Amanda Cavaleri is a millennial ethnogeronpreneur and PBS Next Avenue Top 50 Influencer in Aging. She is an entrepreneur specializing in workforce development, gerontechnology (the interdisciplinary field of research specializing in technology for older persons), and documentary and virtual reality filmmaking. She is a storyteller, an adventurer, a believer in the power of human connection. Cavaleri is the founder of Connect The Ages, a multimedia grassroots organization on a mission to connect Gens X, Y, and Z to the values of elders and ultimately careers in the field of aging.
The overarching aim of her work is to connect old and young. Cavaleri believes older generations are the greatest untapped resource, whose life experience has immense potential to add value to younger generations.
Cavaleri is a fifth generation Coloradan living in Washington, D.C. Her passion to bridge the generational divide was inspired by "Gramps": a sailor, pilot, and entrepreneur. As he grew older, Gramps' adventurous spirit and knack for enriching the lives of those around him came in the form of storytelling.
Cavaleri has independently launched a number of startups in aging services and gerontechnology. She's realized that young people who have the opportunity to learn from older generations have a greater sense of self and purpose. Her passion project, Connect The Ages, aims to create an America that values and enables opportunities for old and young.
Cavaleri's passion to bridge the generational divide is inextricably tied with a passion to bridge the digital divide. This is expressed through her work connecting students to older generations as well as her advisory services to build the best-in-class gerontechnology offerings. She's a successfully self-taught VR filmmaker, and a design expert in IoT and wearable biotechnology, and has contributed to the design of caregiving applications available on Amazon's Alexa.
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Cavaleri's Industry Leadership:
Workforce development pioneer and founder of Connect The Ages
Hands-on technology implementation and operational experience
Unique global knowledge of cutting edge technologies to enhance quality of life
Consultative and advisory background in digital health startups, consumer electronic companies, technology investors, life plan communities (formerly CCRCs), government affairs (national), aging associations (national and local), and universities
Gerontechnology & Intergenerational Noteworthy Work:
2017-2018 PBS Next Avenue Top 50 Influencer in Aging
2016-2017 AARP - Enterprise Strategy & Innovation A. Barry Rand Fellow
2015-Present Generations United - member of the Board of Directors
2014-Present Connect The Ages - Founder and aging services workforce development pioneer
2015-2016 University of Denver - Innovation & Business Partner to Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging
2014-2016 Carnegie Mellon University & UPMC - Thought Leader & Advisor to Quality of Life Technology Center
Connect The Ages - Workforce Development Campaign: