The mission of 40Plus of Greater Washington is
to help experienced professionals know and effectively communicate their value
with confidence in securing a new position or changing careers.
40Plus is a community connecting individuals to share experiences, support, and resources throughout our careers.
40Plus was founded duringthe Great Depression. In 1939, Henry Simler,
an executive with the Remington Rand company, created a “40 Plus Committee” at
New York City’s Sales Executive Club to help over-40 executives who were having
difficulty finding jobs.
Four American giants
formed the New York organization’s first Advisory Board: (left to right) Tom Watson, president and founder of IBM; James Cash Penney, founder of J.C. Penney & Co.; Arthur
Godfrey, popular radio and TV personality; and Norman Vincent Peale, minister, inspirational
speaker, and author of The Power of Positive Thinking. The concept
spread to cities throughout the U.S.
realized that a program combining training, motivation, and support, led by and
for unemployed people, would work wonders. That's still true today.