen are helping others find their purpose by coordinating conferences, workshops, on site corporate sessions and one-to-one meetings.

Vicki helped Purple Heart Homes based in Statesville, NC and Homes for Our Troops based in Taunton, MA become visible by getting stories about veterans they were helping placed in national and local news outlets. She also helped create national programs, and brought in sponsors.

Her working career was with the ABC Television Network in New York City developing information about TV show performance using audience ratings to identify demographic advantages and positioning opportunities over competing broadcast networks and cable entities.

She was also a marketing executive with the leading national trade association for the nations credit unions (Credit Union National Association) to help increase interest and awareness in credit union membership.

Vicki produced, packaged, financed and marketed the Dancin' Grannies exercise videos and promoted the unknown group to national critical acclaim.

Vicki remains an excellent writer and speaker on the ramifications and opportunities an aging society has on business growth and the business bottom line. She also writes and speaks about what is missing in the work place that has so many employees searching for greater job satisfaction.

Vicki has no desire to ever fully retire or sail off into the sunset.

Joyce Cohen is a career development/mid-life transition specialist. She helps people discover purpose and future direction as a facilitator, life coach, speaker, outplacement counselor, educator, author and consultant.

As national Co-President, The Life Planning Network (LPN) www.lifeplanningnetwork.org., Joyce designed Paired2Learn (P2L), a Mentor program linking inter-generational learning partners to ease transitions. She is integrally involved with LPN, a national association for life planning professionals. She serves as liaison for the Virtual LPN chapter embracing members from across the country where no local chapter exists, and contributes to multiple internal projects.

Joyce facilitated career development, outplacement, mid-life transition, retention/engagement, and life planning programs in more than 365 companies, organizations, associations, colleges/universities, public/private schools,  government agencies, non-profits worldwide, helping participants find new purpose at work or emerging interests.

As Director of Veteran Relations, Purple Heart Homes, she created Boots to Backyards®, a mentor program helping Veterans find new purpose and prepared Military Spouse Fellows as facilitators. Joyce taught job search techniques for Veterans at  Entrepreneurial Boot Camp, University of CT and served as adjunct faculty at Keuka College, teaching mid-life transition through online education.

Joyce co-authored a chapter of  The Talent Management Handbook, contributed to several career development books, blogged for CT Post, published a career trend newsletter, and wrote numerous articles for trade journals and newspapers. She founded Unconventional Wisdom® LLC, focused on discovering what's next, designed and leads DIving in to Living...My Way workshops. She is updating eight life planning guides that she wrote into one volume, focusing on finding purpose at mid-life  www.u-wisdom.com

For 16 years, she served as Trustee at Keuka College in upstate New York, now Trustee Emerita, where she chaired various committees and was awarded the Eleanor Judd Wilkes Service Award. As volunteer with The Schegg Group, a CT outplacement firm, Joyce assists professionals in search of new purpose and direction through weekly networking and individual follow up.

Joyce resonates with George Bernard Shaw’s words “I want to be all used up when I die…this is a splendid torch I have hold of and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before passing it on to future generations.”