Program Overview

As a Change Maker fellow, you’ll have access to inspiring activities and invaluable tools to plan your next life chapter, one with social impact. You’ll be guided by an expert facilitator to assess where you are in your life and identify your talents, strengths, and aspirations. Through internal reflection and external discovery, you’ll envision where you want to go next. And you’ll leave with a practical plan to build passion and purpose into your next stage of life.


peers going through transition experience together


semester long (4 months)


combination of in-person & remote


evenings per week
(Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

I’m so excited about Change Makers because I think what's happening at the University of Colorado Denver is a model for what we need all over the country.

Marc Freedman

Founder/coCEO of CoGenerate and author of Encore and How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations

Program Components

Change Makers Professionals


You’ll join other accomplished professionals at a similar stage of life, sharing stories and learning together as you shape your next chapter. 


In the weekly discussion-based sessions, you’ll reflect on what you’ve done and explore new trajectories to leverage your experience and contribute in new ways for the greater good. Sample session topics:

  • Dealing with change and transition
  • Identifying your meaning and purpose
  • Prototyping possible life designs
  • The changing landscape of work
  • Community leadership and advocacy, volunteerism and more
  • Planning for health and wellness
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Change Maker student taking notes


In the weekly seminar series, you’ll hear from experts on various aspects of a full life, including wellness, traditional and non-traditional work roles, the new world of work, and creative and social impact opportunities. Sample seminar topics:

  • The new map of life and how you can make the most of increased longevity
  • How our own beliefs about aging affect us
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Wellness and the power of purpose
  • Intergenerational connections

Grow Your Brain

You’ll have the opportunity to audit university courses, learning alongside traditional-age students.

  • Take a course for pleasure or intellectual stimulation, without the burden of tests and grades. Learn about architectural history, music theory, social entrepreneurship, or anything in between.
CU Denver Campus


With access to university events including lectures, seminars, exhibitions and performances, you’ll expand your intellectual horizons.

I’m honored to be part of a diverse 22-member cohort exploring new personal and professional opportunities, building community, and creating connections for the next phases of life. I highly recommend this unique program.
Buffy N

Buffy N

Change Makers alumnus, 2023

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