Host: Mike Rodis, Consultant (former SVP, HR, Sunrise), Arena
Zoom Room 1
The workforce is aging, and according to a study conducted for AARP by Aon Hewitt, the number of Americans over 50 who are working or looking for work has grown significantly. What are the advantages of hiring older workers? Harvard Business Review has conducted studies with Deloitte that show age-diverse teams feel more psychological safety and are more innovative than teams that are age-biased. In fact, companies like Boeing and Walgreens actively invite older workers to come back after retirement, through specific programs branded as “returnships.” This panel of senior living HR leaders will explore the benefits of reaching the older workforce and highlight successful strategies for retaining them.
Cal Halvorsen, Ph.D., MSW, Assistant Professor and Faculty Associate, Boston College School of Social Work and the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College
Judy Whitcomb SPHR SHRM-SCP, SVP Human Resources Learning and Organizational Development, Vi Living
Mindy E. Feldbaum, VP, Workforce Programs, AARP Foundation
To meet the current and future workforce needs of senior living communities, our industry must recruit 1.4 million new professionals into our ranks. One way to accelerate this process is through K-12 school partnerships and getting involved with community colleges and universities to help them develop their elder care, gerontology, and senior living management programs. How do you know you have succeeded? Students will tell you. This session will celebrate successful educational programs and partnerships, and provide you with insights from your future workforce on how to position our industry as a career destination.
Lydia J. Terjeson, Executive Associate, Touchmark at Fairway Village (Cobb Institute Alumna)
Todd Schmiedeler , Ph.D., Chief Engagement and Innovations Officer, Trilogy Health Services
Nancy Swanger, Ph.D, Founding Director, Granger Cobb Institute for Senior Living, Washington State University
Andrew Carle, Adjunct Faculty, Georgetown University
Our society is grappling with a legacy of discrimination and unequal opportunity. The Black Lives Matter movement has resonated within senior living providers, especially as our frontline workforce generally includes a high percentage of immigrants and people of color. Many owners and operators have seized the moment to hold listening sessions, explore biases, and examine diversity and inclusion at every level of their organizations.
COVID-19 has brought even greater poignancy to this topic, with a sudden focus on flexible schedules, access to transportation and childcare, leave policies, safe working environments, and more. This is a watershed moment in our history and our industry.
Argentum convenes a panel of thought leaders to talk about this national awakening and what it means for our industry, now and for the future. Embracing the priorities of equity and inclusion will make us stronger.
George Brooks, Global Deputy, People Advisory Services, EY
Deke Cateau, Chief Executive Officer, A.G. Rhodes
Karyne Jones, President and CEO, The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. and Chair Elect of the American Society on Aging
Mark Woodka, CEO, OnShift
Ovell Barbee, MLR/HR, SVP Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer, Spectrum Health