Wanda Gozdz is Founder and President of Golden Age Living, LLC, a consulting and interior design company whose mission is to empower the aging to live independent quality lives in their home and work environments, with an emphasis on sustainable design. Her goal is to inform consumers on the changes they need
to make to adapt their homes to their changing lifestyle and to educate professionals that serve the senior market on how to help their clients and their families “Age in Place.”
Wanda began her career as a teacher and moved into the business world to become a purchasing agent. She left after seven years and learned to manage library resources which provided the foundation for starting W. Gozdz Enterprises, Inc. in Florida.
Wanda Gozdz joined the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), while continuing to market to Big Six accounting firms, law firms and law libraries. She served on NAWBO’s National Public Policy Council, which helped pass legislation supporting women business owners. Gozdz was award the 1995 Public Policy Advocate of the Year award from NAWBO and that same year she was also named Small Business Woman of the Year.
Because of her determination to stay in her own home “forever,” her mother inspired Gozdz to move into the Aging in Place arena. Gozdz pursued a degree in Interior Design and became a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). Today, she is an instructor for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), which named her the 2014 CAPS Educator of the Year. She teaches nationwide and frequently presents at national and international conferences on the topic of “Aging in Place”.
Wanda Gozdz authored Sensible Smart Tips for Living in Your ForeverHomeTM. Karen Kane of Karen Kane Interiors and Gozdz received the 2013 Laurel Award for Residential Construction less than 10,000 feet from the Green Building & Remodelers Council of The Treasure Coast Builders Association (TCBA) for their design work for the Lobby Project at Hibiscus by the Sea. She also received the Golden Mouse Award for Digital Devices from Women in Ecommerce for creating an encrypted flash drive for storage of confidential information.
Wanda has served on the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design and on the Advisory Committee of Indian River State College, Interior Design & Technology Department. She is a member of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID), Interior Design Society (IDS), International Furnishings & Design Association (IFDA),National Kitchen and Bath (NKBA), Association of Aging in America (AIA), and Builders Association of South Florida (BASF). She is an avid runner, finishing first in her age group in the 2015 Fort Lauderdale Marathon.