Focus Forward: Navigating Professional Transitions

Focus Forward is an integrated program exclusively and thoughtfully designed for working professionals looking to make a later career transition. Join others just like you—later career professionals looking for a new direction—to navigate the next steps and create an action plan.

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Why Focus Forward?

As you know in both business and life, it's not just about asking questions, but asking the right questions. Do I want to shift careers? Do I want to continue in my current career? Do I want to start making strides toward retirement? 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 workshop, and then select from two courses: Revitalizing Career or Reinventing Retirement. Can't decide which to take? Complete both! Short courses, such as Healthy Aging and Expanding Community, are also offered

Prerequisite Course

All Focus Forward participants will begin with the prerequisite course to start stimulating your thinking about later career transition.

Planning for Change 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 later career transition, 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. Discuss how relationships change in the third age and the potential of having a strong sense of community.

Healthy Aging: Physical, Mental and Social Wellbeing

This short course is available to all students who have taken Planning for Change. Examine these three aspects of healthy aging and how they combine to create a foundation for healthy aging in the third age.

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
Renae Jacob
Interim Director
Charles Stillwagon
Program Coordinator