The Encore Program
— Unlocking a Rewarding Life After An Intense Career
Prepare your partners, leaders and directors for a new path with a retreat that's focused on building a retirement roadmap — for themselves, their clients and your firm.
A legacy of service deserves more than a golden handshake
When identity and profession are inextricably linked, retirement can bring feelings of doubt and anxiety that money can't subdue. By supporting your firm’s leadership through this transition — proactively — firms can help their partners find joy and confidence in a new purpose. And that positive impact translates to your firm's bottom line and culture.
Leaving on their terms means leaving on good terms
The Encore program was designed for leadership, and others preparing to leave intense professions, to discover a rewarding path forward. This individual, two-day retreat experience guides our clients to answer the question, “What will I do next with my time, treasure and talents?”. So when their retirement day arrives, they know (and are energized about) what comes next.
Applause for the Encore program
I learned (or more accurately, realized) a great deal about my skills, strengths and interests and that helped me to formulate a good exploratory plan for the next phase of my professional and personal life. I recommend it to anyone contemplating retirement.
— Joel M., Partner, AmLaw 10 Firm
... 35 years of practicing law does not teach you how to think about retirement. The two days you spend with Elizabeth and David will help you deconstruct what really matters to you. Invest in yourself....you will be happy you did.
— David S., Partner, AmLaw 10 Firm
I have executed on the game plan we devised together and am thoroughly enjoying my retirement. I have so many friends who jumped off this cliff without any preparation and many of them are really struggling. I attribute my success largely to the thoughtful advance planning coming out of my sessions with Elizabeth and David.
— Partner, AmLaw 10 Firm
I came away from my two-day session feeling very positively about all the things I have done in my career and what I can do in the future. The ideas that we created are far more expansive than anything I previously imagined, and I now have a plan of action that matches who I am.
— Partner, AmLaw 10 Firm
Why Invest in Encore for Your Retiring Leaders and Professionals
Provide a First
Our clients check out from the daily grind and check into a beautiful setting for two full days of creative and insightful sessions with our expert facilitators.
Empower Personal Discovery
We help our clients reconnect to themselves and envision a fulfilling life post-retirement. They'll be able to answer: “What now? What next?” with confidence.
Solidify Client Transition
Professionals and leadership care deeply about what happens to their clients. They'll build an intentional plan for a structured client transition that gives everyone peace of mind.
Activate Succession Planning
With partners actively working towards a retirement date, you can plan for a seamless changeover while developing and promoting up-and-coming talent.
Ensure Ongoing Support
Follow-up is critical to our clients' success. Your partners will have ongoing access to their facilitators as they navigate their exit and embark on their future.
Why Partner With Zelinka Parsons
A History of Exceptional Client Satisfaction
AMLaw 50 Firms
Designed by a lawyer, for intense career professionals.
What Your Team Can Expect From the Encore Program
It's time to reframe retirement as an opportunity. Our clients have gone on to launch VC funds, start nonprofits, host their own podcasts and even get their commercial pilot license. When asked what they do, they've discovered how to replace what they do professionally with something new and energizing.
This interview-style session gets to the core of a client's authentic self — their life experiences, achievements, interests, values and unique strengths. They'll gain clarity and confidence around the path forward and leave the day with a clear picture of a satisfying life after an intense career, broken down into six key areas.
With a vision in sight, it's time to plan for change. During Day 2, we encourage, where appropriate, the client's life partner to participate in this co-creative session. They'll both look ahead to the next 10 years and decide on options to pursue together, and individually. A tailored plan will offer concrete steps for a structured exit along with practical advice and recommendations gleaned from working with hundreds of retiring lawyers, executives, founders and business owners in a similar situation.
After the Retreat
When clients return to reality, it's easy to lose sight of the end goal. From balancing their books of business to updating professional profiles and preparing succession partners, the months leading up to retirement can be tricky. We offer the 1:1 support that helps our clients stay on track — so they're ready to embrace their life after their career.