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Business PerspectivesA Senior Citizen Corporate Internship Program?BY KARA BEER, Presidentfor our community to maybe address some of our workforce and talent needs.Ben is assigned to work with Jules, who is somewhat skeptical at first. Ini- tially frozen out by her, Ben slowly wins over co-workers with his congeniality and gets into Jules’s good graces. Ben heads to work one day extra early to organize a messy desk that Jules had complained about previously. After work, Ben notices Jules’s chauffeur drinking, convinces the driver to leave and drives Jules home him- self, a role he retains in days to come.Meanwhile, Jules is under pressure to give up her post of CEO to someone out- side of the company as her investors feel that she is unable to cope with the work- load, having grown About the Fit from a startup founded in her kitchen to a 220-em- ployee juggernaut in only eighteen months. Believing it will give her more time at home with her family, Jules is willing to consider the proposal.Seventy-year-old widower Ben Whit- taker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an oppor- tunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin. Whittaker, a retired executive from DEX One, applies to a senior citizen intern program, after re- tirement has become too boring for him. He applies to About the Fit, a fast-grow- ing e-commerce fashion startup in Brook- lyn. Founder and CEO Jules Ostin had pre- viously agreed to a community outreach program where seniors would intern at theBen eventually reveals that he once worked in the very same building where About the Fit is now based. He develops a romantic relationship with the in-house massage therapist, Fiona, and becomes something of a father figure to several of the younger workers by offering advice about issues such as love, clothes sense, and work/life balance. He provides another with a place to stay at his brownstone af- ter his colleague is evicted by his parents. Ben becomes very committed to Jules, andWhile there are more storylines and funny moments to this movie I really enjoy the concept of a senior citizen corporate internship program. Are you a retiree who is looking to get back in the game like Ben Whittaker? Are you a retiree that is want- ing to share your knowledge on a short term basis?TMSEPT14,2019|10AM Join the Miles For Memories Community Stroll to help change the impact of dementia in Calhoun County.WAYS TO PARTICIPATEStroll With Us | Create a Team | Sponsor | Volunteer | DonateREGISTRATION: Print your form at www.milesformemories.orgDONATIONS: SEND YOUR DONATION TO... 4642 Capital Avenue SW, Battle Creek, MI 49015MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: BCCF/Miles for MemoriesDONATIONS SUPPORT:Calhoun County dementia programming. Collaborating on early stage research. Training. Safe return programs. Emergency overnight respite.MORE INFORMATION: Call (269) 979-1412 Ext. 305 | Follow us on Facebook22 SCENE 4405 I CELEBRATING SENIORSRecently I took the time to watch an older movie but one of those that inspires me, The Intern. Have you seen it? If not, let me tell you a bit about it as I think it would be a really great wayfirm. Ben impresses everyone and is one of four hired.even breaks into the house of Jules’ mother to delete an embarrassingly scathing email, narrowly avoiding getting arrested in the process.Would you be willing to be a part of a senior citizen corporate internship pro- gram like Ben? If so, call me and let’s chat.

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