On August 30, 2018, these thought-provoking leaders gathered in Chicago for the first-ever Talent Innovation Summit!

By Steve Moran

It was a really scary thing and I found myself trapped . . . not the right word exactly, maybe caught in this vortex of happenings where it felt like I had no business being and it was all Denise Boudreau-Scott’s fault. I am pretty sure she would have told you the same thing, except she would have blamed it all on me.

“I go to lots of conferences where people talk about doing things and nothing ever changes. You guys are making things really happen.”    
– A Talent Innovation Summit Attendee

On August 30, 2018, the below list of forward-thinking leaders gathered in Chicago for the first-ever Talent Innovation Summit that included sponsorship by Eldermark and OnShift. We gathered for a day of deep, impactful, fun and inspiring conversation on how to make each attendee’s senior living organization the best place to work. And not the best just within the senior living ecosystem, but in the whole ecosystem of all possible jobs!

Most importantly, we talked about how all of us together could improve the image of working in senior living. Our mantra for the day was, “We all rise together!”

Sue

Bartley

Century Park Associates

Scott

Buchanan

Ohio Masonic Home

Molly

Burmester

ABCM Corporation

Paul

Ciccero

OnShift

Ray

Dickison

Christian Horizons

Lisa

Fordyce

OnShift

Jenny

Gall

Legacy Retirement Communities

Kelly

Gerst

Sunrise Senior Living

Cindy

Greenfield

Cascade Group

Michaela

Halvorson

Legacy Retirement Communities

Mickie

Hart

Senior Star

Tina

Johannessen

Covenant Retirement

Rex

Jones

12 Oaks Senior Living

Dawn

Kellerman

Parker

Dylan

Kessler

Primrose Retirement, LLC

Christine

King

United Methodist Communities

Mary

Kohlasch

Moorings Park

Ashley

Lore

MBK Senior Living

Maryann

Maikisch

United Methodist Communities

Jennifer

Mayhugh

Mayhugh and Associates

Alexa

Mayner

ABCM Corporation

Jason

McCloud

Sage Age Strategies

Kevin

McKay

Tockwotton on the Waterfront

Kent

Mulkey

Senior Housing Forum

Claudia

Norton

Cascade Group

Kim

Peil

GenCare Inc.

Scott

Peters

Randall Residence

Mike

Rambarose

Whitney Center

Christopher

Randall

Randall Residence

Timothy

Reilly

Benchmark Senior Living

Natalie

Ross

Milestone Retirement

Kristine

Russo

United Methodist Communities

Scott

Shaw

Canton Nursing and Rehab

Arleen

Smith

Drive

Tanya

Ulrich

Presbyterian Senior Care Network

Vicki

White

Brightview Senior Living

The Format

It was a format like you have never seen before. There were no presentations, no panels, and no PowerPoints. Instead, we randomly asked participants to sit at tables of five leaders each, and then each table shared insights with the larger group.  

Senior Living Inferiority Complex

Don’t get me wrong, I believe we can learn from those outside the senior living industry, but I am baffled by how we have come to believe we don’t have most of the answers to our staffing issues because we do! The problem is that we have not traditionally had the chance to share the answers with each other in a meaningful and productive way. As one attendee shared, “I wish every organization had this opportunity. The Summit offered continued ideas/insights from companies that truly are changing culture vs. just complaining or talking about it.”

Work Product

As a senior living professional there are hundreds of conference options each year. So many in fact that it would be physically impossible to attend them all, even if you did nothing else. Every one of them has valuable content and even more valuable networking opportunities. But I am less than 100% convinced they are providing the right kind of deep dive actionable learning that will transform our field and individual communities and organizations.  

What came out of this one day of intense hard work were real actionable ideas that each of these leaders can, and will, put into practice immediately.   

Future Events

Denise and I are actively working on creating additional opportunities for great professionals to gather. These opportunities include at least 3, one-day events in 2019 and, if you are looking to go “all in” on culture in 2019, we are just getting ready to open up enrollment for the Class of 2019, Culture 2100! We would love to tell you more about it. Just shoot an email to info@culture2100.com with the subject of: Tell Me More.

Two things you need to know…

  1. It is a big investment

  2. It will be worth it 10 or a 100 times over.