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Wisdom Edit, February 2024

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Did you know pink carnations symbolise affection? That’s what graces this month’s newsletter banner. With today being Valentine’s Day, we can’t help but express our love and affection for our dear WisGen* community. We are over 37k strong, and your faith in us pushes us to strive to continue bringing you meaningful opportunities to work and engage.

In this edition, we asked members of our community to share how they’ve remained connected with friends, old and new, in the second act of their lives. Shoba Narayan, drawing from her decades-long marriage, shares how love requires patience, forgiveness, and investing, especially as one gets older. Shubha Apte, a member of WisdomCircle, shares her experience with us in the Spotlight and so much more. Keep reading to discover.

If you’d like to join a community of link-minded professionals on WisdomCircle, the WisGen Community might be the place for you. You can join the waitlist by filling out this form.

*those over the age of 50 with a lifetime of experience

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Sukoon is looking for Financial Advisors and Legal Advisors (Saarthis) to engage in compassionate voice or video conversations with elders, address their legal/financial concerns, and provide empathetic support for issues like family disputes and financial planning.

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Kirloskar Institute of Management (KIM) is looking for experienced professionals to take Knowledge Sessions in Accounts, finance, and international finance as guest lecturers. 

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Opportune Wealth is looking for an Operations Manager to oversee client onboarding and closures, maintain accurate trade data, have real-time communication with stakeholders, be familiar with data protocols, and provide daily MIS data, all while working independently with limited guidance.

Please sign in to your WisdomCircle account to browse and apply for opportunities that suit your requirements. 

WisdomCircle routinely organises events for our valued members. These sessions are thoughtfully curated to align with the unique interests, needs, and aspirations of our community.

Register for an upcoming event

Join our session with Yellow, experts in inheritance law, to learn about Trusts as an estate planning tool and how they differ from Wills. The session will cover the types of Trusts and their tax implications and use real-life case studies to provide insights. 
If you'd like to refresh your knowledge of Wills or simply test yourself, Yellow has shared a brief and informative document on Wills. Read it here

Thursday, 15 February | 4 to 5 PM IST

Register for an upcoming event

Join SALT's insightful session, where you will learn to decode your portfolio, assess your risk appetite, achieve a balanced Equity-Debt ratio, explore tax-free bonds and Sovereign Gold Bonds, and create your SALT Hygiene Checklist for informed investment decisions. 

Thursday, 22 February | 4 to 5 PM IST

As a member of WisdomCircle, you have access to the recordings of past sessions on topics like how to be an independent director, financial planning for seniors, and more on the Events page! 

About Shuba Apte

With over three decades of experience in the Technology and Manufacturing sectors, Shubha has held leadership roles across esteemed organisations such as Motorola India, Dell International Services, Thomson Reuters, and Tata Consulting Services. Her expertise spans global team management, sales, customer services, operations, quality management, and strategy.

Her last corporate assignment was as VP and Global Head of Enterprise Business Group at Thomson Reuters. Her CTO role for Technology Integration provided her with invaluable insights into post-acquisition technology integration.

Looking back, what would you tell your younger self about preparing for retirement?

"Drawing inspiration from my parents' disciplined lifestyle and prudent financial planning, I began planning for retirement early in my career.

If I could impart wisdom to my younger self, I would emphasise the importance of financial management and retirement savings while advocating for embracing life's pleasures, staying in the moment, nurturing self-belief, perpetually learning, and consistently striving toward personal aspirations.

Your age should never hinder the pursuit of dreams.”

What are you passionate about, and how do you spend your time now?

"My passions include reading, writing, coaching, and mentoring younger generations to propel their career trajectories. I also facilitate workshops and mentoring sessions tailored for aspiring women leaders.

In 2016, I was the Program Director for the First Linkage Inc. program "Women In Leadership," conducted in India.

I derive immense joy from exploring new destinations and immersing myself in diverse experiences."

Her experience with WisdomCircle

"I have had a very positive experience with WisdomCircle. Their efforts to connect experienced professionals with businesses seeking talent are commendable. I have consistently had excellent interactions with the WisdomCircle team. They are professional and engaged and foster an enriching, collaborative environment."

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How to love in your fifties, sixties and seventies

This Valentine's Day, celebrated author Shoba Narayan reflects on what truly keeps love alive in long-term relationships. Forget butterflies and fireworks - Shoba dives into the messy reality of fights, compromises, and the power of "forgiving and investing."

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The Art of Making Friends: Lessons from Experienced Voices

Heading into our next chapters, building fulfilling connections remains important. So, we asked WisGen, “What are your favourite ways to stay happily connected and make new friends, even as life changes and evolves?”

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Is Executive Coaching as a Career Right for You?

Executive coaching can be a fulfilling path, but it's important to have realistic expectations. Ganesh Chella, Founder of Totus Consulting and Co-Founder and MD of CFI, shares his insights in this blog post for WisdomCircle.

To share your articles, blogs, and other written content related to your post-retirement experience, write to us at content@wisdomcircle.com

WisdomCircle honours those challenging cultural expectations of elders slowing down and retreating into retirement by shining light on their journey through an inspiring series called “Wisdom Stories”. 

We interviewed Ms Shukla Bose, one of the honourees of 58 Over 58, a collaborative endeavour spearheaded by WisdomCircle and INK. The mission is to spotlight the narratives of 58 remarkable individuals annually who are meaningfully engaged in their post-retirement phase.

Shukla was in the corporate world for 26 years in the hospitality industry before she quit to start an NGO from her kitchen table about 20 years ago with her lifetime savings. The NGO Parikrma Humanity Foundation runs schools for street, slum and orphaned children in Bangalore. She says, "Today, my flex is my ability to balance a successful career with meaningful relationships and personal well-being. Two decades ago, my flex would have been solely focused on climbing the corporate ladder and accumulating material possessions. Back then, I measured success by job titles and salary figures, but now, it's about fulfilment and balance."

Have an achievement you'd like to share with us? Write to us at engage@wisdomcircle.com

Starting up after 50: Lessons on entrepreneurship from the ‘wisdom generation’

We are thrilled to have our series ‘Wisdom Stories’ featured in the Economic Times recently. Read on to learn about WisGen, who chose the entrepreneurship route post-retirement.

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Getting Active Post Retirement

WisdomCircle has been featured in Dignity Dialogue, India's leading monthly magazine dedicated to promoting productive ageing. Their commitment to empowering older adults aligns perfectly with our mission at WisdomCircle, where we leverage technology to connect retired professionals and organisations with each other globally. 

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Curated By: Vaibhavi Prashanth and Shitanshu Maurya from WisdomCircle


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