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Samuel C. Pease

Samuel C. Pease is Vice President of New Directions, a Boston-based venture that encourages its clients to look at their next opportunity as part of a strategy designed to meet their long-term work and life goals. New Directions helps its clients to clarify those goals and develop a plan that will carry them into their post-career years.

New Directions states that its “nationally recognized Life Portfolio Program® helps them develop a balance of part-time work with other meaningful activities. These might include family and leisure time, continued learning, teaching or "giving back" — as many of our clients already do through our Foundation for New Directions.” (see

The New Directions Mission Statement states that

“We believe in and practice Martin Buber's philosophy that:

‘Every person born in this world represents something new,
something that never existed before,
something original and unique...
and every man or woman's foremost task is the
actualization of his or her unique, unprecedented and
never-recurring possibilities.’ "

While Sam is not joining the panel to promote a commercial venture, he is arguably an expert on some aspects of the concerns that will be raised.

Sam is a veteran of 16 years in executive search, most recently as a senior partner at Heidrick & Struggles, and earlier with Russell Reynolds Associates. Sam was active in the Consumer, Chief Financial Officer and Private Equity Practices. He has conducted assignments for presidents, divisional general managers, and senior functional management in marketing and finance for large and small companies.

Sam has an MBA from Boston University and has had experience with business unit management at H.J. Heinz and Reebok. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy after graduating from Yale and is on the Board of FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools), the Marketplace Network and the Boston Urban Youth Foundation among other organizations.

Sam recommends a book by the founder of New Directions David D. Corbett. Portfolio Life: the New Path to Work, Purpose and Passion after 50 (Jossey-Bass, November 2006)