2016 Annual Meeting Highlights

Another Annual Meeting has come and gone! We hosted more than 6,500 attendees in the great city of Indianapolis. Our theme was "Be the Difference."

Also, in line with LeadingAge’s new vision, “an America freed from ageism,” discussing the impact of and solutions for ageism was a prevalent topic at this year’s meeting. Attendees shared great insights and experiences on how ageism has impacted their work, communities and lives.

Social Media

Screens throughout the conference streamed TwitterInstagram and Facebook, engaging attendees in conversations and photos. You can check out their posts/experiences by searching #LeadingAge16 in any of the platforms.

Here are some of the highlights from Indianapolis.

Education Program and Attendee Registration Fees

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.
View attendee registration fees from the 2016 Indianapolis Annual Meeting program.

In addition, a wealth of information was shared by our over 500 speakers, representing more than 300 organizations around the world! Session presentation materials (if provided by speakers) can be accessed through ldng.ag/am16app from any browser or the mobile app. On the navigation bar, click on Sessions, go to the session title and click on the PDF presentation file (under the 'documents' header). If there is not a file listed, you may contact speakers directly (click on the speaker name listed under the session description and the e-mail will appear underneath). Presentation materials will be accessible through September 2017.

Leadership Academy

The 2016 Leadership Academy Fellows marked the end of the program year by presenting their Action Learning Projects at an inspiring event. As they concluded their program year, a new group of Fellows began their own leadership journey during the Annual Meeting.

General Sessions

We had 3 exceptional speakers at this year's meeting:

  • Sunday - Charles Duhigg discussed the science of productivity.
  • Monday - Angela Duckworth talked about how a gritty mindset can lead to success.
  • Tuesday - Dr. Sanjay Gupta shared his medical thoughts on longevity and its relation to how to better help older adults.

LeadingAge Experience

  • Our interactive "Tackling Ageism" exhibit was installed on Georgia Ave. for the week and was a star attraction at the Sunday Colts game tailgate. Passersby colored on the giant coloring mural of two football players composed of positive aging images and words, and signed a pledge to fight ageism in their communities.
  • 3 additional pods with different aging experience angles were located inside the EXPO.


Our EXPO was bigger and better than ever with more than 500 exhibitors. This year's EXPO included:

  • Gasoline Alley: Members stopped for a cold beer and to chat with some friendly faces. Sponsored by LeadingAge Gold Partner CliftonLarsonAllen.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • LGBT Campground: This dynamic 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.
  • Startup Garage: Startups are driving innovation and adoption in all fields, including aging services. New this year, we created a dedicated area in the EXPO for startups, with a goal of bringing innovative emerging ideas to the mainstream.


  • Attendees had the opportunity to take spooky photos with Halloween makeup at the Head Shot Studio.
  • EXPO exhibitors participated in ‘Meet and Treat’ so attendees could bring home a goody bag for their loved ones.
  • For the first time ever, we held a Halloween Facebook photo contest. We received 120+ entries of cute pets, kids, members and residents in costume, and awarded the winner a brand new Xbox one. Check out all the entries. Congratulations to Judy Bishop Pierce for winning the #LeadingAge16 Halloween Costume Contest!


  • Volunteers met to assemble wheelchairs for those in need on Sunday morning at the Be the Difference Service Project. Powered by 2016 LeadingAge Silver Partner Philips.
  • Over 100 people got up early to run, squat, and stretch as a part of the Energize Your Morning activities. Powered by 2016 LeadingAge Silver Partner Aegis Therapies.
  • Hebrew Home at Riverdale recreated an authentic basketball court to demonstrate how sports can be used as a tool to connect with residents, particularly those who struggle with dementia. Attendees shot some hoops and won basketball memorabilia at the Slam Dunk contest.
  • Members participated in the daily Wellness Challenge for a chance to win an exercise bike desk using the meeting app. Powered by 2016 LeadingAge Silver Partner Select Rehabilitation.
  • Members participated in 3 BKD Lounge Chats: By the Numbers, Harnessing Payment Reform, and Foiling the Fraudsters.

For those not able to attend, you don't need to miss out on all the fun! Search #LeadingAge16 on your favorite social media to see additional highlights.