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    • Carol Orsborn
    • Carol Orsborn, Ph.D. is founder of Fierce with Age, providing speaking/consulting and training to the wellness, healthcare and aging communities. The author of 21 books, Dr. Orsborn is a leading expert on three of the latest trends: resilience, the changing face of aging and spirituality and technology.

      Dr. Orsborn has delivered keynote speeches, brand blogging, training and marketing counsel to major agencies and brands, including Wellpoint, Humana and Prudential.

      Resilience Expertise

      Through her organizational leadership training Resilience 2.0 ( Dr. Orsborn has brought her work in resilience and intuitive decision-making to such corporate clients as The Walt Disney Company, ABC, Wellpoint, PacifiCare, and Southern California Edison.

      Her book titles include The Art of Resilience (Random House) and the two primary books on Boomer women: Vibrant Nation: What Women 50+ Know, Think, Do and Buy (Preface by Ken and Maddy Dychtwald/co-author Stephen Reily) and Boom: Marketing to the Ultimate Power Consumer—the Baby Boomer Woman (with M. Brown), which was the first book dedicated to helping brands market to women 50+. Dr. Orsborn has blogged professionally for PBS's, Humana ( and as “Inside the Nation” blogger and Senior Strategist with, the leading online community for women 50+.

      Simplicity and Work/Life Balance

      Dr. Orsborn has been a leading voice for her generation of women since she founded her first life stage initiative, Overachiever’s Anonymous, in the late 1980’s. The organization is credited as a progenitor of both the simplicity and work/life balance movements. Continuing to chronicle the challenges faced and overcome by the women of her generation, her books include The Art of Resilience: 100 Paths to Wisdom and Strength in an Uncertain World (Random House) and Nothing Left Unsaid: Words of Strength and Wisdom to Help You and Your Loved Ones through the Hardest Times (Conari). She has appeared multiple times on The Today Show , and on Oprah, NBC Nightly News and in the pages of The New York Times , USA Today and People Magazine. Her blogs and op-eds on midlife, spirituality and aging run regularly on, as well as on Huffington Post, Third Age and Divine

      Education and Academic Appointments

      A life stage expert, Dr. Orsborn received her Masters of Theological Studies and Doctorate in The History and Critical Theory of Religion from Vanderbilt University, studying adult development and ritual studies. Teaching ethics and resilience, she has served on the faculties of Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University’s Leadership Development Center of the Owen Graduate School of Management, Loyola Marymount University and the Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Educational and Psychology.

      Dr. Orsborn lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband Dan, and their dog Lucky. She is the mother of two adult children, and the grandmother of one.

Wrestling with Angels: On Taking Risks at 65

Do you imagine yourself at some point in the future radically changed in nature? For instance, you have always been a risk-taker, someone who lives life large but always assumed that by the time you hit 65, you’d be careful and serene? There’s nothing wrong with changing our minds about who we are or want to be: to develop aspects of ourselves that have been neglected in the past. At least in theory. But in reality, on the eve of turning 65 next week, in the midst of a big life transition, I am rethinking some key assumptions I’ve held about who I would be at 65.

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Fierce with Age: Chasing God and Squirrels in Brooklyn

In her breakthrough generational memoir, Boomer expert Carol Orsborn relates the ups and downs of a tumultuous year spent facing, busting, and ultimately triumphing over the stereotypes of growing old. Along the way, she nurtures a love-starved …

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