"Amy Gorely is an important new spokesperson for the movement to dismantle ageism." ~ Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

Some of my earliest memories include visiting a nursing home where my mom worked. I was brought in to play games, dress as an elf over the holidays and visit with lonely residents.  Even at a young age, I was aware and deeply saddened at how elders were treated and valued in our culture. In college I quickly identified my desire to work in the nonprofit and public sector and have committed myself to nonprofit administration and to working for organizations that are mission driven. 

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My career has included the Triangle United Way and the Carolina Center for Public Service at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have also served as a consultant and project manager for nonprofit and government organizations in the areas of strategic planning, training, facilitation, organizational development and fundraising.  Ten years ago, I made a purposeful shift into the field of aging services to align my passion with my work. I credit the late Florence Soltys as my inspiration and mentor for entering the field of aging.

Through my work with the Leading Age Leadership Academy, I realized that many of our challenges stem from deep rooted ageist views in our society and that I wanted to play a role in shifting our views of growing older. I launched the Be Bold, Claim Old campaign through my TED-inspired two-minute talk at Leading Age.   

I currently work as the Director of Community Relations at Carolina Meadows, which is a fantastic continuing care retirement community in Chapel Hill, NC. I bring an interesting perspective to my work having also served on Carolina Meadows’s Board of Trustees for five years, including as Chair.

I earned a Masters of Public Administration specializing in nonprofit management and a Graduate Certificate in Aging, both from the UNC-Chapel Hill. I am a proud native North Carolinian and live in Hillsborough with my husband and daughter. I’m often spotted soaking in the nature and beauty of our small town. In addition, I credit mindfulness for keeping me fairly sane and enjoy teaching Mindful Yoga.  The mindful approach of being in the present moment with gratitude fits well with Be Bold, Claim Old.