SOAR – Seek Observe Act Renew


“If you talk of 50 years of working life… you have to reinvent yourself. You have to make something different out of yourself, rather than just find a new supply of energy.” – Peter Drucker

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The SOAR Program will be offered Fall 2024 with the on-campus experience September 20-22, 2024, combined with online sessions before and after the intensive workshops. You will be energized for an exciting 2025. Please inquire with questions at soar@cgu.edu

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Live, Learn, and Create Like Peter Drucker

In 1971, after spending 28 years in American academia, Peter Drucker came to Claremont Graduate University. By this time, Drucker had already led several different lives: first fleeing the Nazis in Germany due to his critical journalism, then working in London as a bank economist, and finally residing in New York and Vermont where he held professorships in philosophy, politics, and management. Despite his numerous accomplishments, it was only after arriving at CGU that he embarked on his most productive phase. It was during this period that he produced the majority of his prolific writing and founded the school that now bears his name.

What Drucker discovered at CGU — the freedom to explore both new and established interests and the opportunity to develop ideas that would revolutionize business and society in the 21st Century — is what SOAR now offers to successful people seeking their next journey. With a foundation firmly rooted in both the liberal arts and business, CGU and the Drucker School of Management offer SOAR fellows the chance to embark on a new chapter of their lives, emphasizing personal development, societal impact, and transformative education. If you, like Peter Drucker, envision the most productive years of your life still ahead, SOAR can help you connect with your purpose and start afresh.

What Comes After Success?

With significant emphasis on “making it” in their career, many accomplished people experience a sense of loss following their achievements, accompanied by a lack of direction in navigating their future. Through SOAR, you will discover new pathways to meaning, community, and purpose within the unique learning environment of Claremont Graduate University, an institution focused solely on graduate-level education:

Personal development + education + community of learners = the path to reinvention

At Claremont Graduate University, we firmly believe in the power of thoughtful transition. When your career trajectory shifts or comes to an end, and you’re seeking a new journey to embark on, it’s time to join the path to personal revitalization. SOAR provides fellows with the opportunity to Seek, Observe, Act, and Renew, empowering them to make creative decisions about the next steps in their lives.

Together with your SOAR peers, you will experience the energizing effects of interpersonal exchanges. With a built-in community of individuals, you’ll feel the camaraderie that comes from exploring new interests and learning from world class professors and lecturers in a safe environment to think, consider, be vulnerable, and feel supported.

Societal Impact

The SOAR program enables people to connect themselves and their journey to the complex challenges facing our world. Participants will engage in activities that allow them to explore their passions, learn about critical challenges facing the world, have an immediate impact, and begin to craft what they want to do next. Our collective interest in Societal Impact will be supported by the SOAR curriculum as well as speakers and general networking opportunities.

Time Commitment

The SOAR Program is three sessions covering all described material. Online meetings are held before and after the core three-day session is held at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. The annual sequence is Course 1 in Fall, Course 2 in Spring, and Course 3, a capstone experience, occurring annually. There is excellent value in each Course independently and the highest value in the entire three session program.

SOAR Course 1 will be offered Fall 2024:

Session 1 Online August 29 – Thursday evening
Session 2-7 On campus September 20, 21, 22 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Session 8 Online September 27 – Friday evening
Session 9 Online October 10 – Thursday evening
Session 10 Online October 24 – Thursday evening

Program At-a-glance

  • Certificate

    degree awarded

  • Hybrid


  • Fall

    program start

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Michael Mirabella

Director of Recruitment for the Drucker School of Management



  • Portrait of Katharina Pick

    Katharina Pick

    Clinical Associate Professor

    Research Interests

    Organizational behavior, Teams, Organizational theory, Leadership, Corporate governance, Power and influence

  • Portrait of Patricia Easton

    Patricia Easton

    Professor of Humanities

    Research Interests

    Philosophy, History of modern philosophy, Philosophy of mind, History of science

  • Portrait of Lori Anne Ferrell

    Lori Anne Ferrell

    Dean, School of Arts & Humanities
    Director, Early Modern Studies Program
    Director, Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards

    Research Interests

    English Renaissance and Reformation Literature; Early Modern British and European History; Reformation Studies, Protestantism, the Bible and English-language Culture; the Bible in America; William Shakespeare

  • Portrait of Joshua Goode

    Joshua Goode

    Professor of Cultural Studies and History
    Chair, Cultural Studies Department

    Research Interests

    Modern Spain, 19th- and 20th-century Europe, Genocide and racial thought, Museums and commemoration, Memory

