Charlotte Frank

Ashoka Fellow
New York City, United States
Fellow Since 2006
My work: leading the way for women who reshaped the workforce to reshape retirement


This profile was prepared when Charlotte Frank was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
The New Idea
Charlotte created The Transition Network (TTN) to help women embrace their retirement as a period of growth and renewal when they can channel their considerable skills, experience, and energy into their communities. TTN is a new model for retirement that recognizes and celebrates older women as a resource. Its basic structure of small peer groups allows women to explore their options for the next stage of life and also allows TTN to absorb growing numbers while preserving the intimacy and personal relationships that are central to its effectiveness. Charlotte is building TTN as a national organization of chapters for women over 50 that combines grassroots community-building, advocacy, empowerment, and service for the generation of women who “made room at the top”. Charlotte, through TTN, aims to transform the retirement options for older women and build the capacity of the citizen sector to embrace and utilize their talents and experience.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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