Conversations with Katie

A monthly conversation with LeadingAge president and CEO Katie Smith Sloan.

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Age is not a Differentiator

Pagan Kennedy, author of "Inventology: How we dream up things that change the world," wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times recently. In it, she asserted that "we assume that creativity and innovation belong to the young. We're wrong." She went on to report about the number of patents in information technology, materials ...

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  1. Act Now for Affordable Housing

    Imagine 3,500 people in a line that snakes around an affordable housing apartment building in downtown Manhattan having heard the announcement that the building is opening up its waiting list. Of the 3,500 individuals desperate for an affordable place to live, 200 will be placed on the waiting list and only 50 will ultimately ...

  2. Echo Our Voices on Capitol Hill

    The policy challenges confronting LeadingAge members in a new Administration are daunting. It is truly a new day in Washington and we must re-frame our advocacy messages to reflect this new reality. We have listened to our members and state partners about their concerns and we are focusing on 3 primary issues: Preserving ...

  3. Courage and Wisdom

    This past weekend, I took a long walk through American history. It started near the Marine Corps Barracks where a flag with but 15 stars has flown since 1801. The stars signified the number of states that existed when Thomas Jefferson took his oath of office. My path then took me past the United ...

  4. Speaking in Surround Sound

    We are navigating tailwinds, headwinds, and crosswinds simultaneously. On the one hand, there has never been a more challenging time to be in aging services. On the other, opportunities abound in a society that is rapidly aging. As we approach the New Year, we are warming our voices and fine tuning our pitch to make ...

  5. Building the New

    Last week, I spent 5 days in Indianapolis for the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and EXPO with more than 6,500 members, partners, sponsors, and friends. It was another tremendous event where aging services professionals from all corners of the country - and world - came together to celebrate the journey that unites us all: aging. ...