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Carolyn Hartfield

  • National Association of Professional Women VIP Woman of the Year (2016-2017)

  • Profile of Positive Aging Image Award, Representing AARP (2016)

  • Cover of GirlFriends Lifestyle Magazine, Special Edition for the White House Conference on Aging (March 2015)

  • Huff/Post|TODAY Show - 50 Over 50 Who Reinvented Themselves (2014)

Carolyn Hartfield epitomizes the term 'aging gracefully' as evidenced by the recognitions, celebrations and  accolades she continues to receive through the years, since turning age 50 in 1998. Those listed above are the more recent ones.

As a 69 year old Carolyn discovered her athleticism and penchant for sports at age 50 when she started playing organized basketball on a senior women’s team. She traveled across the country playing in various tournaments and competitions, including the National Senior Games, Huntsman World Games, Michigan Senior Olympics and others, where she earned gold and silver medals and other recognitions.

At age 56, after her first hiking experience trekking Blood Mountain in North Georgia, she discovered another passion. A passion for the outdoors! Raised as an urban city girl, Carolyn never knew she had the passion for the outdoors in her! At age 60 she started her own hiking group where she leads monthly group hikes, primarily in the North Georgia Mountains. Hiking brought out her adventurous spirit. She added other group activities that include zip lining, white water rafting, kayaking, camping, bicycle riding, tree climbing, spelunking, backpacking and others.

OPALS – Older People with Active Lifestyles is a group she started in 2009. OPALS is a network of men and women aged 50 and older who are young at heart, enjoy an active lifestyle, are fit (or want to become fit), friendly and have fun participating in athletic and social events with peers. OPALS frequently plans community service events and is intentional about engaging in inter-generational outings, events and teaching projects.

Once Carolyn learned about “Meetup,” a web forum that helps people with like interest meet, Carolyn expanded her network and activities when she established the OPALS “Meetup”, now with 400+ members and established the Atlanta African American Baby Boomers “Meetup” now with 600+ members. Additionally, she shares news about her adventures to her Atlanta African American Adventures “Meetup” group with 3,400+ members of all ages and to subscribers of  her online newsletter called Healthy Living.

REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) invited her to become a Community Partner, as did the Georgia Conservancy. She volunteers with the National Park Service as a member of the Master Ranger Corps in their Trails and Rails program. She is
certified as a National Interpretive Guide. She is also certified in Wilderness First Aid through the National Outdoor Leadership School. She completed the requirements to become an official Outings Leader through the Sierra Club.
Recently, Carolyn earned her Health Coach certificate through Emory University and was trained as a Lay Leader for Stanford University’s Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management Programs.

Carolyn continues to seek new and sometimes challenging adventures each year for her birthday. She lives by her coined phrase: “Seasoned and Savoring in the Spices of Life!” In all that she does, she strives to “live life to the fullest!” and she encourages others to do the same!

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Speech Topics

Seasoned and Savoring in the Spices of Life!

Carolyn enthusiastically shares her personal wisdom in this keynote.  She uses her own life experiences, tells compelling stories and interjects metaphors to captivate the heart and mind of her audience bringing laughter, lightheartedness,  insight and inspiration to those who want to live their best life now!

Healthy Living ... A Lifelong Lifestyle

Carolyn shares her real life health challenges and how she overcame them to the point she does not use any medications, including over-the-counter drugs.  She helps her audience thinks about the 'why' of healthy living and how to take practical steps to develop healthy habits that will lead to an overall healthy, lifelong lifestyle ... all while having fun and getting fit!

The Next Chapter ... In the Book of Life

Carolyn helps her audience write their own next chapter in their book of life.  They are the author, editor and publisher of the book of life with their name on it! She engages them in thinking about where they have been, where they are now, and where they want to go, how they can connect the dots backwards to see how they got to where they are now.

Customized Titles for Your Event

Carolyn can modify her presentation to best fit into the theme of your event.  She will work with you to assure the topic addresses the demographics of your audience members and upholds the integrity of your organization.

Book Titles

Seasoned and Savoring in the Spices of Life!

This book talks about being seasoned as we age, no matter the age, but how our life experiences results in being knowledgeable, qualified, skillful, accomplished and yes, battle-scarred.  However, through our participation in life itself, we can add mild or hot spices to stir in some excitement, and refresh and rejuvenate, and bask in all that life has to offer.  It depends on how our choices and how we interpret and act upon the results. (Spring 2017)

The Next Chapter ... in the Book of Life

It is inevitable that we will have a number of chapters in our lives, i.e., childhood, teenage years, student, young adulthood, marriage, work life and so on.  However, with all of these chapters, at what stage are we the author, editor and publisher of the chapters.This book takes the reader on a journey through their life and provides guidance on creating and developing their next chapter in their Book of Life! (Summer 2017)

How to Live a Simple, yet Sensational Life!

This book walks the reader through various ways to live a seemingly simple life that is actually sensational in all aspects that are meaningful to them!  It explores interpretations of a simplistic lifestyle and how you can live your dreams and  live your life to the fullest! (Fall 2017)

Training / Workshops

Chronic Disease Self Management Program

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a workshop that helps participants learn ways to make better choices that result in better health.  It is  given in two and a half hour sessions, once a week, for six weeks. It is suitable for community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. People with different chronic health problems attend together and learn how to best utilize a 'toolbox' of skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as help them with active lifestyles.  This workshop is offered as a community service program in the greater Atlanta, Georgia metro area only.

Diabetes Self Management Program

People with type 2 diabetes attend this workshop in groups of 12-16. Workshops are facilitated from a highly detailed manual.  Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. This workshop is offered as a community service program in the greater Atlanta, Georgia metro area only.

The Role of Positivity in a Healthy Lifestyle

Conducted as group coaching sessions, this series of workshops trains each participant in the powerful effects of mindful meditation, and positive thoughts and self-talk.  It helps the participants determine their level of readiness to make lasting changes in their lives that leads them to accomplishing their health or life goals. Sessions can be conducted as face-to-face or telephone conference calls.

Outdoor Adventure Leader Basics

As a result of introducing many people to hiking and other outdoor activities, Carolyn covers some of the basics that are vitally important to be familiar with for an enjoyable and safe outing.  She relays her experiences as well and all the training she has received to organizational or individuals who are interested in leading groups or just going out for a day of adventure with family or friends.


Chronic Disease Self Management Program

Carolyn enthusiastically shares her personal wisdom in this keynote.  She uses her own life experiences and tells compelling stories to captivate the heart ad mind of her audience bringing insight, hope and inspiration to those who want to live their best life now!

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'Live Life to the Fullest!'