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Pre-Retirement Planning Program (PRP)

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“Retirement can be scary because of the unknown. These sessions helped me realize what I can do to prepare, and took away many unknowns. Of course, it also makes me realize how much I still need to do, but at least I ‘know’ what I need to do!” -- Katherine Loyd, IST Applications Programmer, PRP participant Spring 2013

Planning to retire from full time work? Are you ready? Our Pre-Retirement Planning (PRP) program guides employees through six Friday afternoons (2:00 - 4:30 PM) of classes that cover everything from retirement benefits to work-life transitions.

Course Schedule

Seminars will take place on Friday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:30 PM, at Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center on the UC Berkeley campus.

February 20, 2015

Welcome and Introduction, Cary Sweeney, Director, UC Berkeley Retirement Center

Emotional Readiness for Retirement, Leslie C. Bell, Ph.D., LCSW, CEAP, Employee Assistance Counselor, Care Services for Faculty and Staff, University Health Services, Tang Center        

February 27, 2015

Maximizing Your UC Benefits in Retirement, UC Office of the President Retirement Administrative Services Center Representative

March 6, 2015

Fidelity Investments and Your Plan, Laura Crymble, Retirement Counselor, Personal and Workplace Investing, Fidelity Investments

Wellness in Retirement, Professor Emeritus John Swartzberg, MD, UCB School of Public Health

March 13, 2015

Housing Considerations & Aging in Place, Joanne Handy, President and CEO, Aging Services of California

Long Term Care Insurance, Janet Van Deusen, HICAP Manager, Legal Assistance for Seniors of Alameda County   

March 20, 2015

Called Back to Service at Cal and Employment Transitions Employment Program, Janet Suko, Benefits Manager, Human Resources and Linda Lundberg, Lead, Transition Services

Post Academic Employment, Angelica Stacy, Associate Vice Provost for the Faculty and Heather Archer, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Personnel

Retiree Panel, Retiree Staff and Faculty Panel, Yin and Yang of Retirement

April 3, 2015

Legal and Estate Planning Considerations, Sara R. Diamond, PhD, JD

What Social Security Can Do For You, Angellica Yi, Social Security Administration

Program Information

Who should attend?

PRP is optimal for UCB and LBNL faculty, academics and staff planning to retire in five years, but is valuable to anyone expecting to do so in the next one-to-five years. There is no hard-and-fast rule on when an employee should start thinking about retirement planning.  Most who have participated in PRP since its inception in 2002 have been 1-5 years from their retirement date.

How to Register

To register, please complete this online form:

If you are unable to make the current series and would like receive notification emails for future semesters, please email, subject line: "Add to PRP notify list."


As early as 1999, the Retirement Center recognized a need for a comprehensive program to assist  faculty, academics and staff from UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with the process of planning for their life after full time employment. The PRP program aims to help attendees plan and implement a successful strategy for their next chapter.

Traditionally, pre-retirement planning programs emphasized the employee benefits and personal financial factors affecting one's retirement planning. Our dynamic and collaborative PRP focuses not only on these important issues, but also addresses wellness, living arrangements, legal and estate planning concerns, and new or part-time employment.

With expert faculty, PRP has six discrete modules that complement and build upon each other; all modules are applicable to faculty, academics and staff. This program is free of charge to active faculty, academics and staff of UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


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