Left to right: Nancy Bearg, Catherine Allen, Jaye Smith
Four women. One shared vision.
It was 2006 when Cathy, Nancy, Jaye, and Rita met around a lunch table at a conference in Puerto Rico. They were taking a break from their hectic lives to relax and share some downtime with a group of other driven and successful women.
One spoke of her decades climbing the corporate ladder and the gratification of winning the title of CEO. Two shared the thrill they’d felt at having built thriving businesses. Another recalled the exhilaration of working at high levels in government and non-profits, then teaching at a university.
Each was highly successful. And each loved her work. And each had taken a break between jobs to refresh and recharge for her next chapter.
The question was, what was next?
When they met again a year later, they realized they shared a passion for helping other people forge new chapters as they had done. So many of their colleagues and friends, they knew, felt stuck in careers and lives that didn’t fit them, or that once had worked for them but that they’d outgrown. Working together, they thought, they could create a new way of helping people find the work—and the lives—they’d always wanted.
Three months later, Cathy, Nancy, Rita, and Jaye started writing the book that became Reboot Your Life. Then they began their Reboot Your Life retreats, launched Reboot Partners, and wrote a book on reinventing into retirement to support the 77 million Baby Boomers on their journeys. Drawing on their extensive experience with individuals, in 2014 they launched their corporate programs for several organizations, especially financial services, where long-tenured employees were facing the decisions related to retiring and what’s next.
Today they offer their signature retreats, workshops, consulting services, and one-on-one coaching for organizations and individuals. They’ve co-authored three books, been interviewed by The New York Times and Good Morning America, and spoken at countless events, inspiring others to take the leap and discover the life they’ve always wanted to live. Their work is based on extensive research, including interviewing over 500 people and 50 corporations, and they’ve sold thousands of their books.
Through virtual and in-person programming, they’ve helped hundreds of people in organizations and individually to transition. Some have found new, more meaningful careers. Some have mapped their path to a rich and meaningful retirement. Some have taken time for a much-needed sabbatical. All have learned that they can get past the blocks and barriers to take control of their careers, stop fearing change, and create the life they want.
Organizations have also benefited greatly from their cutting-edge thinking and customized programs, launched to help organizations meet the challenges of managing the multigenerational workforce. They provide Human Resources, Talent, and Benefits divisions with valuable tools, especially to support employees’ preparation and planning for retirement in a thoughtful and planful way.
The partners are co-authors and authors of several books, including: The Retirement Boom: An All-Inclusive Guide to Money, Life, and Health in Your Next Chapter; Reboot Your Life: Energize Your Career and Life by Taking a Break; A Journal for Inspiration: Reboot Your Life: The Artist’s Way at Work: Riding the Dragon; and Venus Unbound: A Guide to Actualize the Power of Being Female.
“Three powerful, well-organized, successful women, all full of information, intelligence, compassion and business savvy. Very affirming and useful.
“Trust the process. These talented, giving, experienced coaches will lead you on. Your gift will be a safe journey into your next chapter.”
“Cathy, Nancy and Jaye are so inspiring and professional. Everyone should take this time for themselves if they are looking to reboot and create a new journey.”
Reboot Partners, you exceeded all my expectations. Know that you’ve left us all better than you found us. You gave from your hearts. You gave from your mind. You gave hope.”
The Reboot Your Life Retreats are dedicated to our sister and fellow founder of Reboot Partners, Rita Foley, who passed away in 2016. She was a wonderful friend and partner in our mutual endeavors, from writing books, to creating curriculum for our retreats, to forming our business. Rita was a corporate director, retired Fortune 500 Global President, and committed leader in many nonprofit organizations. She coined the phrase, and lived the concept, of a “portfolio career.” Our friendship always came first and we miss her greatly.