Focus Forward: Reinventing Career and Retirement

Focus Forward is an integrated program exclusively and thoughtfully designed for professionals ages 50+ who are seeking career mobility and change or planning a post-career transition into retirement. Join others just like you—career professionals looking for a new direction—to navigate the next steps and create an action plan.

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Why Focus Forward?

With nearly 80 million baby boomers moving toward a traditional retirement age, several questions arise: what comes next? Do I want to retire? Do I want to shift careers? Do I want to continue in my current career? This program helps you ask the relevant questions and determine the best course of action through new frameworks, tools, and strategies that will help you map out the future you desire.


Start with the prerequisite Planning for Change in the Third Age workshop, and then select from two courses: Revitalizing Career or Reinventing Retirement. Can't decide which to take? Complete both! Short courses, such as Expanding Community, are also offered.

Prerequisite Course

All Focus Forward participants will begin with the prerequisite course to start stimulating your thinking about your third age—the time in life beginning in your 50s and 60s.

Planning for Change in the Third Age Workshop

This workshop is designed around The Hudson Institute's core model known as Cycle of Renewal™, a powerful learning tool for individuals navigating transition and change. Begin with an exploration of the third age, then learn a model for navigating change and transition for lifelong renewal.


Choose from two additional courses that explore viable options for moving forward with you and your individual needs taking center stage. You can also opt to take both!

Revitalizing Career

Explore whether and how to stay in your current career or transition to a new one. Among other important discoveries, you will identify how your talents, skills, and experiences can be leveraged into new opportunities.

Reinventing Retirement

This course is ideal if you want to shift your focus away from a full-time career to a new chapter that may or may not include "work" of some form. Be introduced to new ways of thinking about retirement, from meaningful new forms of work to community engagement to lifelong learning.

Additional Offerings

Expanding Community

This short course is available to all students who have taken Planning for Change in the Third Age. In that workshop students talked about the 10 Important Considerations in the Third Age. One of those considerations was "Sense of Community." If you're like many of your third-age peers, you may find that your relationships are changing and that having a strong sense of community has become increasingly important to you. Your sense of community in the third age might be different than your partner's or your best friend's. In this course we'll discuss how relationships change in the third age and the potential of having a strong sense of community. Explore what community means to you, learn about the sources of community all around you, discuss ways of expanding your social community, and consider related action steps you can take.

Healthy Aging: Physical, Mental and Social Wellbeing

This short course is available to all students who have taken Planning for Change in the Third Age. In that workshop students talked about the 10 Important Considerations in the Third Age. One of those considerations was Healthy Aging, which combines physical, mental and social health. In this discussion-based two-session course, take a deeper dive into these three aspects of healthy aging. Look at physical, mental and social health and how they combine to create a foundation for healthy aging in the third age. While many people, especially "third-agers," are aware of the importance of physical fitness, we may be less aware of the importance of mental health and the health of our brains as we age. Explore what neuroscience can tell us about our aging brains and learn ways to build our social muscle as the third aspect of healthy aging.

One-on-One Coaching

Gain a deeper understanding of your needs and explore your options one-on-one with a certified coach—a professional who will help you identify and achieve your personal and professional goals. This customized experience is tailored specifically to your needs, as you navigate the next steps in your life. Students may elect the one-on-one coaching option in addition or as an alternative to the other transition courses offered. These one-on-one consultation sessions can take place in-person or over the phone for your convenience.

Lori Zahn

Meet the Instructor

Lori Zahn, president of Perceptive Leaders LLC, a leadership development consulting company, is an executive coach working with organizational leaders and career professionals. Educated in adult development and learning, and drawing on years of experience working in corporate environments—both as a senior level leader in Fortune 100 companies and as a consultant to senior level organizational leadership—Lori brings her passion for the third age and working with professionals to create fulfilling next chapters.

Hear from Our Students

Students in Focus Forward value the collaborative community found in the classes, along with the outstanding quality of instruction provided by lead instructor Lori Zahn. Hear what our students have to say...

Registration Information

Focus Forward students may enroll and pay for non-credit classes online, by telephone at 303-871-2291 (Hours: M-F, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm), or in person at:

University College
2211 South Josephine Street
Denver, CO 80208

When registering for more than one person, please create separate online registrations/accounts or register by phone. Enrollments are filled on a "first come, first served" basis. Auditing a non-credit class in the Focus Forward program is not an option. Payment for classes is due upon enrollment and may be made by cash, credit card (MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover), or check.

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Enrichment Program

Enrichment Program

The Enrichment Program connects the intellectually curious adult to DU's outstanding faculty, facilities, and programming, and Denver's rich cultural community through non-credit courses. With adult education offered via short evening and weekend classes, you can explore a wide range of subjects: from history and contemporary issues to science, literature, and the arts—without the pressures of exams, grades, or admission requirements.

Contact Information

Program Contact
Deb Olson
Charles Stillwagon
Program Coordinator