Nov 16, 2015
First Class of A. Barry Rand Fellows Announced

WASHINGTON, DC — The A. Barry Rand (ABR) Fellows Program announces its inaugural class, dedicated to helping Life Reimagined create new tools and services for individuals undergoing life transitions as a part of the Life Reimagined Institute (LRI). Named in honor of AARP’s immediate past CEO, the program includes a diverse group of innovative, social entrepreneurs who will be charged with developing groundbreaking projects centered on next-stage innovations and transitions at the personal and organizational level. Support for the ABR Fellows Program is provided by Optum, a leading health services company and the Founding Sponsor of Life Reimagined.

“The way people are living and aging today is changing, creating more opportunities for people to pursue their goals and dreams and fulfill their life’s purpose,” said Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP.  “But in order to succeed, they need new tools and guidance to help them navigate this new stage of life.  AARP strongly supports the work of the A. Barry Rand Fellows as they develop innovative solutions to help people live with meaning and purpose.”

In collaboration with LRI thought leaders, ABR Fellows will be asked to contemplate and design for the following questions as a part of its inaugural theme, “pivoting with purpose”:

  • How can individuals connect their motivations to their goals, thus creating and executing a meaningful plan of action?
  • What tools and/or ideas do individuals need to lower the barriers to breakthrough thinking and concrete actions to reach their goals?
  • What guideposts, along the path of decision-making, can individuals use to pivot to innovation and change?

“Pivoting in today’s new realities requires new tools, more connections, new found confidence, and a comfort with moving in a completely new direction to achieve a desired goal,” said Emilio Pardo, President of Life Reimagined. “This first group of fellows will help us to better understand how people pivot and what can help them to move towards their best life.”

LRI thought leader, Dr. Christopher Metzler Ph.D. will lead the following ABR Fellows in this program:

Jackie Torres
Graduate Research Assistant, Rice University, Department of Psychology

Bryan Dik
Associate Professor of Psychology, Colorado State University

Bill Johnston
Founder & Digital Architect, Structure 3c

Brooke Ozlem Erol
Owner, Purposeful Business

Louise M. Morman
Executive Director, College of Engineering & Computing, Lockheed Martin Leadership Institute at Miami University, Ohio

Zamiul Haque
Branch Chief at National Institutes of Health, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Lori Syverson
Founder, Rock Effect

Roberta K. Taylor
Owner, Pathmaking for Life


“I am honored to have my name associated with a program that will help people live more fulfilling lives,” said A. Barry Rand, former CEO of AARP. “I'm delighted to meet the first class of fellows and learn from them as well.”

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