Bluehair Technology Group, The Inspiration
Founder of Bluehair Technology Group, Jane Ratliff, was inspired with an idea when her brother called her just before their mother’s 86th birthday in September of 2011. They decided to get her an iPad even though she had never turned on a computer. As an educator and trainer by degree and experience, Jane knew her mother would need to see the benefits of her new device in order to keep her interest and reduce frustration. Thus, the idea for Bluehair Technology Group was born. Jane gave her mother three months of iPad tutoring and by the end of it she was sending and receiving emails, interacting with family and friends on Facebook, and playing Words with Friends! Jane realized that this generation of adults needs personal training on current technology. They need the tools to stay connected and communicate with their family and friends as they enter the next phase of their lives.
Founder & Visionary, Jane Ratliff
Jane is an entrepreneur who started the nonprofit organization Bluehair Technology Group in 2012, which is dedicated to senior technology education. She is passionate about ensuring seniors stay connected to family, friends and their interests through the use of technology such as Apple iPhones, iPads, Android Tablets, and social networking sites including Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.
With jargon-free student guidebooks and instructor guides, Bluehair Technology Group delivers fun, hands-on and relevant seminars for seniors at Independent Living Communities, Senior Living Communities, Country Clubs and other private and public locations. Jane successfully recruits volunteers to assist at all seminars as well as behind the scenes development of curriculum, creating social media content and writing grants.
Jane Ratliff grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey and received a degree in Elementary Education from William Patterson University. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1984 with the newly formed BellSouth Mobility. She worked over 25 years in corporate careers with BellSouth, Cingular Wireless and Manheim Auto Auctions (a Cox Enterprises subsidiary). Jane held various positions focusing on customer retention, web development, system analysis and sales training.