This article is part of our #40over40 series.
This is our time! We’re stronger when we work together to lift other women up. Evolve is creating the list we've been waiting for -- the first-ever 40 Over 40 list! We're curating profiles of women who have or are in the process of reinventing their careers in their 40s, 50, 60s and beyond. We're thrilled to share these stories of reinvention - women returning to work, pivoting careers or launching new ventures!
What prompted your career reinvention? I was active in the conservation effort in my community and felt that my knowledge was uneven. At about the same time I received information that my alma mater was offering a master’s degree for community activists such as myself. I called and went for an interview.
What's the best thing about midlife career change? You are absorbing everything that is put in front of you not just cramming for tests. I felt electrified with new purpose.
What's the biggest challenge? Juggling home, children, studying and, once employed, the time demands.
What's your personal mantra or mission? Why? Failure is not an option.
Your best career advice for other women at midlife is... Experiment and find out what interests you, then pursue that and opportunities will follow.