John Tarnoff

Reinvention Career Coach & University Educator

John Tarnoff is a reinvention career coach who provides career counseling for baby boomer and late career professionals looking to defy ageism, work beyond retirement, and pivot to a new job or new business as a second act or encore career. He is the author of the forthcoming book: "Boomer Reinvention: How to Create Your Dream Career after 50," launching February 7, 2017. Fired 39% over the course of his 40 year career as a Los Angeles-based entertainment industry executive, John learned the secrets of turning setbacks into successes. When his tech startup folded at the end of the dotcom bubble in 2001, he went back to school at age 50 to figure out a second act career, and earned a master’s degree in spiritual psychology. Pivoting to a focus on people and career counseling, he joined DreamWorks Animation as Head of Show Development from 2006 – 2009, developing culture-changing creative leadership training and college recruiting programs that helped the company earn a place on both Forbes’ and Fortune’s “100 Best Places to Work” lists. In 2010, he joined the Carnegie Mellon University Los Angeles-based Master of Entertainment Industry Management graduate program, serving as a graduate level professor and Head of Industry Relations. In 2012, he launched his Boomer Reinvention® career coaching program, a flexible, practical 5-step, 23-strategy methodology. This set of modular tools lets anyone, at any stage in their career planning process, to envision and implement a second stage career. John began his career as a literary agent, film studio production executive and film producer. A co-founder of Village Roadshow Pictures from 1988-1991, he moved into interactive development and founded Talkie, Inc. a conversational AI technology startup. John holds a B.A. magna-cum-laude from Amherst College, and a M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. He grew up in New York and Paris, and lives in Los Angeles.