Jane Glenn Haas, WomanSage

Jane Glenn Haas is a multimedia personality—a newspaper writer, national columnist, book author, television host, professional speaker, and the founder of WomanSage, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support for women in midlife through educational programs and social philanthropy. The organization is a member-driven community of women 45 years and older united to promote women in the second half of their lives.

WomanSage focuses on financial literacy; women's health; the self, including both inner and outer beauty; careers and transitions; caregiving; and relationships. WomanSage offers a news-based Web site, annual conferences, monthly salon meetings and a network of special interest groups on topics of interest, such as book clubs, dining, theater, civic engagement, and travel.

As a testimony to her vision, in less than four years, WomanSage has become a national organization reaching more than 6,000 women with regular emails, Web site updates, blogs, and a newsletter. There are four established chapters and more than 20 in formation.

Haas is currently writing a book—Shift Happens—on the many ways women deal with second midlife crisis events—from loss of a job to divorce and widowhood. She has collected more than 3,800 surveys from midlife women worldwide talking about how their lives are different from their mothers’. Click here to take the survey.

In November 2006, Haas retired, ending a 25-year career as a writer for the Orange County Register. However, she continues to write two columns weekly for the newspaper. “Our Time” and “Our Health” are distributed to 300 newspapers by McClatchy News Service. A recent column on remarriage at midlife garnered 493 survey responses in eight days.

Twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, she has been honored for Excellence in Aging Reporting with the Hugh Downs Award of the International Longevity Center, the American Society on Aging Media Award, the American Medical Writers Association Rose Kushner Award, the American Heart Association C. Everett Koop Award, the Alzheimer’s Association Rosemary Award, and many others.

Her research on women at midlife has already led to coverage by TIME magazine, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and other publications. She was asked to be a featured writer in a special TIME report on women at midlife.

She has appeared on The Today Show and was recently a featured speaker at the Texas Governor’s Conference for Women, the Massachusetts Governor’s Conference for Women, and the Xerox Women’s Alliance. Los Angeles CBS-TV commentator Stacey Butler featured Haas and WomanSage in a two-part series on the Channel 2 evening news in December 2009.

She is a speaker at a variety of local and national events, including panelist at the International Longevity Center in New York, featured speaker for AARP conventions and meetings, a regular presenter at the American Society on Aging, and emcee and host for many local and state events. She is the author of Time of Your Life: Why Almost Everything Gets Better After Fifty (Seven Locks Press). For seven years, she hosted a call-in television program on aging issues on the former OCN cable station. She appears regularly on PBS stations KCET and KOCE.

Jane Glenn Haas can be reached at jghaas@aol.com.

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