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Kerry Hannon

Nationally-Recognized Career, Finance, & Retirement Expert and Best-Selling Author

  • Has appeared as a career and financial expert on numerous national media outlets

  • Contributor to The New York Times and Money magazine

  • Named the "2016 Women and Retirement Expert"

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Kerry Hannon is a best-selling author, highly-acclaimed columnist, and nationally-recognized expert and strategist on career transitions, personal finance, retirement, and entrepreneurship, especially for older women. She is a sought-after national keynote speaker and moderator who speaks on a variety of topics focused on personal finance, retirement, and career transitions and strategies, at large events and conferences across the country. She is also a frequent TV and radio commentator. Kerry focuses on developing strategies to empowering yourself to do more with your career and personal finances – now and for the future.

Millions of viewers, readers, subscribers, and listeners have been motivated and inspired by Kerry’s can-do, down-to-earth message.

Kerry is the best-selling author of a dozen award-winning books, including the national best-seller, Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy . . . And Pays the Bills, Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness, which was recognized as the number #1 new release on Amazon and is an Amazon best-selling book, Getting the Job You Want after 50, What’s Next?: Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond, and Money Confidence: Really Smart Financial Moves for Newly Single Women, was was distributed by Simon and Schuster and available worldwide. Kerry’s new book, Never Too Old to Get Rich: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life, will be published by John Wiley & Sons, in May 2019.

Hannon has spent more than 25 years covering all aspects of careers, business, personal finance, and retirement as a columnist, editor, and writer for the nation’s leading media companies, including The New York TimesForbes, Money, U.S. News & World Report, and USA Today. Kerry’s work has also appeared in BusinessWeek, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and The Wall Street Journal, among many other national publications. She has also appeared as a career and financial expert on numerous national media outlets, such as ABC, CBS, CNBC, NPR, PBS, NBC Nightly News, and The Dr. Phil Show.

Kerry is currently a regular columnist and regular contributor to The New York Times, a contributing writer at Money magazine, AARP’s Work and Jobs Expert and Great Jobs columnist, contributing editor and Second Verse columnist at Forbes, and the leading expert and columnist for the PBS website,, where she covers personal finance, wealth management, and careers for Baby Boomer women. In 2006, she developed U.S. News & World Report’s “Second Acts” feature, a regular column that looked at people who successfully navigated a complete career change in midlife, their challenges, and their motivations, and was named the "2016 Women and Retirement Expert" by TIAA-CREF. 

In addition to practical advice for older workers seeking to land rewarding jobs, find financial and personal rewards after 50, and ride the age wave of longevity with grace, a key passion for Kerry is helping and advising women on how to take charge of their own financial planning, at all stages of their lives, to prepare themselves for a financially-secure future. Her earlier books on this topic, include Suddenly Single: Money Skills for Divorcees and Widows and The 10-Minute Guide to Retirement for Women.

Kerry's clients include Alliance for Investor Education, AARP, Columbia University, Duke University,, Egan, Berger & Weiner Financial Advisors, The Money Show, Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER), MBA Career Services for Working Professionals (MBA CSWP) Alliance, Mary Furlong & Associates, Omega Wealth Management, The Financial Planning Association, Investor Protection Trust, Montana Commission Securities and Insurance, The Pennsylvania Conference for Women, New York State Association of Independent Schools, The Texas Conference for Women, FortyPlus of Greater Washington, American Society on Aging, Oklahoma Conference on Aging, National Book Festival, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, The Iowa Insurance Division, The Transition Network, The Stanford Longevity Center, TIAA, The University of Pennsylvania, The University of California, and SABEW: Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing.

Kerry is a National Press Foundation fellow and a fellow of the Columbia Journalism School and the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center’s Age Boom Academy. She is also a former Metlife Foundation and New America Media fellow on aging.

Kerry graduated from Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she serves on the Board of Visitors. She received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, where she is currently a member of an editorial board. Kerry lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, documentary producer and editor Cliff Hackel, and her Labrador Retriever, Zena.

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