Executive Co-Founder of Knackstor, a digital platform that activates the gig economy for older adults, allowing them to earn, volunteer, and create community. Knackstor Global’s digital platform allows seniors to continue to be valued by offering their skill sets and passion crafted to perfection over their lifetime. She aspires to the positivity in Lady Gaga's quote, "I'm just trying to change the world one sequin at a time." Ms. Thompson has held executive roles at Purdue University, University of Texas, University of Arizona, Safeco Insurance, and State Farm Insurance.
Yet, that [remaining in the workforce] is not always an option, as ageism presents a real and present dilemma for older employees. Brenda, a fifty-something former nurse and medical devices marketer, told me she ultimately realized that despite the slogans of non-discrimination, businesses often prefer younger workers to mature workers and find “. . . subtle ways to keep the workforce young.”28 October 2020
“We are delighted that California has now passed legislation requiring female representation on boards; and we believe other states, including Texas, will not be far behind,” Thompson said. “These mandates make it more imperative than ever that women are prepared for board roles. This Summit aims to do just that, by making the process more transparent, building connections, and helping women be more intentional and strategic in managing their careers so they are ready for the boardroom.”28 October 2020