The Retirement Black Hole: An Astronaut’s Journey to Finding Purpose After Retirement


Embark on an interstellar journey with us as we explore the uncharted territory of "retirement". We'll discuss what "retirement" means, the non-financial decisions to make and how to find purpose outside of a career or job title.

With special guest speaker: Greg "Box" Johnson, Lockheed Martin Test Pilot and former Space Shuttle Astronaut.

Just like an astronaut in space, navigating retirement can be filled with uncertainty, surprises, and moments of awe. Greg's talk will equip you with the non-financial tools and insights to make this transition smooth, purposeful, and fulfilling.

Greg will share with us how to:

  • Lift-off into retirement uncertainty
  • Navigate the greatest retirement unknowns
  • Brace for the “shock” of life after retirement
  • Avoid getting lost in space
  • Find your North Star
  • Leave a stellar legacy


Advance Registration Required, Seating is Limited to 25 participants due to restaurant. $25.00 per participant, due at the restaurant (includes parking, main course meal, dessert and coffee / tea/ soda)

  Date and Time




  • Date: 08 Dec 2023
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
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  • 310 Houston St
  • Ft. Worth, Texas
  • United States 76102
  • Building: Reata Restaurant

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  • Starts 20 October 2023 12:29 PM
  • Ends 07 December 2023 12:29 PM
  • All times are (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
  • No Admission Charge


Greg "Box" Johnson Greg "Box" Johnson


The Retirement Black Hole


Greg "Box" Johnson is a former NASA astronaut and a retired colonel in the United States Air Force. Johnson is a veteran of two space flights, STS-123 and STS-134. He served as pilot on his first mission, which delivered the Kibo logistics module and the Dextre robot arm to the International Space Station.

Greg was also assigned as the pilot to the STS-134 mission, which launched on May 16, 2011, and landed on June 1, 2011.

Greg Johnson has also served in numerous roles for NASA including as a Capcom for several missions. Gregory H. Johnson (Colonel, USAF, Ret.) was the President and executive director for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) until March 10, 2018. He is now working with Lockheed Martin.


11:00 AM - Meet and Greet

11:30 AM - Lunch is Served

12:00 PM - Greg's Presentation and Q&A

1:00 PM - Close