Project Escape: Lessons for an Unscripted Life
She Writes Press, 2022
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Adolescence, the middle-age crisis years—those eras are child’s play. Retirement, especially for the new wave of decades-long career women, is the real challenge. While Lucinda Jackson, a harried scientist and business executive, gets the girl out of the corporation at age sixty-six, even the jolt of moving as a Peace Corps volunteer to the island country of Palau can’t fully get the corporation out of the girl. She struggles through self-examination around purpose, identity, ego, money, and marriage after years of investing so much in her job.
Whether you’re thinking ahead to a next act or are already there, Project Escape provides an unvarnished but ultimately encouraging look—using a practical five-step process—at navigating the “post-career” era.
Lucinda Jackson is the author of two memoirs: Just a Girl: Growing Up Female and Ambitious about her struggles to succeed in the male-dominated science world and Project Escape: Lessons for an Unscripted Life. As a PhD scientist and global corporate executive, Jackson spent almost fifty years in academia and Fortune 500 companies. She has published articles, book chapters, magazine columns, and patents and is featured on podcasts and radio. She is the founder of LJ Ventures, where she speaks and consults on energy and the environment and empowering women (and men!) in the workplace and in our Next Act. Connect with Lucinda or find her books at: www.lucindajackson.com.
“(An) articulate…engaging…intriguing, emotion-filled memoir that chronicles a challenging, humorous and often chaotic post-retirement journey to a life of reimagined possibilities and fulfillment; will especially appeal to those pondering major life changes.”