  • Portrait of Jeremy Hunter

    Jeremy Hunter

    Associate Professor of Practice
    Founding Director, Executive Mind Leadership Institute

    Research Interests

    Mindfulness, Self-management, Executive mind

  • Kristine Kawamura

    Kristine Kawamura

    Clinical Professor of Management

    Research Interests

    Responsible management, Care (as a strategic resource), Values-based management systems, Leadership, Organizational strategy and culture, Cross cultural competence, Human performance and resilience

  • Portrait of JEanne Nakamura

    Jeanne Nakamura

    Associate Professor
    Director, Quality of Life Research Center

    Research Interests

    Engagement, Mentoring, Positive Aging

  • David Sprott

    David Sprott

    Henry Y. Hwang Dean, Drucker School of Management
    Professor of Marketing

    Research Interests

    Retailing, branding, influence strategies, marketing public policy

  • Hideki Yamawaki

    Hideki Yamawaki

    Ito Chair of International Business and Professor of Management

    Research Interests

    Design Thinking, Competitive Strategy, International Business, International Trade, and Foreign Direct Investment


The SOAR curriculum has been created by expert professors in the Drucker School of Management, the School of Arts and Humanities, and the School of Social Science to meet the needs of successful people transitioning in their careers. SOAR offers thoughtful perspectives across a variety of disciplines, with curriculum built around reflection, life design, self-development, and purpose.

  • Museum of Me explores how museums tell stories as an entry point to tell your own story. You will reflect on your own personal narrative and then, like a curator, tell that story through objects in a way that considers how the audience will interpret you. We will ask you to delve into what stories you have told in the past, what you believe, what you have accomplished, what story you want to tell now, and what story you might want to tell in the future.
  • Great Questions uses books, texts, and poems to engage with some of the timeless questions that shape the human journey: What is truth? How do you know it? What is forgiveness? What is loss? What is joy? What is wonder? What does it mean to be a person? What is a life well-lived?
  • Transitions uncovers the predictable emotions and challenges of change. You will consider your own relationship with change and learn the tools and mindsets to navigate any transition with awareness, patience, positivity, and intention. This course helps you to integrate your life up until this point and prepare to move forward into your next phase.
  • Purpose and Impact helps you cultivate your own sense of purpose — finding the intersection between what you care about, what you are good at, and what the world needs – and ultimately define what you want your next contribution to be.
  • Design Your Life brings you into the present moment to create awareness of what drives you and what gives you energy. With this foundation, you will apply design thinking tools and approaches as you generate and experiment with different ideas for what you want to grow into next.

For a SOAR podcast and video, see
Reinventing Yourself In Retirement With Steve Tarr
(please note the dates, below, have been updated)

Application Guidelines

Requirements Summary

Item Description
Statement of Purpose Yes
Resume Yes

SOAR Program Admission Guidelines

The admission process for the SOAR Program will focus on admitting qualified individual fellows who will gain from the program, while also building a cohort of diverse fellows who will learn and benefit from each other. The SOAR Program seeks the following:

  • A diverse cohort of up to 25 fellows who have many years of experience in their respective fields, and represent a variety of industries, professions, and personal backgrounds.
  • Fellows who are curious, driven to cultivate their sense of purpose, and eager to consider new pathways and opportunities.
  • Fellows who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with their cohort and other students in a campus environment.
  • Fellows who are interested in navigating life change, and in challenging themselves personally and intellectually.
  • Fellows who have the desire to impact the world in a positive way.

Application Process

Applicants to the SOAR program must complete an online application to Claremont Graduate University and provide the following supplemental materials:

  • Application Statement (max 1000 words) of your:
    • Interests in SOAR
    • Personal objectives from SOAR
    • Ideas about your future
  • Resume/CV

The online application will collect demographic information to create your student record with Claremont Graduate University, and to help us better serve our fellows and measure the effectiveness of our efforts.

Please feel free to contact our office at SOAR@cgu.edu with any questions regarding our admissions criteria or process.

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Cost & Aid

Program Fee

On or before June 15, 2024, the early bird fee is $3995. After June 16, the fee is $4995. Sign up immediately using the Registration link. A $500 referral credit to you is available by referring another person who applies, is accepted, and completes the Course. An additional $500 per Course discount is available for participants who commit to all three Courses in advance.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements for the on-campus events.

Please inquire for more details by completing the form at the bottom of this page.

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