LEADERTOWN IS A BOOMER TOWN!
LEADERTOWN is a Boomer town that encourages and empowers Baby Boomers like me to make the best of the rest of our lives. My name is Ken Priddy and I’m the Founder of LEADERTOWN.
I wanted to create a company that focuses on coming alongside Boomers as they navigate the often rocky terrain of getting and being older. If you’re a Baby Boomer, or even older, you know what I’m talking about. Oldness is inevitable and oldness is challenging on many different fronts. So, what are we aging Boomers to do to make the best of the rest of our lives?
Baby Boomer Paradox: It’s never too late BUT it’s now or never!
I know, we Boomers have been led to believe that we’re done already, that it’s time to retire and move to the sidelines so that younger generations can do their thing. I disagree. It’s never too late. I say we still have a thing that needs doing, and we still have much to offer. We have years of experience, we have expertise, some of us are financially set and, if we’ve retired, we have time to invest. We have perspective, we know how life works, we’ve been there, done that, in so many areas of life. Though we’re older, it’s not too late to try something new, to embrace life fully. However, it’s now or never. The clock is ticking as days go by that will never be replenished. Take a shot, have fun, make a difference with the time you have left. Now is not the time for us to hang up the cleats and get off the playing field. Now is the time, perhaps, to make our greatest contributions ever.
So, the message is this: Boomers, let’s make the BEST of the REST of our lives. I’m taking that message far and wide through speaking engagements, through writing, and, surprise, through musical performance. Music was my profession until I was 35 years old when I moved into ministry through music and the arts. At 72, I’ve decided to jump back on stage and go for it: Boomer Classics performed by a Classic Boomer for Classic Boomers. Why not? I love 20th century pop music and I bet you do, too. I’ve even directed my current songwriting to new songs that reflect the Boomer experience such as my most recent song, Like It Used to Be. Fifty years of marriage should be enough to warrant at least one song, right?
At LEADERTOWN, we want to encourage, entertain, inform, and perhaps, even inspire Boomers in the autumn of their lives. We’re in this together.
SPEAK – WRITE – SING!
I welcome the opportunity to connect with your organization as a presenter or keynote speaker and/or perform a musical showcase of Boomer-pleasing music. My musical showcase is dubbed KP and the 88s. KP is Ken Priddy, that’s me, and the 88s are the keys on my piano. Together we put out a lot of sound, even though my arthritic fingers are a bit stiffer than they used to be. Writing ranges from short PDFs to books that are relevant to Boomers. After all, no one else truly understands, right?
For me, LEADERTOWN is the place where I’m going to figure out what I’m going to be when I grow up. The sky’s the limit. Let’s have some fun and make the best of the rest of our lives.
Yours truly, Ken Priddy, Founder
firstname.lastname@example.org 804-306-7942 P.O. Box 15421 Richmond, VA 23227
To learn more about SPEAK – WRITE – SING, read on…
I’m a Boomer on a mission. That mission is to deliver a timely message to encourage fellow Baby Boomers as they navigate the challenging terrain of aging. Ranging from teacher to trainer to presenter to keynote speaker, I welcome the privilege of connecting with an audience of any size, using whatever time slot I’m given to bring the message home. That message can be summarized in a couple of bullet statements:
Bullet 1: I’m not going to lie to you. The rest of your Boomer life might not be the best years of your life, but you can make the best of the rest of life. Let me help you find out how.
Bullet 2: A Baby Boomer Paradox: It’s never too late – BUT – it’s now or never! Meaning…as long as you’re alive, it’s not too late to learn something new, to start something new, or to do something new…BUT…now is the time because time is fleeting, and you can never get it back.
Just so you know…I practice what I preach. Since turning 40, I’ve earned three graduate degrees including two doctorates. I’ve moved from San Diego to Orlando to Phoenix and back to my hometown of Richmond, VA. I’ve founded many new initiatives, including LEADERTOWN, and currently serve as Executive Director of GO Center, Inc., a non-profit that I founded in 2013 at 63-years old.
Writing is a great way to clarify your thinking because it drives you to find just the right words to transform sometimes fuzzy thoughts into clear communication. I tend to read what I write aloud to hear how it sounds and to determine if there might be a better way of expressing myself. Writing and speaking are different from each other, but they have the same objective – communication that is both received and understood. So, I write daily – emails, notes, training curriculum, topical PDFs, book manuscripts, etc. I’ve just completed a draft for a short book for Boomers based on the Baby Boomer Paradox – BB/PDX. It includes twenty short commentaries on relevant themes, each with a closing segment that prompts reflection on what’s been presented. Yes, it’s food for thought, but it’s also a call to action.
Throughout much of my life, music was not simply my passion; music was my job. It started with garage bands in my teens but moved to club gigs, studio sessions, concerts, and songwriting. I became a singer/songwriter in pursuit of the illusive record deal, getting close on several occasions, but close doesn’t buy groceries. When I crossed over from nightclubs to church services, the vehicle was music and the arts, serving with several churches in that capacity. Ministry expanded into multiple areas and music became more of a sideline or hobby – but music is back, joining speaking and writing in my Boomer Encouragement Trifecta.
Boomers love the music that we grew up with, songs from the second half of the 20th century. My repertoire of performance music is mostly filled with these Boomer Classics along with original songs, some written way back when, but some written recently to capture and express today’s Boomer sensibilities. My musical “Stage Act” is called KP and the 88s. I, of course, am KP, and the 88s are the keys on my piano. I’ve spent years in solitude creating piano/voice interpretations of this great music just for the fun of it, and now I’m bringing those renderings out of my solitude and onto the stage to share with my generation. It’s only rock ‘n roll, but I like it.