Helen Dennis is a nationally-recognized leader and speaker on issues of aging and the new retirement. As one of the nation’s experts on preparing for the non-financial aspects of retirement, she has worked with more than 20,000 employees at corporations and universities to do just that. These include senior executives, managers, factory workers, engineers, physicians, university faculty and staff, accountants, rabbis and more.
She has received awards for her university teaching at USC’s Davis School, Andrus Gerontology Center and for her contributions to the field of aging, the community and literary arts. In 2016 she was recognized by PBS Next Avenue as one of the 50 influencers in aging, continuing to push traditional boundaries and change our understanding of what it means to grow old.
In her volunteer life, she has served as president of five nonprofit organizations and serves on several boards.
Helen is the co-founder of Project Renewment, a movement of career women defining their next chapters in life, and co-author of The Los Angeles Times Bestseller, Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model for Career Women. She writes a syndicated column on Successful Aging for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group reaching 1.6 million readers weekly. Author of nearly 100 articles, she also has edited two books: Retirement Preparation: What Retirement Specialists Need to Know and 14 Steps in Managing an Aging Work Force.
With an emphasis on employment, Helen has created innovative programs encouraging older adults to enter the labor force and has conducted research on employment and retirement issues as well as serving as an expert witness for some of the largest class-action age discrimination suits in the U.S.