History Of 40Plus

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40Plus is a United States based non-profit organization that helps professionals, managers and executives make career transitions and find employment. Membership is open to experienced professionals of all ages. 40Plus chapters provide job search training programs, networking opportunities, and other resources to members. Members come from all sectors of the economy, including private businesses, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and government. Many people with technical and professional expertise do not receive outplacement counseling when they lose their jobs, and 40Plus chapters have helped to fill that gap for many individuals.


40Plus is an independent, member-run, all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. 40Plus provides hope, direction and support by helping people develop the skills needed to find meaningful work or make a successful job transition.


The mission of 40Plus “is to facilitate and support career transitions for people with substantial business or professional experience through training and volunteer experience.”[2]A secondary mission is “for educating the public and the business community on the value of maturity, experience, knowledge and judgment in the work place”. [3]


40Plus was established in 1939 by Henry Simler, an executive with Remington Rand [4]. He created a “40 Plus Committee” at New York City’s Sales Executive Club to help the many over-forty executives he knew who were having difficulties finding jobs. Serving as a job clearinghouse and mutual support group, the club soon became an independent organization, while the concept spread to cities throughout the U.S. The first chapter was organized in Boston, and the second in New York City.[5]

Over the years, 40Plus chapters had the unusual mission of losing their members by helping them find full-time professional or executive jobs. [7][8]


40Plus chapters are run entirely or almost entirely on the donated labor of members.

The New York organization’s first Advisory Board included well-know business and societal leaders of the period, including Thomas J. Watson, president and founder of IBM; James Cash Penney, founder of J.C. Penney & Co.; Arthur Godfrey, the radio and TV personality; and Norman Vincent Peale, a minister, inspirational speaker, and author of “The Power of Positive Thinking.” 

The current board members offer a diverse expertise which has supported many other job seekers. [12]


[11]  Joel Dresang Milwaukee Journal; [12] Dennis R Cherne