The Sharon | Events - The Villages Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center

$35.00, *$20.00

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Growing Bolder's Launchpad to What's Next Live!

May 30th, 2019

Showtime: 7:00pm


We all wonder, "What's next and how do I create it?" Launchpad to What's Next LIVE! answers the most important questions, addresses the biggest fears, and inspires the kind of lifestyle change that empowers healthy and active aging. It's a high-energy, educational and inspiration-packed program… with every guest excited to reignite their passion and discover What's Next!

Featuring: Diana Nyad, iconic long-distance swimmer, Dr. Roger Landry, best-selling author and longevity expert, Rowdy Gaines, 3-time Olympic gold medalist and NBC Sports commentator, Dr. Bill Thomas, WSJ Top 10 Innovator on Disrupting Aging, Jim Smith, Renowned motivational speaker and author of The No-Excuse Guide to Success, and Marc Middleton, national expert on rebranding aging and founder of Growing Bolder. This event will also be the live taping of the national Public Broadcasting television show to be aired in December 2019!

Marc Middleton, Founder and CEO of Growing Bolder, is a television journalist, author, and who focuses on the changing culture of aging. A multiple Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, Marc is a 7-time Masters Swimming world record holder. His new book, Growing Bolder, Defy the Cult of Youth, is available on

Dan Buettner is an explorer, National Geographic Fellow, award-winning journalist and producer, and a New York Times bestselling author. He identified the five places in the world -- the Blue Zones -- where people live the longest, healthiest lives and has been sharing their secrets ever since.

Jean Chatzky is the financial editor for NBC's TODAY show, an award-winning personal finance journalist, a New York Times bestselling author and founder and CEO of HerMoney, a multimedia company changing the relationships women have with money.

Rowdy Gaines is a 3-time Olympic gold medalist who broke 10 world records. He's the voice of swimming, an 8-time Olympic broadcaster for NBC. A multiple masters swimming world record holder, Rowdy is a tireless advocate for the importance of swimming lessons for people of all ages.

Barbara Hannah Grufferman is a champion for women over 50 and a powerful advocate for positive aging. She’s a best-selling author, a marathoner, a healthy living guru, and a regular contributor to television and radio shows.

Dr. Roger Landry is one of the world's pre-eminent authorities on active longevity and compressed morbidity. He's a former Air Force Flight Surgeon, the bestselling author of Live Long, Die Short, president of Masterpiece Living, and is seen regularly on national broadcast networks.

Roger McGuinn is a founding member of the Byrds, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is credited with creating folk rock, country rock, and psychedelic rock. His creativity has influenced everyone from George Harrison to Tom Petty to Bruce Springsteen

Diana Nyad In 2013, Diana Nyad became the first person, male or female, of any age, to swim without a shark cage from Havana, Cuba to Key West. She swam into history, delivering an inspiring message that transcends her amazing feat. She's a best-selling author, journalist, and motivational speaker.

Bill Shafer is Executive Vice President of Growing Bolder, an Emmy-nominated broadcast journalist, contributor and co-host of the critically acclaimed Growing Bolder TV and radio shows, and associate editor of Growing Bolder Magazine.

Jim Smith Jr. CSP is a best-selling author, authenticity expert, motivational speaker, and transformational training master who helps people worldwide reach their full potential through his "no excuses" philosophy.

Dr. Bill Thomas is a Harvard-trained geriatrician, renowned for de-institutionalizing nursing homes worldwide. In his 50s, he reinvented himself as a provocative onstage performer and his Changing Aging Tour challenged the declinist narrative surrounding aging. Now, in his 60s Tomas is ready for his third act; revolutionizing the housing market with a new venture -- Minka: Homes and Communities.

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