Next Avenue: Not the ‘stereotypical retired life’: At 58, she went to fashion design school and ended up on ‘Project Runway’

by | Aug 30, 2023 | Stock Market

This article is reprinted by permission from It is never too late to pursue your passions, especially when you don’t let fear stand in your way. This is why, at 58, Nancy Volpe Beringer  mustered up the guts to go back to school and pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer.

She truly believes that every great idea starts with a dream and that we need to find the gumption to pursue our dreams with everything we’ve got, regardless of the obstacles that always slide into our path. At the time the Philadelphia-area native found inspiration from her two grown sons, Dan, now 44, a successful company president in the finance arena, and David, now 42, a musician, videographer and photographer.  When she applied to college in fashion design, she transitioned from being a successful educator to a management-level position as an advocate for educators. The now 68-year-old Volpe Beringer admits, “I was lying awake feeling a bit jealous of my children who were learning so many cool things, but who gets jealous of their own kids? I guess I did.” “This led me to ask the one question that truly changed my life — if I was young, what would I want to study? What would I want to learn? And it immediately came to me that it was fashion design.” Volpe Beringer tried to talk herself into something “more practical” such as interior design but allowed h …

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