When senior citizen advocate Jackie Goldberg takes on the topic of senior citizen empowerment for the Global Women’s Empowerment Network’s GWEN Talks January 19, it will be immediately evident to attendees that she tackles the topic perhaps more comprehensively than anyone else.
Known as the “Pink Lady” for her propensity to wear pink, Goldberg is a well-known motivational speaker, teacher, actor, writer, and toastmaster. For more than 40 years, she has been in the fashion industry as a Women’s Wear Daily’s marketing & sales representative and has motivated employees by boosting morale and improving sales techniques. The former Mrs. Senior Los Angeles County (2005), 80-year-old Goldberg continues to set the pace for those interested in living a good life into old age.
When her husband died after 38 years of marriage, she took on his mantra “Life is for the Living,” and she’s out to spread the word.
To Goldberg, empowerment means many things – “getting your life together physically, mentally and spiritually,” reinventing yourself and applying lessons from her “words for the wise” that detail how to make the middle years of life an adventure and the last chapters filled with energy, enthusiasm and excitement. Her favorite topic, which she’ll prominently feature during her GWEN Talks presentation, is effective communication – which revolves around how to communicate with difficult family/friends/significant others by ending the “negative and beginning the positive.”
Not shy about any topic, she also applies empowerment to a wide range of life experiences from humor in aging, love and relationships, and senior sexuality.
She was quoted in the LA Times saying, “Within the next five years, some 7,000 people a week will be turning 60!” These stats ensure a growing audience for years to come.