Keynotes

Keynotes

INSPIRE KEYNOTE | MONDAY, OCTOBER 17
EMBRACING FAILURE

“When we live afraid to fail, we don’t take risks. We don’t bring our entire selves to the table—so we end up failing before we even begin.” -Abby Wambach 

ABBY WAMBACH is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA World Cup Champion, and the highest all-time international goal scorer for male and female soccer players. An activist for equality and inclusion, Abby challenges others to make failure your fuel, lead from the bench, champion each other, and demand the ball.

She is co-founder of WOLFPACK Endeavor, a training program revolutionizing leadership development for women in the workplace and beyond.  Through her fresh, highly personalized approach of identifying each team member as a leader with untapped skills and power that -- unleashed -- contribute limitless value to the collective group.

She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game, based on her inspiring, viral commencement speech to Barnard College.

At this session, LeadingAge will be presenting the Award of Honor to James Bernardo, President/CEO, Presbyterian Sr. Living.

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VISION KEYNOTE | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18
BUILDING EMPATHY

"Bring people together, and they'll awaken to their common humanity." -Jamil Zaki

JAMIL ZAKI is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab. His research examines social cognition and behavior, especially how people connect with, respond to, and care for each other.

Dr. Zaki is an expert in empathy as a practice—something that anyone can build up and get better at over time. His work has proven that whether we are dealing with business, politics, or personal matters becoming more empathetic creates a more compassionate work culture, enhances our creativity, and bridges differences in a divided world. 

In his groundbreaking book, The War For Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World, he also tells the stories of people who understand and respond to each other’s emotions, fighting for kindness in the most difficult of circumstances.

At this session, LeadingAge will be presenting the Joan Anne McHugh Award to Andrea MacDonald, RN, BSN, Clinical Operations Manager, Nascentia Health Home Aides and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Award to Rhonda Breland-Gil, Grants Manager, Wesley Woods Senior Living.

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