March 23, 2021 • Third Third Journal, Webinar
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This webinar was sponsored by Fuller’s De Pree Center and was recorded on Friday, April 16th, 2021 at 9AM (PT) via Zoom. You can watch the YouTube recording now.
A common retirement story in our culture focuses on the opportunity to do the things you like most of all, whether golfing, traveling, napping, relaxing, or hanging out with grandchildren. Such activities can be quite fine, of course. But those who retire to live only for their own enjoyment are missing out . . . and so are those who could benefit from the wisdom, care, and giftedness of retired people. If you want to flourish in the third third of life, then you need a purposeful retirement.
When it comes to clarifying our purpose in retirement, we have so much to learn from others. We can allow their stories to help us craft our own retirement story, one that is different from the common enjoyment narrative that seems so promising but is, in fact, so limiting. Marc Belton’s retirement story is both instructive and inspirational. He was at the top of his game as an Executive Vice President of one of the largest companies in the United States when he decided it was time to retire. Yet he didn’t just stumble blindly into retirement. Rather, he retired on purpose and with purpose. In this webinar Mark Roberts will interview Marc Belton, listening to his story and helping us all learn how to make sure our retirement is purposeful.
About Our Speakers
Marc Belton had a distinguished career at General Mills, finishing as Executive Vice President of Global Strategy, Growth, Marketing Innovation and New Business Development. He was recognized as one of corporate America’s most powerful African-American executives by Fortune and Black Enterprise as well as one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company magazine.
About six years ago, Marc retired from General Mills. He founded Wisefellows Consulting, serving companies and not-for-profit organizations in matters of strategy, marketing, and new business development. He is also an active Angel Investor and an advisor to Aethlon Capital. In addition to his consulting and advising work, Marc serves in a wide range of community organizations, including the Salvation Army, the Guthrie Theater, Northwestern College, Urban Ventures, and Minnehaha Academy. Marc is also deeply invested in his family and the lives of those for whom he is a mentor.
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Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders, and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Flourishing in the Third Third of Life Initiative. Previously, Mark was the Executive Director of the De Pree Center, the lead pastor of a church in Southern California, and the Senior Director of Laity Lodge in Texas. He has written eight books, dozens of articles, and over 2,500 devotions that help people discover the difference God makes in their daily life and leadership. With a Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard, Mark teaches at Fuller Seminary, most recently in his D.Min. cohort on “Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation.” Mark is married to Linda, a marriage and family counselor, spiritual director, and executive coach. Their two grown children are educators on the high school and college level.