Conversations with Katie

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

Recent Activity

Tell Congress to Protect Older Adults in Tax Bill

LeadingAge staff and many of our members are back to work this week after an inspiring—if not tiring—LeadingAge Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Our time together was filled with learning about the issues and trends in our field that impact our daily lives, exchanging ideas, and sharing a lot of laughs as we connected with friends ...

Read More
  1. Workforce: It's a Numbers Issue

    This theme calls on us to think about what it means to grow old in America today. I believe it also calls on us – as providers, consumers, employers, and advocates – to consider our role in ensuring a meaningful life for those in their later years. One of the biggest challenges we face in achieving the objective ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...