Sara L. Orem, Ph.D. is an active senior in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her career spanned sales, management of non-profits, and teaching at the graduate level in business school programs. She has been a life-long student herself, completing her doctorate just before her 60th birthday in the inter-disciplinary program in Human and Organization Systems at Fielding Graduate University. Her dissertation was focused on transformative learning in interpersonal conflict, and her participants were mostly older married couples. Sara continues as student in the University of California Berkeley Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She has studied poetry and memoir writing as well as personal development and philosophy. One of her favorite courses was Scandinavian Detective Fiction.
Her current focus is on the development and use of positive methods including Appreciative Inquiry in coaching conversations with seniors about living our best lives as we age and change. She, Jackie Binkert, and Ann Clancy, co-authored Appreciative Coaching: A Positive Process for Change published in early 2007 by Jossey-Bass. Since its publication, Appreciative Coaching has garnered positive attention from the International Coach Federation and the Conference Board. Peggy Guest (of the Cramer Institute) and Sara collaborated on A Coach’s Guide to Asset-Based Thinking and Appreciative Coaching, published in 2009. Appreciative Coaching describes in detail the method Sara has developed for her coaching practice with women and men involved in self-started transitions. Most recently, Sara has become a regular meditator, book club enthusiast, and retail salesperson. Having the time and space to explore new interests such as these has been a real gift of ending full-time work.
“My intention here is to create a space where my own awarenesses of aging combine with the latest information about health, exercise and nutrition—especially for older people, and interviews with friends and experts who inspire me. I think of this as a community forum for lively, positively-focused older women and men.”