Third Act with Liz Tinkham

Third Act with Liz Tinkham

Your first act is school, your second act is work, but have you thought about what you’re going to do in your third act? Join host Liz Tinkham, a former Accenture Senior Managing Director, as she talks to guests who are happily “pretired” – using their time, treasure, and talent to pursue their purpose and passion in the third act of their life.


July 5, 2022 1 min

Thank you for following Third Act this season. We're taking a break for the summer, and will return this Fall with a new roster of inspiring guests pursuing passion and purpose in their third acts.

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On today’s show, Liz talks with Shari Greco Reiches – The Life Maximizer. Shari’s adoptive father gave her a great piece of advice early in her life: “You can have anything you want, but you can’t have everything you want.” 

Shari has taken that advice and used it as the foundation for how she advises her clients as the founder of Rappaport Reiches Capital Manag...

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Introducing Voices of Athena, a new podcast on Athena Radio. Priscilla Brenenstuhl interviews Athena members on how they achieved their professional success. Today, she interviews Liz's friend and Puppet CEO ...

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At the end of his first act, Jerry Palmer found himself out of shape, divorced, and without friends. Deciding to regain his lifelong connection to athletics was the turning point as he began training for an Ironman. After solidifying extreme sports as his passion, Jerry set his sights towards his most ambitious feat yet: crossing the entirety of the United States on foot. 

Follow along as Jerry shares his life lessons, from a caree...

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June 7, 2022 38 mins
On today's show, Liz talks with David Harry Stewart — The Super Ageist. David is the founder and face of Ageist, a new media company and agency that champions the vitality and influence of the modern 50-plus. David's second act was as a professional photographer, but he eventually realized that there was something just not right in photographing 20- and 30-year-olds for products targeting people over...
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In part two of a two-part series, Erica Duignan Minnihan—founder of 1000 Angels—continues her master class on the fundamentals of Venture Investing. In this podcast, she talks about the different stages of venture investing and how to think about the investment amounts and vehicles, term sheets, valuations, due diligence, and returns needed at each stage.


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In this encore episode, we revisit our conversation with Jack Henneman, whose love of history began with his father—a medieval French history professor at the University of Iowa. With a firm belief that history needs to be accessible and interesting, Jack aims to depoliticize American history through his podcast, “The History of Americans”. In this episode, Jack shares why private school was harder than Princeton and why history sh...
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Today’s guest, Cheryle Jackson, describes her life as a series of ‘firsts’ — as the only woman and woman of color in corporate hallways and boardrooms. As the first female president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, she led the 100+-year-old organization through transformational change. 

As the first woman and African Am...

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May 10, 2022 36 mins

On today’s show, Liz talks to Geraldine Keogh, the Bien Lady. Geraldine is in the chocolate business, but she didn’t start in that business—nor in food at all. As a young mom, Geraldine ran a preschool primarily so she had a place for her own kids. After she grew and sold that business, she teamed up with local friends as part of a dessert catering business.


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On today’s show, Liz talks with Laura Stachel—the light of maternal health. What do you do when you’re born with an abundance of intellectual curiosity? If you’re Liz’s guest Laura Stachel, you become a pianist, OB/GYN, and doctorate in public health. She also founded of a non-profit that provides critical light to African hospitals and clinics so women can safely deliver babies. 

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On today’s show, Liz talks with Mike Harmon — the distressed lecturer. Mike graduated from college with dreams of going to Wall Street, but it was 1991 and a recession caused brought the party to an abrupt halt. He landed at a bank working on distressed loans, finding his calling in the distressed asset business. 

But after 20+ years in the business, his “turkey...

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April 12, 2022 31 mins

Today Liz talks with Kerry Hannon – the Consummate Writer. Kerry’s a longtime journalist and author, having written for Forbes, Money, US News and World Report, and USA Today, and having published more than seven books. Most interesting for this show, though, is that Kerry began writing about second acts in the early naughts long before any other publications. She’s an expert in issues related to the...

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April 5, 2022 36 mins

On this week’s episode, Liz talks with Susan Lyne – The Career Legend. Susan’s resume reads like the magazine cover story of someone who you want to be…. from her early days dropping out of UC Berkeley, to her work on a magazine with Francis Ford Coppola, to greenlighting Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives while at ABC, to being the CEO at Gilt Group (one of the first online shopping and lifesty...

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Third Act crossed a big milestone — 60 episodes and still going strong with fabulous guests! On today’s show, Liz talks with Third Act producers Lexie Banks and Evelyn Wong about what they’ve learned from the show’s guests, their favorite episodes and who their dream third act guest would be. Liz also talks about what she’s learned from guests Bradley Schurmann, Michael Clinton, Lori Trawinski, Stela...

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March 22, 2022 40 mins

On this episode, Liz talks with Marcella Johnson – Founder of the Comfort Cub. Marcella’s story is a bit different than the show’s usual guests in that Marcella didn’t follow the path of school, big career, and then pretiring into her passion project. Her third act was literally born the day her fourth child, George, was born in 1999.

George was born with a rare...

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Today Liz talks with Paolo Gaudiano -   The DEI Data Scientist.   How does a guy who studied Aerospace Engineering connect the dots to lead the field of simulation modeling to determine Inclusion? As a college student, Paolo Gaudiano took a class on the cognitive functions of the brain which led to a lifelong academic and professional interest in neural networks, AI and statistical modeling.  While working for Icosystems doing simu...

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In part one of a two-part series, Erica Duignan Minnihan—founder of 1000 Angels—begins her master class on the fundamentals of Venture Investing. This series covers the basics you need to know to build a solid portfolio as an angel investor.


Dive into this primer on startup valuations, and what to look for in due diligenc...

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In this episode, Liz talks with Frances West - The Wisdom Whisperer. Frances left Taiwan to go to college in the United States and was fortunate to land a job with IBM after graduation. She quickly moved up the ranks, working in both the US and China. Wanting a change, she applied for a job at IBM Research thinking she would be working in their Availability Center—before finding out that it was actua...

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February 22, 2022 23 mins

In this episode, Liz talks with Shelli Brunswick – The Space Advocate. Shelli Brunswick spent 29 years in the Air Force focusing on what she calls the “on Earth” jobs for the space program. She wasn’t quite sure what she would do when she retired, but her vast network paid off: she founded the Space Foundation, a nonprofit advocacy organization offering a gateway to education, information, and collab...

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On this episode of Third Act, Liz talks with Stela Lupushor — The Work Reframer. Stela is a career HR professional who interestingly got her start in the field by implementing SAP HR because, as she says, “she was the girl on the project”. She parlayed those HR skills into bigger jobs across PwC, IBM, TIAA-Creff, and finally retiring from Fidelity in 2016.

But it was a NY Times article on the unemployment of women ages 50-65 that l...

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