September 27, 2021

Listen to Ron's Interview with Leah Frankel

A Simple, 3-Step Plan to Achieving Retirement Fulfillment


Episode description:  

Planning for retirement triggers all sorts of thoughts: excitement, hope, expectation—and yes, a dose of anxiety. We worry about financial security (did we save enough?) but we’re often not prepared for the emotional and social aspects of this major life transition. In today’s episode, Leah Frankel— who has created the entrepreneurial role of “Retirement Journey Advocate”—offers a sharp and refreshing perspective on how to prepare for this next chapter of life. Whether you want to launch a second career; have a side-job or hobby, volunteer, travel, or just sit back and relax, Leah will guide and support you through a stress-free workplace exit, prepared for a new identity and fulfilling experiences. Leah, herself, retired three years ago from a highly successful 30-year career with L’Oreal, and in the process discovered how to transfer her skills and talents into a meaningful second act—and guide others how to do the same. In today’s conversation with host Ron Roel, Leah will explain her simple, 3-step process for leaving a long-time career—a common-sense approach that combines attention to administrative and procedural details with strategic goals and priorities. She’ll also provide a list of 7 key tips and insights to start your retirement journey, from creating a list of “hard and soft skills”; to adapting from a corporate structure to flexible time schedules; creating new relationships and social networks; and learning how (and when) to take breaks to recharge. Finally, drawing from her own personal experiences, Leah will talk about the importance of finding fulfillment, not just happiness, in retirement—finding ways to continue making a difference, imparting your experiences to the next generations, and feeling that life is important and meaningful.

Guest description:  

Leah Frankel is a “retirement journey advocate” who guides pre-retirees and retirees from their workplace into retirement,  using a 3-step process she developed while transitioning from her own career to a new life chapter.  Leah retired in February 2018, after completing 30 years with L’Oreal USA.  During her tenure with L’Oreal, she was promoted several times to positions of increasing responsibility.  While Assistant Vice-President of Sales Administration for the Multi-Cultural Beauty Division, she received the “STAR Award for Commitment to Excellence and the Desire to Inspire Others.”  For the past three years, Leah has leveraged her career and life skills into a rewarding entrepreneurial business. Her mantra is: “Road-mapping the Workplace to Retirement Journey for the 50+ audience with a straightforward, stress-free and simple process.” She has been the keynote speaker at women’s empowerment events, as well as  schools of business administration at local universities.  Most recently, she was honored to be a guest speaker for GETSETUP, an online community of people who want to learn new skills and connect with others. Leah holds an MBA from Adelphi University, where she was inducted into its Profiles in Success Program in 2017, in addition to certifications in Leadership and Change Management. Leah’s newly flexible schedule also has given her the opportunity to spend more time with friends and family, focus on health and wellness (she trains to run 5K’s), and travel domestically and internationally. 


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