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Growing Bolder tour features motivational speakers on aging

Marc Middleton, founder and CEO of Growing Bolder. // Photo courtesy of Growing Bolder

Growing Bolder, a global leader and advocate for healthy, active lifestyles, recently announced the start of a national tour called Launchpad to What’s Next LIVE!, a star-studded program featuring top motivational speakers who are redefining aging.

Speakers include Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famer Roger McGuinn, Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines, and several other well-known authorities on brain health, fitness, longevity, and more.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 27, for the event scheduled from 7-9pm Thursday, May 30, at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, 1051 Main St., The Villages. The event will be taped for national television and air this year on PBS, a news release states. Tickets are $35 for reserved seating and can be purchased online at or at The Villages’ entertainment box office at 1070 Canal St.

The speaker lineup includes:

Roger McGuinn

Roger McGuinn, musician and founder of the Byrds.

Rowdy Gaines, three-time Olympic gold medalist and sports broadcaster.

Diana Nyad, author, who at age 64 became the first person to swim from Cuba to Key West without the aid of a shark cage.

Lisa Lynn, personal trainer to Martha Stewart and author of “The Metabolism Solution.”

Rowdy Gaines

Dr. Roger Landry, highly decorated flight surgeon and author of “Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging.”

Jim Smith Jr., known as Mr. Energy, a renowned trainer, motivational speaker and author of “The No-Excuse Guide to Success.”

Dan Buettner, a National Geographic explorer who discovered five “Blue Zones” where people live the longest, healthiest lives.

Diana Nyad

Dr. Vonda Wright, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who has pioneered research in mobility and new views on aging.

Growing Bolder founder and CEO Marc Middleton is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, champion swimmer, and author of “Growing Bolder: Defy the Cult of Youth, Live with Passion and Purpose.” He describes the show as a “high-energy, inspiration-packed evening.”

“We believe everyone who attends will leave excited to reignite their passion and discover what’s next,” Marc says in the release. “Lives will be changed for the better. There’s not another program like this.”

Following the event, Marc will sign copies of his book.

Launchpad to What’s Next LIVE! will tour the country through November with stops at Tampa, Orlando, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Sun City, Arizona, among other cities.

Growing Bolder, which produces radio and television programs in all the major U.S. markets, also publishes a magazine and podcasts. Growing Bolder’s mission is to revolutionize how people view aging and experience life by sharing research and uplifting anecdotes that inspire them to look at their later years as a time filled with possibility.

In March, Growing Bolder launched an Ambassadors Club initiative in The Villages.

“The purpose (of the club) is to give people who believe in living lives filled with joy and possibility an opportunity to be encouraged by others who share that vision,” says Marc, a seven-time masters swimming national champion.

More than 100 Villagers have come together since the beginning of March to form the Ambassadors Club, the release states.