As a first time attendee, it was an amazing feeling to be surrounded by people who share a similar passions. From the speakers to the person sitting next to you at lunch, the amount of openness and desire to learn from others in astounding.
Steeped in religious, generational, gender and cultural diversity, aging services providers strive to create communities that celebrate differences as well as promote and protect what makes each individual unique. With curiosity and diligence, we must not only stay alert to inequalities, but remain attentive to the needs of every human spirit. Only then, can we imagine a world in which everyone is loved, heard, cared for and the essential good in each one of us is manifested.
Archbishop Tutu is a world-renowned human rights activist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Nobel Peace Prize. Widely described as “South Africa’s moral conscience,” Tutu has worked tirelessly to promote conflict resolution, end racial divisions and restore social justice to marginalized people. He is also chairman of The Elders, a nonpartisan group of global statesmen who work together to spread peace, justice and democracy throughout the world. Special thanks to 2012 LeadingAge Partner Sodexo Senior Living.