Switching Roles

A man's world? Women's turf? Early retirees are increasingly venturing into fields dominated by the opposite sex

"I'm not doing what I'm supposed to be doing," Henry Miller admits with a laugh. In fact, Miller, 58, a former Xerox Corp. executive who was downsized two years ago, isn't even in the right realm. After spending more than three decades in the impersonal, male-dominated corporate world, Miller now finds himself in women's territory--and he's having the time of his life. He is running a business in a traditionally female-run field: the boarding, training and grooming of dogs. His Boom Towne Canine Center in Farmington, N.Y., is heading for 2005 sales of $400,000 and employs up to 15 people, depending...

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