Third Act with Liz Tinkham

The Mayor with Shelley Brindle

In this episode, Shelley shares her journey from finding her first job in the Want Ads to beating an incumbent as an underdog and why making an impact begins with personal responsibility.

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Third Act Podcast

Your first act is school, your second act is work, but have you thought about what you’re going to do in your third act? Join host Liz Tinkham, a former Accenture Senior Managing Director, as she talks to guests who are happily “pretired” – enjoying their time, treasure, and talent to pursue their purpose and passion in the third act of their life.

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The Mayor with Shelley Brindle

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Mayor Shelley Brindle is defined by her need to make a difference. From her experiences as an assistant college football coach to the only woman in a media company’s C-suite, Shelley established her reputation as someone who always delivered. With her head down at work, she didn’t pay much attention to her local town, but when she left her big C-suite job, she looked around and realized that her energy and determination might be useful to that town. After an eye-opening election, she’s now delivering again, this time as the Mayor of Westfield, New Jersey. With a clear vision of change she wants to implement, Shelley forges onwards into her next election.

In the episode, Shelley shares her journey from finding her first job in the Want Ads to beating an incumbent as an underdog. Join us as she describes – the visualization that instigated the leap of faith into her third act, and how to avoid “the pasture”. Most importantly, Mayor Brindle highlights how making an impact begins with personal responsibility.

(3:38) The first role model
(5:54) The University of Virginia’s tradition of losing
(9:04) Act 1: a lesson in humility
(10:03) Act 2: self-addressed stamped envelopes
(13:08) From “in the room” to locked out of it
(17:13) Diving off the cliff
(20:31) Act 3: pick up a clipboard
(23:20) Republican bastion under siege
(28:45) The greatest resources are within the community
(34:20) I’m not done yet

To connect with Mayor Brindle online, visit or follow her on Twitter (@swbrindle), Instagram (@mayorbrindle), Facebook, or LinkedIn.

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