The Transition Network

Embracing Change After 50

aka TTN   |   New York, NY   |  www.thetransitionnetwork.org

Mission

The Transition Network (TTN) is an inclusive community of professional women 50 and forward whose changing life situations lead them to seek new connections, resources and opportunities.  Through small group interactions, programs and workshops, members inspire and support each other to continue a life of learning, engagement and leadership in the world.  As a national organization, The Transition Network is a voice for women who continue to change the rules.

The main focus of TTN is to build a community of women who support one another as they transition into the next stage of their lives. The themes of "Connect-Discover-Impact" are carried out by bring members together, helping them learn about their options and opportunities and allowing them to determine their own impact.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Transition Network is a national organization that brings women together during this stage of their lives, as they are determining how to build a meaning next stage of life. Unlike generations before them, today's 50+ woman is facing many years after leaving her primary career, during which she wants to be intellectually engaged, relevant and able to make an impact.

The central office connects the various chapters together, establishes the basis by which a chapter must operate to be a TTN chapter and then provides guidance and support as they deliver the mission to its members. We are funded by membership dues and board and individual donations.

The engagement of volunteers is critical to the success of TTN. Being involved in chapter management allows women to use their skills and experience in new ways. They connect with one another and find commonality in their situation while retaining their uniqueness as women.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Ms. Susan M Collins

Main address

One Penn Plaza Suite 6166

New York, NY 10019 USA

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EIN

13-4116831

NTEE code info

Mutual/Membership Benefit Organizations, Other N.E.C. (Y99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When women face live after 50, they are leaving behind their identity - as a career woman, a parent, a volunteer. Often this leaves them without a network of support and feeling like they are no longer relevant. TTN brings women together so they can build new networks, discover new ways to use their skills and expertise and determine the impact they want to have on their community. Aging often leads to isolation, another problem that the TTN community of women helps to solve. Groups, events and activities offer opportunities for connection and engagement. TTN members build relationships to support each other through this transition process. They often build lasting friendships so they face the next stage of life together.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Transition Peer Groups

Transition peer groups bring together 8 to 12 women on a monthly basis, to discuss shared issues including careers, retirement, family issues, new pursuits, current events, entrepreneurship and many other subjects. In 2013 TTN offers over 75 transition peer groups across the country.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Seniors

Chapters host events that bring members together for social connection. These events range from small groups to large gatherings to celebrate the achievements of the chapter, individual members or committees.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults

TTN partners with local organizations to provide learning opportunities for members. These include health, career, activism, volunteer opportunities. The topics are as varied as members' interests.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Seniors

Workshop introducing women to the concept of transition. Participants create an action plan to work through the stages with strength and vision.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Chapters offer programs on all areas of transition - career, relationships, physical/health. Programs are created and delivered "in-house."

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

The Caring Collaborative is TTN's peer support program related to health issues, linking our informal member network to each other and to the formal health system. With aging populations and more people living alone, the Caring Collaborative offers vital short-term support and long-term connections.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Seniors

Where we work

Awards

Mature Markets Media Book Award - Smart Women Don't Retire - They Break Free 2008

Mature Markets Media

Fellowship to co-founder Charlotte Frank 2007

Ashoka - Innovators for the Public

Purpose Prize Fellowship to co-founders Christine Millen and Charlotte Frank 2006

Civic Ventures

Affiliations & memberships

Encore Network 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Seniors

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Members in TTN participate in small groups, special interest groups workshops, programs and events to determine what's next for them.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Transition Network wants to help its members determine how they can build a meaningful life, one that keeps them intellectually engaged, relevant and useful. As we are living longer after we have left our primary careers, our members want to use their skills purposefully and in ways that add value to their lives and the lives of others.

Our mission can be described in three words - Connect, Discover, Impact. We bring women together in the Network so that can connect and support each other as they navigate their transitions. Together they discover new perspectives as their priorities change. Each determines the impact she wants to have - on herself, other members and the community at large.

We offer small group interactions, educational program and and the opportunity to provide service to community organizations in need of their experience and expertise. Through these interactions and the impact programs, members build a meaningful life of purpose.

We are unique in our positioning in the "positive aging market." We focus on the time between career and full retirement, providing support and learning about transition. We partner with other organizations who have expertise in encore careers, entrepreneurship and other specialties which may be useful to our members in determining their next act.

We have over 8,500 former members who have transitioned to their next act. Over 56% of our members are involved in some sort of community impact program. 72% of our members engage in small group activity and at least 50% have attended one or more program.

Our challenge is to reach more women outside physical chapters through online communities and webinars. We also want to continue to develop unique programs focused on this specific stage of life.

In 2020, despite COVID, we engaged members online and celebrated 20 years of connecting women and engaging them in discovering their own life of meaning and purpose.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We were headed in the direction of adding online experiences to serve our non-chapter location members. COVID pushed us ahead of schedule. We also offer more online webinars in our Discover Series which has been very popular.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Transition Network

Board of directors
as of 9/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Carol Oswald

Linda Paige Levine

Marlene Gerber

Chrissa Merron

JoAnne D'Aleo

Carol Oswald

Dale Davis

Wanda Olson

Amy Kotkin

Sara Werder

Ellen Murphy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No