Planning Your Digital Afterlife


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In the digital age, most of us have created huge amounts of information about ourselves in digital form, stored on media sites, in in-boxes, and online photo collections. When we pass, what happens to this data? What happens to our social media accounts, email conversations, blogs, websites and, of most interest to club members, our collections of photos and videos?

Beyond our biological life, we must also consider our digital life, and whether it lives on—and in what form—after our biological life has ended.

We will not cover specific legal issues in this course, but instead, we’ll identify the elements and steps of Planning Your Digital Afterlife, review some issues and roadblocks, and share helpful resources to ensure our “digital assets” are handled in accordance with our wishes.

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define Digital Assets: What are they? Who owns them? What can be inherited?
  • List and discuss the 3 reasons to plan
  • List and discuss the common roadblocks to planning
  • List the steps to plan your Digital Afterlife
  • Understand the components of a Digital Will
  • Access links to helpful resources

This presentation is taught by Randy Gerdes and will be held on April 10th, at 6:30 PM at the Salt Lake City Library main branch, 210 East, 400 South, SLC. Please register so we know how many chairs to set up.


Randy Gerdes bio:

Prior to retiring in 2017, Randy served as VP and Chief Strategy Officer for CopperPoint Insurance Companies. Additionally, he held leadership positions in four Fortune 500 firms, and is founding principal of the consulting firm Q3 Strategies, where he worked with clients on issues including strategy, transition, change initiatives, and executive development. Randy has worked with firms ranging in size from 150 to 89,000 employees in industries including insurance, finance, aerospace, design, energy, microelectronics, technology and healthcare.

He earned his MA at Arizona State University, and has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Phoenix and University of Arizona. He worked in Cairo with the Government of Egypt on an educational exchange program for senior officials.

Randy is the author of several articles, including What Customers Wish You Knew and The Hard Case for Soft Skills. He is past chair of the Local First Arizona Board of Directors, and is a founding member and past co-chair of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Board of Stewards.

His hobbies include music, hiking, camping and photography.

P.S Randy is a current WCC member and volunteers as the manager of our WCC Facebook account!