CEO Tom Esselman shares new details about vision for the national catalyst for aging innovation
SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 3, 2012) – When the Institute for the Ages President and CEO Tom Esselman took the helm on June 6, he knew the opportunity to transform aging through the perspective of the oldest county in America was tremendous. One hundred days later, the former Hallmark innovation executive is sharing how the Institute is continuing to take steps to forge a modern approach to transform aging.
A new report released by the Institute outlines how the organization is leveraging local, regional, national and international relationships to create partnerships and projects that advance and uncover opportunities to become a catalyst in the aging space.
“When I joined the Institute, I knew the first 100 days would involve great discovery and reflection,” Esselman said. “The relationships we’ve built this far – including developing preliminary connections with companies like Sanofi and Intel – have positioned us for the next chapter of becoming the world’s leading change agent for transforming aging.”
The report includes new details about how the Institute is driving its mission of transformation.
Connections – With its contract partner Research Triangle International, the Institute is engaging national and international companies on an exploratory basis such as Intel, Hallmark, Sanofi; research universities, including Stanford, Boston College and Georgetown University; and nonprofit and government agencies, including the National Institute on Aging, American Society on Aging and others.
People – The expertise of staff and contract consultants is propelling the Institute’s work. In the coming months, local and national expertise will inform the Institute’s project management, marketing and social media needs. Sarasota’s senior adults and university graduate students will fuel community engagement activities. In addition, three national experts will join the Institute’s board this fall.
Projects – Three data projects are in the works to provide a portrait of Sarasota County and its attributes as the demographically oldest large county in America. In addition, three contracts that will earn income for the Institute will begin – including a project funded by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.
About The Institute for the Ages
The Institute for the Ages was created in 2010 by SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence) to embrace the challenges and opportunities of global aging. Its startup was funded by government and community supporters to combine social good with economic development. The Institute is a private, nonprofit organization with a unique vision of leveraging Sarasota County’s older population to create a national test bed for ideas and technologies that will improve lives, and help individuals and communities worldwide adapt as the world grows older. For more information, please visit www.institutefortheages.org.