Keynote Address by Michelle Courtney Berry - "The Gift of Aging"
introduced by Lifelong Board President and Former City of Ithaca Fire Chief - Brian Wilbur -
MICHELLE IS AN ENTREPRENEUR, MOM, SPOUSE, DAUGHTER, AUTHOR, SPEAKER, ACTOR, OCCASIONAL SINGER, ACTIVE COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER AND A LOCAL AREA HIKING LEADER. SHE HAS WALKED ON FIRE, CLIMBED ONE OF THE HIGHEST PEAKS IN THE ADIRONDACKS, SUNG AND TOLD STORIES IN A REMOTE VILLAGE IN AFRICA, APPEARED ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA, RECEIVED PRAISE FROM OPRAH WINFREY AND SHE HAS ALSO OPENED FOR AND SHARED STAGES WITH THE DALAI LAMA, HOWARD ZINN, DR. MAYA ANGELOU AND DOROTHY COTTON. SINCE 1990, SHE HAS DELIVERED MORE THAN 3,500 INSPIRATIONAL TALKS, STAND-UP COMEDY ROUTINES AND KEYNOTE ADDRESSES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND INTERNATIONALLY. MICHELLE HOLDS A GRADUATE DEGREE IN COMMUNICATION
FROM CORNELL UNIVERSITY AND IS THE FORMER POET LAUREATE OF TOMPKINS COUNTY - WE WORKED TOGETHER WHEN I WAS FIRE CHIEF AND MICHELLE WAS SERVING A FOUR-YEAR TERM ON THE CITY OF
ITHACA'S COMMON COUNCIL -AS AN ALDERPERSON AND AN ALTERNATE ACTING MAYOR. CURRENTLY, SHE IS AN EXECUTIVE LIFE COACH SPECIALIZING IN STRESS MANAGEMENT AND WORK-LIFE INTEGRATION. SHE'S HONORED TO BE WITH US TODAY.
To enhance the lives of older adults in Tompkins County.
We are committed to creating a community where growing older well is a vital part of life. Lifelong is a primary resource in meeting that goal. We will thrive as a vibrant hub for a wide variety of activities geared to older adults throughout the county – activities which promote continued mental, physical, and creative growth in a setting which is welcoming and comfortable for all. People will know when they plan their retirement that Lifelong will be there for them as an important part of their continuing quality of life. Volunteers at Lifelong and throughout the community will feel valued as they give back to their community and share their talents with others. Lifelong is here to help everyone navigate issues of aging well.