Event sponsors

Retirement in Transition: Work, Relax or Reboot? is made possible through generous support from sponsoring organizations across Southeast Michigan and the United States interested in addressing the complex issues facing baby-boomers and aging workers in today’s workforce as they navigate the changing landscape for retirement. For information about sponship opportunities, please contact Michael Hicks at michael.hicks@wayne.edu.

Title sponsor

The Eugene Applebaum Chair in Community Engagement was created through the generosity of alumnus Eugene Applebaum, founding chair of the Wayne State University Foundation. The chair is a catalyst for cooperation between the university and community organizations on issues in business and economic development, education, health, international outreach and other areas. The holder of the chair pursues and directs interdisciplinary research in areas of interest to the community as a whole. Through the chair and FOCIS the university partners with organizations working to develop future leadership for the nation’s cities.

Platinum sponsor



The AAUP-AFT Local 6075 is jointly affiliated with the American Association of University Professors and the American Federation of Teachers. The AAUP-AFT Local 6075 protects and furthers the interests of Wayne State University faculty and academic staff by negotiating improvements in wages, benefits and working conditions; protecting members from arbitrary and discriminatory actions; ensuring leaves, sabbaticals, and  professional development; engaging in legislative and political action to ensure Wayne State is adequately funded; and seeking to enhance and preserve the quality of the University, while finding local solutions to community challenges.

Gold sponsor

TIAA-CREF is a leading financial services organization with $453 billion in combined assets under management (as of 12/31/10). The firm is a leader in helping those in the academic, medical, cultural, governmental and research fields plan for and live in retirement. Today, financial security is an urgent national concern, and individuals and institutions looking for a trusted partner increasingly rely on TIAA-CREF for a unique combination of advantages: long-term investment performance, an insurance company affiliate with top-rated financial strength, prudent risk management, diversified investment options, personalized, objective advice, and guaranteed lifetime income — all at some of the most competitive fees in the industry.

Bronze sponsor  
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people age 50 and over have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole, ways that help people 50 and over improve their lives. Since 1958, AARP has been leading a revolution in the way people view and live life. The organization believes strongly in the principles of collective purpose, collective voice and the collective power of the 50 and over population to change the market based on their needs. AARP's work reaches deep into members' communities through support from staffed offices in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Program partners  
American Society of Employers