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The Inspiring Tale of a Fulfilling, Changing—and Unretiring—Life
When we graduate from college, we often have little idea of where we’ll find ourselves in the second half of life. We wonder how our career will evolve; how we will grow a family and move into our middle ages; what surprises will be revealed; and what legacy we will leave our family and friends—and the planet. In today’s episode, we talk with Leslie Danoff, a long-time friend who graduated in the ground-breaking first freshmen class of women at Yale; embarked on a career in professional broadcast journalism and documentary filmmaking; raised a family of three sons; and took an unusual turn into the world of conservation, co-founding Global Forest Generation, a nonprofit whose mission is to accelerate meaningful forest restoration—and help stave off the scourge of climate change. Leslie will offer her wide-ranging observations about lifelong learning and how she made unconventional moves into uncharted territory later in life, and how we can all continue to grow—45 Forward.
Leslie Danoff is Co-founder and founding COO of the conservation nonprofit, Global Forest Generation. Previously, as board director of Rainforest Trust from 2013 to 2016, she provided strategic leadership that enabled the nonprofit to grow substantially. Leslie’s professional highlights as a broadcast journalist include working with Bill Moyers in Public Television and Walter Cronkite at CBS News. At CBS she also worked on news specials and documentaries (“The CIA’s Secret Army” with Bill Moyers) and developed a multi-part series for the CBS Morning News. At New York’s public television station, WNET, she co-produced a series devoted to critical New York City issues, “NY & Co.” which won two Emmys. In 2003, Leslie produced/co-directed “Saturday and Reuben’s,” an independent film about a community of magicians in NYC who shared secrets and camaraderie every Saturday for more than six decades (NY and LA International Film Festival.) First and foremost, Leslie’s passion is for family—her husband of 41 years, three sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren.