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About Me

Mary Eileen Williams, M.A., N.C.C.C.  has more than twenty years’ combined experience as a job search expert/career transition consultant, author, speaker, radio host and university instructor. As a Nationally Board Certified Counselor with a Masters’ Degree in Career Development, Ms. Williams specializes in working with midlife career changers  helping them to create personally rewarding and meaningful futures. Her book, Land the Job You Love: 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50 provides mature applicants with the critical information they’ll need to successfully navigate today’s competitive job market.

Eileen is an active contributor to the Huffington Post, writing job search articles for Huff/Post 50. She also makes frequent appearances on both radio and TV (CBS, ABC, FOX) and has been featured in Market Watch, Money Magazine, Kiplinger, Woman’s World and several other national and international publications.

Eileen is the host of both the popular radio show, Feisty Side of Fifty Radio and Women at Work: The WHOA Factor for the WHOA (Women Honoring Our Age) Network. She also loves writing stories that celebrate the humorous side of aging and is a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul in Menopause, Not Your Mother’s Book on Being a Woman and Not Your Mother’s Book on Being a Mom.

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Let there be no doubt that I celebrated my half-century birthday a number of years ago. I’ve also enjoyed a long history as a career strategist/consultant and have worked with thousands of baby boomers dealing with job search and career transition issues.

My personal mission is to reach as many of my gender and generation as possible to celebrate our remarkable history, our awe-inspiring futures, and just plain hoot and holler as only the menopausal can. We gals have overcome some pretty formidable challenges and we’re not going to let a few wrinkles stop us now. We’re bringing a whole new look and spirited style to the aging process. In fact, our next major revolution will be nothing short of astounding. So, here’s to us, the incredible, incomparable, fabulous, female boomers and to embracing life fully on the feisty side of fifty!

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34 Responses to “About Me”

  1. 1
    Kate Fitzsimmons:

    Hey – You go girl!

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    Kathryn Jones:

    I’m so glad there is a website celebrating the journey we have all been on. We are definitely full of wisdom and enough energy to have fun. Thank you for creating this for us!!

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    w. felton:

    Thanks for shining a light on this
    underserved audience–we deserve respect for
    what we have already done and what we will do
    in the future.

    Great ideas!

  4. 4

    Reading what you have written makes me want to be LOUD and PROUD about who I am – a woman in my fifties! Thank you for doing this for all of us women 50 plus!!! I look forward to more from you and from others who join in the conversation.

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    Suzanne Meredith:

    Thanks for being outspoken and leading the way to encourage other fiesty fabulous fifty females to join the revolution!

  6. 6
    Kris Clark:

    I found your site after getting yet another, “Weren’t things better 100 years ago” forwards from a friend who should know better.
    Thank You,
    Kris Clark

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    I’m changing my attitude for the new year.

  8. 8

    I’ve just started blogging. I’m just south of the Boomer age group (1943), but I’m still active, working part-time, and thinking about starting another M.A.
    I’ve had a rewarding career as a court reporter, but I’m really having fun as a college professor. Who says the other side of fifty is about getting old? I think it’s all about living every moment well.
    Thanks for creating this space. I’m hooked!

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    Claudia H.:

    *Eileen, 2-12-08

    Thank you for your comments. Yes, I just simply write about my life–nothing heavy or profound. A chance to connect with friends and family.


  10. 10

    You go girl!!! I’m doing the same with my blog:
    http://www.MidlifeCrisisQueen.com Check it out!

  11. 11

    Hi, great site! I’m adding you to my blogroll, and I’ll be back :)

  12. 12
    Pattie Heisser:

    Hello Mary – I just wanted to send a note to let you know how much I enjoy your blog and your unique and Fabulous perspectives on midlife! Thank you for the work you are doing. Come visit us at http://www.50Fabulous.com where we are all about education, inspiration and motivation for we “boomer & beyond” gals.
    Pattie Heisser

  13. 13

    Hello Mary,

    Will you have any other workshops in the future? Workshops like the one you had on October 27 @ JFKU? Also, are your reports available for Pod Casts for the Ipod’s or Zune’s? Thank you

  14. 14

    Thanks for asking, Karen. My next workshop for JFKU is coming up in the fall–Saturday, November 15th to be exact. And, I’m planning on starting an Internet radio show in the near future. It will feature interviews with women who are feistier than ever and thriving after fifty. I’ll be announcing this soon.
    My reports and seminars aren’t as yet available as Podcasts but you’ve just given me a great idea! Thanks!

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    Gloria Ivory:

    I thank God for your website. I am fifty also!!!

    Thank you for the inspiration and movitation for women over fifty.

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    Carol King:

    Hi Mary,
    My name is Carol King, former marketing coordinator for “the baby boomer diva” Beverly Mahone. I met two wonderful women by Beverly’s boomer retreat in Daytona last weekend that have the most incredible collection of cards & gifts called Perri-Meno-Pudge! Each Tuesday( I got mine today) they will send you a “joke of the week” that is hilarious. You can learm nore about Perri-Meno-Pudge by visiting http://www.PerriMenoPudge.com. Make sure to tell them that Carol King sent you:-)

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    Thank you for visiting my site and for the beautiful comment you left there:)
    I am enjoying your writing about the wonderful age of 50+ and I’m sure I will continue to visit your site to enjoy more of your readings.
    Thanks a lot for creating such an inspiring site.
    All the best, Lilja.

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    Joyce Mason:

    Mary Eileen, I found your blog searching “women baby boomers inspiration.” We are kindred spirits, and I will definitely link to your site–hope you’ll consider the same. It’s great to know there are others in the blogosphere joining me in blowing up the old Old! That’s what the boom in baby boomer is all about to me.

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    carol stanley:

    Thought I would drop in and say hello…I love the attitude and change that is going on…I remember as a twenty year old I though fifty was the end…Now of course we know it is the beginning…Thanks for a great site…Carol Stanley author “For Kids 59.99 and Over” http://www.carolstanley1.com

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    Gregory Anne Cox:

    Wow, look what you’ve created! Big difference since I was last here, great work. Have to add you to my blogroll.

  21. 21
    terri tapper:

    At the age of 52, I am the oldest “Certified Female Kiteboard Instructor” in the world!

  22. 22
    Nancy Shepherd:

    Hi! What a great site! I’m glad I found it. But I won’t be able to follow it for a few months, as I am about to set out on the second stage of my bicycle ride around the U.S. to celebrate my 50th birthday! I’ll check in when I get finished. http://www.squidoo.com/bike50

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    Susan Ream:

    Wow, what a fantastic Website. I love the way you write and the humor and inspiration you communicate is catchy. I need to hang out with women like you. The website address I posted is of one of the articles I wrote on hubpages – it’s a new venue of writing for me … but it was fun to write and it’s gaining in popularity. (by the way, my pen name is mekenzie here – but it’s really me – Susan. :) I found you through WE magazine’s article on Circles of Women. Look forward to reading more. Bless you for providing a spot for us ole geezers… LOL

  24. 24
    Yvette Francino:

    Great site! I just turned 50 and celebrated with a book release of The Laptop Dancer Diaries: A Mostly True Story About Finding Love Again.

    The book is a humor memoir about a woman (that would be me!) wanting to be more adventurous, write a book, and find love before turning 50. I had an adventure a month, and, as I said, celebrated my 50th birthday with the book release. As for love? Well, I certainly learned much more about love than I ever thought I would, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise ending!

    Thanks for providing this site and the radio show. You make fifty fun!

  25. 25
    Benjamin Little:

    Wow, what a fantastic Website. I love the way you write and the humor and inspiration you communicate is catchy. I need to hang out with women like you. The website address I posted is of one of the articles I wrote on hubpages – it’s a new venue of writing for me … but it was fun to write and it’s gaining in popularity. (by the way, my pen name is mekenzie here – but it’s really me – Susan. I found you through WE magazine’s article on Circles of Women. Look forward to reading more. Bless you for providing a spot for us ole geezers… LOL

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    Dianne Faieta:

    Kudos to you, Eileen. What a fun, fabulous service you’re offering women over 50! I loved your interview on “View of the Bay” as well as your interview with Kristine Carlson.

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    Diana Raab:


    What a great website and service. I am also a feisty 50 something year old and author of 8 books. the most recent one is a self-help memoir HEALING WITH WORDS: A WRITER’S CANCER JOURNEY.

    Diana Raab, MFA, RN
    WEBSITE: http://www.dianaraab.com
    BLOG : http://www.dianaraab.com/blog

  28. 28
    Angela Mahler:

    Love, love, LOVE this site… Especially as I’m looking the big 5-0 right in the jaws! (September)

  29. 29
    marla miller:

    Mary Eileen,

    I’d love to connect-we are on similar missions and I’m meeting women like us EVERYWHERE on the web. Is there connectivity here? I hope so-my vlog ME QUIET? YOU’RE KIDDING, RIGHT? wants your women to SPEAK/promote your work, your passions, your fun!
    It’s free and hope your followers and you take a look.
    I LOVE this site. Looks like you’re having lots of fun with it.

    Marla Miller
    http://www.WomenOver45SPEAK.com, home of Me Quiet? You’re Kidding, Right?

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    Cheryl Roden-Brown:

    I just found you! WHERE have I been? I am on the other side of 50 and well… its a blessing to have you, your wit and humor while on this journey of growing older by the minute. I lost my way after a divorce and being estranged from my daughter during her teen years (some of my best friends said I didn’t miss much – just a lot of me-me-me tantrums) and we are now back in each others lives. I have had to reinvent myself so many times I wake up and wonder which person I am today – oh, yes, I remember – - I now wear jeans, wranglers and Tony Lamas to work everyday – and drive my pickup truck to the ranch I work on in the middle of nowhere! As I write this at 1 am in the morning – the coyotes are howling and our dog is on the porch having his own howling fit…. only the Beverly Hillbillies would appreciate this!
    Gotta get the gun loaded and see whats going on out there….. never a dull moment past the age of 50!

  31. 31
    Sharon King:

    Greetings! It’s great to know another champion for Boomer women! I’m glad to know about your site. Please visit my blog about the spiritual side of 50+ living at

  32. 32
    Wynne Tranter:

    Hello M Eileen Williams,

    I absolutely love what you are doing! So many of us are working or seeking a new way and you are out there cheering us on on. Great website! long may you succeed. Never mind the wrinkles, feel the passion!



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    Jeanette E Martin:

    I love this!! Thank you Eileen. I just wrote my first book and it is to celebrate and inspire women over fifty to write their book! In case any of your readers would enjoy, it is free on Amazon for a few days now. Write Your Book at Fifty.

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    Eileen Williams:

    Congratulations on writing your book! That’s quite an accomplishment and one that brings a lot of pleasure to the reader and the author. I suggest tha my readers be sure to check out Jeanette’s Write Your Book at Fifty and see for themselves!

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