AAU Academy Personal Advancement Course

Design Your Longer Life

Five steps to building the life that you want.   

30 Years of Education
Track Personal Advancement
Instructor Tomáš Klvaňa
Date - - -
Format Two-day workshop
Delivery Online
Price 3,900 CZK
Language English

Course Description

Due to advances in medicine, nutrition, physical fitness and brain science, we live longer and healthier lives. Our world has been transformed by technology. Yet our framework for life still clings to the outdated 3-stage process (education/work/retirement).  

Based on London Business School’s Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott’s research, as well as that of other researchers in neuroscience and developmental psychology, the course offers a blueprint for a smarter work/life design. It will show you how to design life that is exciting, productive and multi-stage.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how the longevity dividend and technology impact productive life in our century
  • Use practical understanding of the latest trends to guide participants in designing their smart life designs for longevity and productivity 
  •  Prepare participants for the changes to come to enable them to be in the driver seats of their lives rather than being passive observers


The workshop combines lecture sessions, discussions, model exercises and tests.  It uses methods of design-thinking, and a combination of in-class learning, with interaction between participants and the instructor, with work on a modern online platform which supplements classes and enables cooperation between individuals and teams. 

Schedule and Course Content

Session 1 Content (1.5 hrs)

  • 100-year life
  • Demographic changes and I 
  • Longevity and technology
  • Focused discussion

Session 1 Content (1.5 hrs)

  • The basics of design thinking 
  • Longevity and brain
  • Multi-stage life
  • Changes to work (the portfolio theory)
  • Quiz
  • The basics of design thinking 
  • Longevity and brain
  • Multi-stage life
  • Changes to work (the portfolio theory)
  • Quiz


Handouts will be shared at the start of class.

Your Instructor

Tomas Klvana, Ph.D, M.A.
AAU Academy Instructor, Executive and Personal Advancement Courses
Senior International Management Consultant

Dr. Klvaňa was a Shorenstein Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University (2003). In 2012 he received the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Dr. Klvaňa served as the Press Spokesperson and Policy Adviser for President of the Czech Republic, Special Government Envoy for Communications of the Missile Defense Program, and between 2005 and 2010 he worked in various CSR and Regulatory Management functions with British American Tobacco in London, Hamburg, Prague and Brussels. He is also a co-founder of the Aspen Institute Prague. He holds a Ph. D. from the University of Minnesota in the U.S. (1997) and an M. A. from Charles University in the Czech Republic. Currently, he is a senior international management consultant and a leadership coach, and an instructor at the AAU Academy. He is a co-founder and managing partner of a Singapore-based start-up, Extend My Runway.

See what our students have to say

We do almost all of our projects in small international teams, and we work together like we would in a business company and synergize our different ideas. There's flexibilities to meet with teachers outside of class, and ask them questions, not just specifically things we learn in the class.

Ann Connolly
Business Administration, United States of America

AAU makes networking incredibly easy to do. I was able to participate in various events that don't necessarily connect to my coursework like conferences, literature festivals, debates, lectures, etc. When I was President of the Diplomatic Club, AAU helped me get in touch with event-organizers, which, for example, allowed us to host an event during the Festival of Democracy organized by the famous Forum 2000 conference.

Anastasia Mezenina
Business Administration, Russian Federation

Meet the people

Dana Aleksic, MPP

External Outreach Manager / Alumni Relations dana.aleksic@aauni.edu

Eva Rivera, Ph.D.

Vice-President for Institutional Advancement eva.rivera@aauni.edu
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