Year of Discovery for Leadership Academy Fellows Features Retired Executive Panel

The 2018 class of Leadership Academy fellows recently met for a session on Inspiring and Motivating Others at Trillium Woods in Plymouth. This is the third of four sessions in the year-long leadership development program. 

Thirty-seven professionals comprise the class of fellows, representing a diverse mix of service organizations, size, and professional roles in older adult services. 

Two Leaders in Residence events were held at this session, a regular feature of Leadership Academy. 

Barbara Klick, CEO of Sholom, shared her journey in health care leadership and her return to older adult services in 2016. She spoke of honesty, vulnerability, and the importance of aligning one’s head, heart and hands with their chosen profession. She left the class with the wisdom to put yourself first on occasion; to get a mentor and to be a mentor; and to build a team with people who will complement your skills and perspectives. 

Our time at Trillium Woods, a life plan community, afforded an opportunity to assemble a panel of retired executives for a unique Leaders in Residence event. Three residents of the community participated in a panel discussion to reflect on careers in leadership, life lessons learned and the aging experience. 

Participating leaders were Marcia Copeland, retired General Mills executive and director of the Betty Crocker Kitchens; Jim Ervin, retired attorney in private practice; and Rich Sachse, retired corporate executive and recipient of LeadingAge Minnesota’s 2018 Spirit of Aging Award. The stories, lessons and guidance shared were abundant from this group. On the topic of aging and living in a community setting, when asked how they would like to live they simply replied, “Life continues long after retirement so involve us… Ask us.” 

Both Leaders in Residence sessions received rousing, standing ovations from the leadership fellows. 

The 2018 Class concludes its year of leadership development at a final session in January, followed by graduation at the 2019 Institute on Feb. 7. 

The 2019 Leadership Academy dates will be announced soon, and applications will be available Jan. 1.

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