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John Tarnoff
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A professional development consultant, university educator and former media/entertainment executive, John Tarnoff focuses on personal and professional transformation across generations - reintegrating the Boomer Generation workforce into the rapidly evolving 21st century workplace, and developing programs, opportunities and curriculum to support the next generation of media/entertainment executives and entrepreneurs.

John created the Boomer Reinvention curriculum from the lessons he has learned over a 40-year career devoted to the development and nurturing of creative talent and creative projects in the Media/Entertainment industry.

Inquisitive, creative, unconventional, and an early adopter, John has held eighteen positions over his career, culminating in his current consultancy. He has the distinction of having been fired 39% of the time in his career, a statistic that has, ironically, enabled him (or forced him, depending on your point of view) to figure out the reinvention process.

In the ‘70s and ‘80s, he developed and produced movies for Warner Bros, Columbia, MGM and others, founded a technology startup during the 1990s bubble, and then shifted back into entertainment as Head of Show Development for DreamWorks Animation, where he led the artistic leadership training and university outreach programs.

Since 2009, he has been committed full-time to education and training, serving as a graduate level professor and Head of Industrial Relations for Carnegie Mellon University’s Los Angeles-based Master of Entertainment Industry Management program.

John holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Amherst College, and a M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

jt@johntarnoff..com

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This Boomer Pursues His Passion Without Sacrificing His Career

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 9:37 AM

Career reinventions in and past mid-life are successful when they reflect authentic passions, commitments, concerns and issues. At this point in our lives and careers, we need to acknowledge who we are, what we're good at, and what kind of legacy we want to leave. But this does not mean...

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'Gourmet-UP!' -- This Boomerpreneur's Tasty Encore Career

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 11:33 AM

Jim Milligan might well be considered the Howard Schultz of olive oil. Like Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, it was on his business trips to Europe, and Italy in particular, that Milligan became enraptured by the quality and variety of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars, and the practice...

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This Boomer Couple Is Making Your Health Their Business

(3) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 1:53 PM

For the Year of the Boomer -- 2014 is the year the youngest boomers turn 50 -- here is another installment in my year-long survey of 50 over-50 boomers across 10 career categories who have reinvented themselves within the last 10 years.

Most of the health focus of the boomer...

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How This Boomer Couple Found Love And Meaning By Backpacking The World

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 11:02 AM

For the Year of the Boomer -- 2014 is the year the youngest Boomers turn 50 -- here is another installment in my year-long survey of 50 Over-50 Boomers across 10 career categories who have reinvented themselves within the last 10 years.

Shifra Raz, 68, and Benny Rubinstein, 70, seem...

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How This Woman Turned A Fellowship Into An Encore Career

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 7:00 AM

For the Year of the Boomer -- 2014 is the year the youngest Boomers turn 50 -- here is another installment in my year-long survey of 50 Over-50 Boomers across 10 career categories who have reinvented themselves within the last 10 years.

For Boomers who have spent their career mostly...

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How Did This Boomer Do A Career '180' To Find Purpose And Meaning?

(4) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 11:14 AM

For the Year of the Boomer -- 2014 is the year the youngest Boomers turn 50 -- here is another installment in my year-long survey of 50 Post-50 Boomers across 10 career categories who have reinvented themselves within the last 10 years.

Many Boomers who are well into their 50s...

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This Unstoppable Boomer Needed Two Tries But Nailed His Reinvention

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 7:21 AM

For the Year of the Boomer -- 2014 is the year the youngest Boomers turn 50 -- here is another installment in my year-long survey of 50 Boomers across 10 career categories who have reinvented themselves within the last 10 years.

Career reinvention is a messy business. It is usually...

