The Brightly 50 is a list of 50 amazing impact-makers who started something new after 50.
Brightly celebrates the game changers, rule breakers, impact makers — the badasses who are upending the tired narrative that innovation, creation and reinvention has an expiration date. The Brightly 50 spotlights stories of people showing that 50+ is a launch pad into an entirely new second act.
Know someone we should recognize?
Shout out someone extraordinary — someone who crushed a major goal, made an amazing career pivot, launched a dream business, impacted their community, or shifted the cultural story about what it means to live life 50+.
Yes! I know someone living #lifefullycharged.
- Open to people born in or before 1970.
- Nominees are welcome across a range of career and passions, including: entrepreneurs, business owners and executives, startups; nonprofit and charitable leaders; public servants, policymakers and social advocates; tech and STEM trailblazers, creatives in the arts and culture, and hometown heroes making a big difference in a small community.
- Please highlight 1) why you (or your nominee) should be on this list and 2) how you shifted or accelerated your career at age 50 and beyond to start something new. Nominations by family, friends and colleagues are also welcome. Be sure to include contact information, emails, web addresses and social media.
- Nominations will be vetted by Brightly editors. Semifinalists will be contacted for any additional material and to confirm information.
We know that you know visibility matters, and inspires. Did you see this tweet that shook up social media? Hundreds of thousands of you chimed in with your stories of growth, change, disruption and evolution at middle-age. You are just getting started — we want to share your stories and see you shine.
At the end of 2020, instead of 30 Under 30 and NextGen lists, please profile middle-aged people who just got their big breaks. I want to read about a mother of 2 who published her first novel, a director who released their first studio feature at 47, THAT’S THE LIST WE WANT.
— Melissa Hunter (@melissaFTW) January 7, 2020
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