Dr Phil Burgess

Phil Burgess is an award-winning educator, businessman, and writer who has lectured worldwide – in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, including Japan, China, India, Korea, and Vietnam. He has appeared on PBS, NPR, CNN, and CNBC, and his views have been reported in regional, national and international media – including Sydney Morning Herald, The Financial Times (London), The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post, and Vital Speeches.

As a newspaper columnist, Phil has written more than 250 weekly Bonus Years commentaries about changing aging and America’s emerging longevity culture. His column appears each Sunday in the Annapolis Capital-Gazette. In addition, he wrote more than 350 weekly commentaries on America’s national and regional political culture that appeared in the Denver-based Rocky Mountain News from 1990-2001 and were nationally distributed to more than 140 newspapers by Scripps Howard News Service.

Phil had three careers before “retiring” –

  • first, as a university professor at The Ohio State University, University of Colorado and Colorado School of Mines – and a visiting professor at UCLA, University of West Florida, and Australia's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) business school;
  • second, as chief executive of non-profits and think tanks focused on public management, public policy and economic development – including the Federation of Rocky Mountain States, Western Governors’ Policy Office, the Center for the New West, and chief executive of the Congressionally-chartered National Academy of Public Administration in Washington; and
  • third, as a C-suite executive at large-cap, multi-national media-communications companies: US West (now CenturyLink) and Telstra, Australia’s leading media-communications enterprise.

Phil is currently president of The Annapolis Institute, established in 1993 to advance principled leadership in business enterprises, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Phil and Mary Sue, his wife of 38 years, are parents of three adult children and live in Annapolis, Maryland.

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I began thinking about our "Bonus Years" when I lost my last marble...

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