The THRIVE seminar takes a holistic approach to retirement planning. Participants are educated and engaged in personal financial planning as part of a larger exploration of identity, health, and vocation in retirement. THRIVE is available in two formats, as an e-learning series and an in-person seminar.

THRIVE has replaced the Growing into Tomorrow ... Today seminar.

Rooted in A Theology of Benefits, the Board’s retirement planning seminar addresses retirement preparation holistically. THRIVE — short for Thinking Retirement: Identity, Vocation, and Economics — covers subject matters such as financial planning and retirement healthcare options as part of a larger exploration of identity, health, and vocation in retirement.

THRIVE is taught by Board University educators and other experts throughout the country. It includes interactive and hands-on learning opportunities.

​"I would recommend the seminar because it provides reminders of issues I had not anticipated fully and answers to specific questions I had asked elsewhere but had not been able to have answered. It also gave me dedicated time to thinking critically about retirement issues." 

— Seminar participant/inquirer

Who it’s for

The THRIVE seminar is designed for Benefits Plan members who are 10 or fewer years away from retirement, and their spouses or surviving spouses. This includes part-time employees who are enrolled in any benefit from the Benefits Plan.

What you’ll learn

In this seminar, you will

  • identify key questions for discernment in planning for retirement;
  • assess finances, including options for saving before retirement, and develop appropriate expectations for retirement living;
  • discuss spiritual, physical, and mental health issues related to aging;
  • create next steps in these areas essential to well-being —
    • identity
    • vocation
    • economics
  • discover tools and resources for do-it-yourself retirement preparation; and
  • acquire knowledge to confidently transition to, and ultimately thrive in, retirement.

Learning formats

THRIVE is available in two learning formats to best serve you: an e-learning series and an in-person seminar.

E-learning series

The THRIVE e-learning series — available on the Board University e-learning platform through our benefits portal, Benefits Connect — integrates recorded instructor-led content and interactive exercises. You may move through the THRIVE e-learning series at your own pace. The e-learning platform will record your progress and allow you to resume where you left a previous session. The total estimated time to progress through the entire series is 9 hours in addition to the personal time you take to reflect and complete exercises.

Request access

To request access to the THRIVE e-learning series

  • log in to Board University via Benefits Connect;
  • click Content Library and search for THRIVE;
  • complete the brief survey in the course entitled THRIVE E-Learning: Request to Enroll.

Board University will admit learners to the full THRIVE learning path within one week, pending space availability. If the learning path has reached capacity, we will email you with links to additional resources until capacity opens up.

In-person seminar

Out of concern for the health and safety of our participants and presenters, all THRIVE seminars are canceled through the end of 2021. We will revisit in-person seminars in 2022.