At a May 19th breakfast hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School DC Alumni Council and AARP, AARP’s first female CEO Jo Ann Jenkins shared her views on aging and the $7.1 trillion longevity economy, followed by a lively discussion with the multigenerational audience. Moderator Nancy Bearg introduced Ms. Jenkins after making opening remarks about social policy, intergenerational relations and the workforce, and other challenges and opportunities presented by the wave of 110 million Americans 50 and older moving through society.

Ms. Jenkins shared how AARP is sparking new conversations and solutions so more people can choose how they live and age. AARP’s call to action is to build design solutions that aim to fulfill the needs of all generations, leading with the 50-plus consumer in mind. These are also topics of her new book, Disrupt Aging.