This is why we need to expand our engagement with the rest of the world, just as the vision of the Peace Corps demands. We must deepen our commitment to diversity and service; we must strengthen our commitment to education; and we must elect leaders who demand that we aim to meet these goals, not ones who deride them.
While it's clearly not a fit for everyone, one example of the boom in encore careers is the rising incidence of people 50-plus joining the Peace Corps.
Peter Laugharn (pronounced LAW-harn) serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Peter is a passionate leader with 25 years of foundation and nonprofit experience internationally, with a focus on improving the well-being of vulnerable children.
My 18-year-old daughter is college-bound this week. It's my turn to get caught in the glaring lights of late adolescence -- the ones that illuminate the unfinished business of the previous generations.