Gray is the New Green: Unleashing the Power of Older Workers and Volunteers to Build a Stronger Northern New England

Join hundreds of policy, business, research, advocacy and community leaders from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont for Gray is the New Green on May 08, 2016 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, New Hampshire.

Whether as business owners, workers, entrepreneurs, community leaders, mentors or volunteers, older adults across Northern New England will play a pivotal role in keeping our region’s economic engine running.  Older adults are part of what’s been dubbed the “Longevity Economy” and this Summit will explore the many ways they contribute to a vibrant workforce, thriving communities and strong economy.

Workforce: With a steadily aging workforce and shrinking working-age population, Northern New England is facing a looming workforce shortage.  While it will take many strategies to solve this challenge, one critical key to success will be recruiting and retaining older workers and family caregivers in the workforce.  This Summit will highlight effective tools and strategies employers can use to recruit, retrain and retain older workers and family caregivers.

Community Leadership: With older adults living longer than ever, we’ll see mounting health and long term care costs if we don’t create supports that keep people healthy and thriving in their communities.  Older retirees must become engaged community leaders, active volunteers and committed mentors to the next generation of workers. This Summit will explore the ways older adults are transforming communities across the region and strategies for building strong volunteer leadership efforts that meet the growing needs of older adults as they “age in place”.

Who Should Attend: Employers, HR Directors, economic development and workforce leaders, policy and planning leaders, small-business owners, community-based organizations, aging-in-place community leaders and older adults!

There is truly something for everyone at this amazing learning event and our goal is to ensure participants leave with the tools they need to take their work to the next level. So, be sure to check out our agenda to see what we have planned and register today!

Presenter Bios

Registration opens soon!


8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Light Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 Opening Remarks
Jess Maurer, Executive Director, Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging
9:15 – 10:15 Keynote: Experience Never Gets Old …. Take Advantage of It!
Liz Vogel, President & CEO, Dots, Inc., Shelburne, VT
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:45 Panel Presentation: Practice  in Action – Making it Work
Paul Biebel, Biebel Builders, Windsor, VT
Wendy Estabrook, Director, Human Resources, L.L.Bean, Inc., Freeport, ME
Invitations Pending
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch
12:15 – 12:45 Lunch Plenary
Todd Fahey, NH State Director, AARP
12:45 – 1:00 Break
1:00 – 2:30 Breakout Sessions

  1. Meeting the Community Health Needs of a Maturing Population with a Maturing Workforce
  2. Strategies and Tools for Employers: Engaging & Retaining an Older Workforce
  3. What’s Next: Volunteers as New Community Development Leaders
  4. Beyond Retirement: Exploring Financial Challenges & Opportunities Ahead
  5. Creative Opportunities for Encore Careers
  6. Policy Initiatives Across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 3:30 Concluding Thoughts on the Day

Presenter Bios

Liz Vogel, MEd.
President and CEO, Dots, Inc.

Liz Vogel

Liz Vogel brings extensive experience to the field with an MEd in Counseling & Psych; Adult Development & Learning, a BA in Organizational Development and Communication, ICF certified in Retirement Coaching, certified in Career Placement and over 25 years of experience in business consulting with Fortune 100 companies and start-ups. She is President and CEO of Dots, Inc., a company created to connect the dots between people and the information they need.  Dots, Inc. focuses on guiding businesses and individuals transitioning from their full-time career into the next chapter of work or preparing for retirement.

Venue and Accomodations

The Grappone Conference Center is conveniently located off I-93 at 70 Constitution Avenue in Concord, New Hampshire.

Adjacent to the Grappone is a Courtyard Marriott for conference attendees who wish to room overnight. Rooms are available at a reduced rate of $139 (plus tax) if you reserve your space by April 20th.  Make your reservation online or call 1-603-225-0303 and be sure to mention the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

The next closest lodging option is Holiday Inn Concord Downtown, 172 N Main St, Concord, NH 03301 – located just 1 mile from the Grappone Conference Center!

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

With over 250 expected participants at the Summit and an expansive list of individuals interested in the Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging, this event is a great place to spread the message about your organization or business.

Payment Information coming soon!

Keynote Sponsor




OLLI a Granite State College

Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association