John E. Nelson, Purposeful Retirement Author and Advocate
John E. Nelson is a nationally known writer and speaker on life stage planning, focusing on how people plan for better prosperity, health and happiness. He the author of "What Color Is Your Parachute - for Retirement" with Richard Bolles.
John started his career as a technical retirement plan consultant, when he realized that the technicalities of retirement planning did not always translate well to personal life planning. He embarked on earning at PhD at the University of Wisconsin where he was able to study with visionaries including Martin Seligman, University of Pennsylvania, and David Cooperrider, Case Western Reserve, to look at retirement in a different way.
John took all he was learning and developed the "Well-Being Model" as a practical and concrete model for helping future retirees allocate assets in their portfolios along with making life decisions such as where to live and how to find the ideal career. As John says, "I've been working to figure out a better way for us to plan the second half of life. Not just our careers and finances, but our lives."
While the Well Being Model is based in theory, many organizations were able to immediately see the practical applications. It was adopted by the U.S. government as the underlying structure for an employee education program for all federal agencies. The Model also has been used by AARP and Fortune "100 Best Companies to Work For" employers and others to help structure their employee education programs.
John continues his research on the "Well Being Model" as he works to complete his PhD at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he teaches courses in continuing studies such as "Retirement Happiness: Planning Your Next Stage of Life". He travels frequently to speak to professional groups, educators, employees and many other audiences. Events range from conferences and workshops, to in-house events.
He has presented to a wide range of national conferences including:
The Financial Planning Association
The Society for Human Resource Management
The National Pension Education Association
The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
The International Career Development Conference
The Positive Aging Conference
The Appreciative Inquiry Conference
Every presentation is custom tailored for maximum engagement and relevance to each unique audience.
Click on the icons to the right to read summary transcript articles of presentations by John Nelson included in recent issues of Retirement InSight and Trends.
John E. Nelson is the Co-Author of What Color Is Your Parachute? for Retirement, Second Edition: Planning a Prosperous, Healthy, and Happy Future, available at Amazon and other book retailers.
He is also the author of the “Retirement Readiness” section for InFRE's CRC® #4 Manual: Fundamentals of Retirement Income Planning.
John has been interviewed numerous times for various publications, such as The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Dow Jones Marketwatch, Business Week, AARP Bulletin, Investment Advisor, and more, including this Wall Street Journal article, The Wall Street Journal's Guide to Financial Planning - An interview with John E. Nelson.
What Others Say:
For a short list of some of the numerous comments received by John for his publications, interviews and presentations, or if you would like to consider having John speak at one of your events, please visit his page on the Retirement Speakers Bureau.