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A Boot Camp For Entrepreneurship Supercharged This Woman's Reinvention

(5) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 7:31 AM

This week, in my continuing series of 50 Post-50 Boomers who have reinvented themselves, I'm pleased to welcome Rita Wilson and the Today Show to saluting the adaptability and ingenuity of trail blazing Boomers who are creating new careers beyond mid-life. As fellow-travelers like Marc Freedman at

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This Woman Took Caregiving To The Next Level -- And Helps Thousands

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 11:04 AM

For the Year of the Boomer -- 2014 is the year the youngest Boomers turn 50 -- here is another installment in my survey of 50 Boomers across 10 career categories who have reinvented themselves within the last 10 years.

Baby Boomers are often caught in a difficult bind. Many...

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Living vs. Aging: How Life Reimagined Is Changing The Future For Boomers

(5) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 10:36 AM

For the Year of the Boomer -- 2014 is the year the youngest Boomers turn 50 -- here is another installment in my survey of 50 Boomers across 10 career categories who have reinvented themselves within the last 10 years.

Emilio Pardo has been a visionary communicator and branding executive...

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A Reinvention Sabbatical Recharged This Woman's Career

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 7:12 AM

For the Year of the Boomer -- 2014 is the year the youngest Boomers turn 50 -- here is another installment in my survey of 50 Boomers across 10 career categories who have reinvented themselves within the last 10 years.

Career reinvention may be a radical shift from...

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Learn This Couple's Formula For Partnering Post-Retirement

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 9:54 AM

For the Year of the Boomer -- 2014 is the year the youngest Boomers turn 50 -- Huffington Post's "Post-50" section is running my career reinvention series profiling 50 Boomers who have reinvented themselves within the last 10 years.

Following my recent post on Pat and...

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How This TV Producer Reinvented Herself As A Fashion Mogul

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 6:29 AM

Marla Wynne Ginsberg had never sewn a stitch when she bought her first sewing machine in 2009 and embarked on a risky career reinvention. She had just lost a very lucrative senior executive position with a major Entertainment company in a career that she had built step by step for...

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This Woman Restored Her Mother's Mobility -- And Reinvented Her Career In The Process

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 9:57 AM

One of my biggest fears, and I'm sure it's one that we all share as we age, is that I become incapacitated in some way. Sometimes, when I'm in the middle of a simple daily routine, I imagine what it would be like to live with diminished capacity in my...

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Look Before You Leap: This Couple Planned Their Reinvention From The Inside Out

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 8:55 AM

For the Year of the Boomer -- 2014 is the year the youngest Boomers turn 50 -- here is another installment in my survey of 50 Boomers across 10 career categories who have reinvented themselves within the last 10 years.

Many of us are increasingly...

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How A Business Partnership Keeps This Marriage Vital After 65

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 9:24 AM

For the Year of the Boomer -- 2014 is the year the youngest Boomers turn 50 -- here is another installment in my survey of 50 Boomers across 10 career categories who have reinvented themselves within the last 10 years.

After more than 43 years together,...

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This Lawyer Rediscovered Herself And Her Career At 60

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 6:25 AM

For the Year of the Boomer -- 2014 is the year the youngest Boomers turn 50 -- here is another installment in my survey of 50 Boomers across 10 career categories who have reinvented themselves within the last 10 years.

Let's assume that we're all going to hit...

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A Woman Turns Her Life Around By Helping Others

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 10:49 AM

For the Year of the Boomer - 2014 is the year the youngest Boomers turn 50 - here is another installment in my survey of 50 Boomers across 10 career categories who have reinvented themselves within the last 10 years.

Personal reinvention can be achieved through service to others. This...

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How This Man Journeyed 7,000 Miles To Serve His Community

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 11:01 AM

For the Year of the Boomer -- 2014 is the year the youngest Boomers turn 50 -- here is another installment in my survey of 50 Boomers across 10 career categories who have reinvented themselves within the last 10 years.

The adage that "all politics is local" might...

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How This Woman Reinvented Herself By Chasing Her Own Brand After 50

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 11:08 AM

For the Year of the Boomer -- 2014 is the year the youngest Boomers turn 50 -- here is another installment in my survey of 50 Boomers across 10 career categories who have reinvented themselves within the last 10 years.

"After 50, you have to chase your own...

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