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More than 7,000 people joined us for last week's Annual Meeting and Expo in Dallas. Next year, we will be in Nashville, TN.
Here are the highlights from this year's meeting:
Education Sessions. Our more than 200 education sessions are the heart of the conference and the primary reason members attend. This year's Deep Dive sessions on leadership and home health and hospice, as well as our governance sessions were particularly popular with attendees.
Leadership Academy. Our 2013 Leadership Academy class marked the end of its year of learning with a new featured called Spark, in which they presented their Action Learning Projects. Stay tuned for videos of these remarkable presentations. Our 2014 class met for the first time in Dallas and is looking forward to a full year of learning and self-examination.
Keynote Speakers. Our 3 keynote speakers illuminated our theme of "Expanding the Possibilities." Aimee Mullins highlighted how we can find opportunity in adversity. Dan Pallotta encouraged not-for-profits to think big and not be afraid to invest resources to achieve important goals. Dan Buettner highlighted communities that have documented longevity and discussed how longevity is something to strive for.
Annual Awards. We take great pride in recognizing individuals and organizations that are expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Our award winners combine leadership, creativity and commitment to make great strides in the field. You can see a full list of all the Annual Awards winners in LeadingAge magazine or by heading over to our YouTube channel.
Leadership Speeches. Our YouTube channel already has speeches from outgoing chair Audrey Weiner, incoming chair David Gehm and CEO Larry Minnix.
Weiner reflected on her 2-year term and offered learnings from the many members that she met during her time as chair.
Gehm shared his thoughts on what it means to be a nonprofit organization, and the vital role that our members play in their communities around the country. He posed some important questions for us to ask ourselves as we consider our role in these times:
Minnix explored to the conference theme of "Expanding the Possibilities" and offered his ingredients that members need to achieve this mission.
Other Presentations. Our YouTube channel also has all 3 acts of Love Letters: The Caregiving Version, which follows a family through its caregiving journey, and LeadXP, our version of TED Talks.
Social Media. We received some great photos on Instagram, tweets on Twitter, and posts on Facebook.
First Annual LeadingAge HackFest. Congratulations to this year's HackFest winning team, Global Engage. They took home a $5,000 check for their Engage Platform, which allows retirement communities to offer their activities online so that home-bound elderly can participate. Many thanks to Ziegler for sponsoring the event and to CAST, It's Never 2 Late, the University of North Texas, and the Asbury Group, for their support.
Ignite. Our exhibit hall offered more than 30 talks through Ignite LeadingAge. You may remember it from last year — a fast-paced event featuring speakers who are given 20 slides that advance every 15 seconds to talk on a topic of their choosing. The recordings of each presentation are located here.