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What’s Working for Working Women Over 50
“More than half of women over 50 are working for pay, according to the nearly 1,000 Smithies who’ve answered our surveys,” say business consultants and Smith ’73 alumnae Debbie Ferro Burke and Diane Okrent. Following up on their popular alumnae webinar, "Smith Women Over 60," Debbie and Diane offer a new survey and webinar that takes a close look at women as they work in their 50's, 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond. Gathering information from women and employers, this survey and webinar takes a fresh look at success strategies as well as experiences, attitudes, needs and expectations about working later in life.

After registering, please take the following anonymous survey for the webinar by copying the link below and pasting it into your preferred browser:


Survey questions fall into the following categories:
· How have you experienced work after age 50
· The effects of the pandemic on your current work situation
· Your thoughts about what work will look like for you in the future
· Demographics

Your specific survey responses are completely anonymous. You can complete the survey in about 14 minutes, about 20 if you comment extensively.

Jun 16, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Deborah Ferro Burke '73
Partner @Burke + Okrent
Deborah Ferro Burke is a trusted advisor, consultant and coach to leaders and their enterprises. She has built and delivered leadership programs and qualitative assessments and has facilitated high-stakes decision making at Fortune 50 companies, start-ups and universities. She was a pioneer in organization transformation at GE, leading programs at the Crotonville Management Development Institute, and initiating Work-Out, Change-Acceleration Program (CAP), and Six Sigma in several GE businesses and corporate functions. Debbie has been Associate Professor at the Lally School of Management at RPI, and a mentor-instructor in the MIT Undergraduate Practices Program (UPOP). Debbie holds an BA from Smith College, MBA from Columbia University, and Doctorate in Human and Organization Systems from Fielding Graduate University. Email: Debbie@burkeandokrent.com
Diane Okrent '73
Partner @Burke + Okrent
Diane Okrent is a qualitative marketing research consultant with 40+ years’ experience. She moderates focus groups and conducts interviews with consumers and professionals. She is president and founder of DO Research, Inc., marketing research consultants, established in 1991, to provide marketing research direction and consulting services for consumer-oriented and business-to-business clients. Prior to DO Research, Diane was a research executive at CBS Television, Dentsu Young & Rubicam and Wunderman (Young & Rubicam). She has a BA from Smith College and an MBA from New York University. Together, Deborah Ferro Burke and Diane Okrent have created, fielded, analyzed and presented results of comprehensive surveys of the Smith College Class of 1973 for their 35th, 40th and 45th Reunions. They presented a webinar for the Smith Alumnae Association that attracted more than 500 registrants and 775 survey respondents – an Alumnae Association record. Email: Diane@burkeandokrent.com