Partners & Impact

The UMAC Difference

We have before us a tremendous opportunity to redeploy the skills and experience of encore adults for the greater good.

Boomers (born 1946-64) are leaving their career jobs at the rate of 10,000 a day, and GenXers are close behind. Some are recareering at midlife to better align with priorities at this stage of life. Others seek alternatives to outdated models of retirement. For the majority of encore adults, work in some capacity is an expectation, preference and need.

UMAC can serve as a bridge to social impact work for encore adults, whether paid or volunteer. Nonprofits and social enterprises benefit from tapping into the skills of this population to expand capacity and deepen impact in addressing our community’s pressing needs.

UMAC offers benefits to individuals, Nonprofits, and the business/corporate communities.




Community Partners

Here are some examples of partners that have hosted UMAC fellows.

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity logo
Luthern Social Service of Minnesota Logo
Second Harvest Heartland Logo - text with stylized grain forming a circle.
City of Red Wing Logo
AARP Experience Corps
US House of Representatives Seal with text reading US Congressman Dean Phillips Serving the 3rd District of Minnesota
Mary's Pence Logo reading Funding Women, Changing Lives.
Finnovation Lab
Initiative Foundation
Be the Match


Nonprofit/Social Sector

Photograph of Carl Adamek and Shelby Vraspier standing in front of an A Brush with Kindness project where a house is being painted.
Carl Adamek and Shelby Vraspier

Encore adults bring relevant experience in key areas such as marketing, IT, HR, operations, and management. Over their careers, they developed people skills, organizational management, project leadership, and relational skills that are needed in the nonprofit sector.

UMAC connects the dots between nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, and public institutions, helping them strategically tap talent to expand capacity and deepen impact in addressing our community’s pressing needs.

As they deepen their understanding of their host organization’s mission, purpose, and impact, encore adults may also form lasting ties.


The aging workforce presents challenges and opportunities for corporations facing employee retirements and transitions in leadership. As they plan for transitions, employers need accurate projections and concrete plans around succession, knowledge transfer, recruitment, training, and mentoring next generation talent.

The urgency is real. By 2024, one out of every four workers will be 55 and older.

UMAC can help

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University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) guides late career professionals as they transition from career jobs into what's next. UMAC prepares leaders for new roles and identities, connects them with nonprofits to address community needs, and offers inroads to the richness of the University of Minnesota environment as corporate leaders explore their encores.

For corporations, UMAC offers benefits for workforce planning (exit runways, time for knowledge transfer, transitioning of responsibilities), investment in communities (adding talent to charitable giving efforts), employee relations (graceful exits for valued employees, reputation as a great place to work), recruitment of talent (building brand identity with high potential university students), and cutting edge research and scholarship (expanding knowledge and connections with researchers and thought leaders at a leading university).

UMAC builds on research findings of Minnesota employers and their approaches to engaging an aging workforce (Moen, Kojola and Schaefers, 2017).