"Portfolio Life" by David Corbett

Business Book Roundtable

October 15, 2007: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

PORTFOLIO LIFE offers a compelling alternative to the standard transitions to retirement. Life between the ages of 50 and 75 are the years that were once relegated to "winding down" or retirement. This book proves they may be among the most productive and passionate of a leader’s life. Portfolio Life is a groundbreaking guide for midlife professionals, providing real-world stories, how-to advice, and inspiration for creating a new approach to life at this critical time. Introducing the idea of a "life portfolio," the book shows the reader how to divide one’s time and energy among competing needs and personal dreams. They include advice on anti-retirement, the entrepreneurial spirit, emotional minefields, happiness and spirituality, and more.


University of Chicago Gleacher Center
Room 100
450 North Cityfront Plaza
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

Book Availability: Copies will be available for sale at the event and in the University of Chicago Book Stores. The Gleacher Center Bookstore will be selling “Portfolio Life” at a 20% discounted price now and at $20.00 at the event. The author will be available after the event for book signing.


Fee at the door $10.00 Preferred Payment: Check made out to the U of Chicago GSB Business Book Roundtable


Register Online
Register By Phone: 773.935.7221

Deadline: 10/15/2007


6:30 PM-7:15 PM: Author's Presentation

Speaker Profiles

David Corbett (Speaker)
Founder and CEO, New Directions Inc.

. He founded New Directions in 1986 after 12 years in executive search. He was a managing partner at Korn/Ferry International, and he began his career in sales and marketing at Johnson & Johnson. Dave has a B.A. in psychology from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from New York University, and he was an officer in the U.S. Navy. He is a trustee of Andover Newton Theological Seminary and the U.S.S. Constitution Museum, an advisor to the Ron Burton Training Village, former member of the national board of A Better Chance, a trustee of the Foundation for New Directions, and he serves on the Advisory Board of the MIT AgeLab. He has been widely quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, New York Times, Kiplinger’s, CFO magazine, and more.


Mary Kupjack 

Other Information

Portfolio Life Endorsements: This book is important because there’s little in professional and popular literature about the dynamic and dramatic changes occurring in the basic patterns of people’s lives—changes they make by choice or as result of our “24/7” economy. The individual and historic examples Dave gives invite his readers to try on new possibilities in their own lives. —Marshall Carter, former chairman and CEO of State Street Bank Dave Corbett’s book turns two simple ideas into a program for life-enrichment: that you can create a life expressly for yourself and that the so-called “retirement” years are the best time to do it. Drawing on a lifetime of work with people who were rethinking what they wanted and their direction, he shows how to do both those things. Be warned: If you read it, you’re going to be changed. .... —Bill Bridges, author