We’ve been there, done that, and are here to help you get a leg up. We help spur your big ideas, small businesses, and second-act careers, providing you with development events, conferences, and boot camps. Along with our dynamic community of women like you, we are here to help you foster business growth, land the job you deserve, and maneuver through middlescence to advocate for yourself.
Sadly, gendered ageism is the new sexism and we’re here to remind the world of #womendontexpire. We’re unstoppable.
Grab a seat at our small business and life at 40+ conferences, boot camps, and retreats in Denver. Our community is built on helping one another in our encore career journey. Join our midlife-questing, dynamic women 40 and 50+ inside our private Insider membership community.
Our Insider members have free and discounted tickets to events and access to our tailor-made small business and career marketing and development done-for-you templates and worksheets to go further faster inside your business and career. Plus private socials and more. Join us on the inside.
Barbara’s committed to working with your HR, DEI, ERG, and teams to help advance seasoned employees and better intergenerational team dynamics. As the founder of SecondActWomen and Top 25 Most Powerful Businesswoman in Colorado, she delivers high-energy talks and development workshops raising employee confidence, inclusion, belonging, and company productivity.
Find out more and hire Barbara to give your team the boost they need.
Jump in and become an Insider. You’ll connect with some of the most amazing women like you who’ve been there. Done that and looking for more – or not. You can’t put baby in a corner.
Either way, it’s a different kind of women’s club. We talk about leaving corporate – or staying and going up the ladder or across, starting businesses from scratch and making it work, and having honest conversations about menopause, depression, and imposter syndrome. Life at 40+ gets messy, but it does get better every year like a fine wine as they say. We’re here to lean on each other in business, career, and everywhere in between, girlfriend.
You are unstoppable.
Verona Matthews, Michelle Vos, Jess Bonasso (left to right), and our entire community of Insider members are rethinking, reinventing, and rebooting in their second act. And we welcome you to join us on our journey.
I’m Barbara, and I proudly exclaim I’m in chapter 57 of life.
I started SecondActWomen mostly because I COULDN’T GET HIRED at 51 in 2018. Instead of job offers, I got Dear Jan letters – if I received anything at all, frankly. Most emails said I was either “too experienced, not experienced enough, or we went in another direction. Either way, you’re probably picking up what I’m putting down. AGEISM. So, I decided to do something about it by creating a company to provide a space for us. A community for us to blossom (again), collaborate, support, and educate.
Our brand values are to be confident, daring, bold, you, and BE. You are welcome here. – Barbara Brooks
Voted on by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce 2023.
Next Avenue, an online media platform part of PBS, recognized Barbara Brooks to its distinguished list of honorees.
Barbara has led panels and workshops at the nationally recognized, Denver Startup Week.
Last March, we kicked off Women’s History Month on the Kathie J. Show and shared our vision for you – women 40+. Give it a quick watch to learn a wee bit more about Barbara and now former co-founder turned Insider member Guadalupe Hirt.
Sign up for our weekly Aging Out Loud biz+life e-Newsletter and grab a FREE Seasonal Live Life template too. At 40+ we're all about living our lives in full color and our Live Life List is your kickstart to creating a checklist of all the things you've wanted to do. Oh, and others call it a Bucket List but not around these parts. Who wants to think about kicking the bucket when having fun?