2015 Annual Meeting Highlights

Another Annual Meeting has come and gone! 2015 was our largest conference yet, with over 8,500 attendees! Our theme was "Be the Voice." Here are some of the highlights from Boston.

Social Media

Attendees of this year's meeting used TwitterInstagram, and Facebook to engage in conversations, ask questions, and share their photos. You can check out their posts/experiences via the #LeadingAge15 hashtag.

Education Program

A dedicated group of LeadingAge members reviewed close to 500 proposals to carefully select the sessions featured in the program this year. The Deep Dive Workshops focused on leadership, governance, and philanthropy topics—and our member site visits provided an opportunity to learn about the unique programming being offered at five Boston area communities.

In addition, a wealth of information was shared by our over 500 speakers, representing more than 300 organizations around the world! Their presentation materials are available online so you can now share the education content from the meeting with colleagues back home.

Innovation Symposium

The day-long interactive program, Fostering a Culture of Innovation, was designed to help LeadingAge members create and sustain a culture of innovation, one that is adept at taking risks, embracing change and experimenting with new ideas.

Leadership Academy

The 2015 Leadership Academy Fellows marked the end of the program year by presenting their Action Learning Projects at this inspiring event in Boston. As they concluded their program year, a new group of Fellows began their own leadership journey during the Annual Meeting.

General Sessions

We had four exceptional speakers at this year's meeting:

  • Sunday - Drs. Joseph Coughlin and Mark McClellan talked about the role of technology in aging services.
  • Monday - Dr. Atul Gawande spoke to the audience about the importance of planning to live, not planning to die.
  • Tuesday - Daniel Pink motivated the crowd with his discussion all about...motivation.

LeadingAge Experience

  • Our interactive “When I Grow Up” exhibit was installed on the Rose Kennedy Greenway for the week. Passersby could write on the wall what they wanted to be when they grew up, and engage in a giant game of chess or checkers.
  • Three additional pods with different aging experience angles were located inside the expo hall. Read more about these unique exhibits.

Expo Hall

Our expo hall was bigger and better than ever with more than 500 exhibitors in one giant exhibit hall. This year's expo included:

  • Idea Sharks: Based on the popular TV show, Shark Tank, members presented their innovative ideas to a panel of judges who would decide who had the best idea of the day. Sponsored by LeadingAge Silver Partner GlynnDevins.
  • HackFest Pavilion: We incorporated HackFest into the expo hall to give all of our members a chance to experience the event. At the pavilion, attendees had the opportunity to vote for a People's Choice award winner through our mobile app.
  • Head Shot Studio: This very popular booth was sponsored by LeadingAge Gold Partner PS Lifestyle. Attendees had a chance to get professional headshot photos taken at a special booth, complete with exclusive hair and makeup services. At times there were long lines of members waiting to "say cheese!" Sponsored by LeadingAge Gold Partner PS Lifestyle
  • Cheers Bar: Members stopped for a cold beer and chat with some friendly faces at our replica of the famous Boston Pub. Sponsored by LeadingAge Gold Partner CliftonLarsonAllen.
  • LGBT Campground: This dynamic new area provided an opportunity for members to learn more about the latest in creating communities and programs that help LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. The campground featured TED-like stages, conversations by campfire, and technology-infused poster sessions.

Larry’s Farewell Celebration

Members, exhibitors, and friends had the opportunity to send Larry off in style at the final general session with a poem, standing ovation, song, and a newly named “Larry Minnix Leadership Academy.” Many tears were shed as we wished him the best and welcomed our new leader, Katie Smith Sloan. Look at our Facebook page for pictures and videos of the tribute.