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Ageism – I’m Still Not Done it’s time to talk about ageism in the workplace

November 21, 2022

Ageism is one of the last ‘isms’ to be addressed especially in the Workplace. In this episode of the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast, my guest, Patti Temple Rocks discusses the topic of ageism and why she is Still Not Done.

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Patti Temple Rocks

Workplace ageism consultant, communications leader, problem-solver, and public speaker

Over the course of an impressive four-decade career, Patti Temple Rocks has held senior leadership positions in three different sectors of the communications industry: PR, advertising, and corporate client side. She served as the Chief Communications Officer for The Dow Chemical Company and Chief Reputation Officer for Leo Burnett Worldwise. She is an inspirational leader, builder of teams, creative thinker, problem-solver, and agent of change.

Patti is passionate about discussing and fighting age discrimination and helping people understand how ageism stunts business growth and reflects poorly on our society. As a public speaker and consultant, Patti works with businesses that wish to change for the better and implement effective practices to fight ageism in the workplace. During her impressive career in marketing and advertising, her valuable ideas and strategies were implemnted by world-class organizations including McDonalds, Unilever, Bacardi, and Walmart.

To learn more about ageism and get in touch with Patti, visit http://imnotdone.rocks


I’m Still Not Done: It’s Time to Talk About Ageism in The Workplace

In I’m Still Not Done, Patti Temple Rocks provides an unflinchingly honest and insightful picture of what ageism in the workplace looks and feels like and how business leaders can get on the right side of addressing and eradicating it. Patti’s story and the stories of people like her create a powerful declaration and a movement to stop this insidious form of workplace discrimination in its tracks – a movement that is more needed now than ever before. Perceptions of older Americans took a deep dive downward in general over the past two years, and those negative perceptions – that older people are frail and weak and, sadly, disposable – crept into the workplace. In fact, before the pandemic, an AARP survey showed 61 percent of people ages 40 to 65 had either seen or experienced ageism in the workplace. In May of 2021 that number jumped to 78 percent. That is the highest number AARP has ever recorded since they began tracking in 2003.

Regardless of gender, sexual preference, race, religion, or any other marker, the simple truth is that we all get older. But there is another truth, far more nuanced: we are very likely to face ageism at work. Ageism is real. It is widespread and insidious, and far too often it’s largely hidden due to the low rate of reporting by those who are pushed out of their jobs when they reach a certain age. With the largest demographic America has ever seen—baby boomers—now experiencing age discrimination at work, it’s time to talk about this practice, which is deeply hurtful and bad for business.

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Retirement Reflections November 23, 2022 at 04:47

    Ageism is sadly real, widespread and often blown over. Thank you and Patti for shining a spotlight on this.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 23, 2022 at 05:37

      Patti was so interesting to talk to Donna and it has really made me think and be more aware of the last ‘ism’ to be overcome xx

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