Conversations with Katie

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

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Living on the Edge

Sitting in Washington DC during a government shutdown is a bit surreal. The metro is near empty and traffic is thin. I walked by a coffee shop yesterday that had a sign out front that read: “free coffee for furloughed workers.” Other establishments are offering pizza or bagels. Empathy. We are, after all, a company town. We ...

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  1. Darkness Into Light

    David Von Drehle, journalist and author, wrote a column recently in which he said, “ I think we face two kinds of problems in this world: forever problems and right now problems. Forever problems are those persistent challenges, vast and complex, that humans confront but never solve. Consider the distribution of wealth ...

  2. We are Called LeadingAge for a Reason

    We need to lead. And lead we will… by answering these and other questions: How will our communities ...

  3. When Members Talk, We Listen

    Over the last year, our state partners have hosted Town Hall Conversations across the country to hear members talk about their pain points and ideas about future directions. The goal of these conversations is to gather input for our public policy priorities for the upcoming year. But the Town Halls serve another important purpose: ...

  4. Yesterday's Logic Won't Drive Success into the Future

    Peter Drucker, the management expert and author wrote, “The greatest danger in turbulent times is not the turbulence, but to act with yesterday’s logic.” Yesterday’s logic got us to where we are today but it won’t drive success into the future. We’ve moved beyond yesterday’s logic before—think long, double-loaded ...

  5. Bold, Disruptive Voices

    Demographics on the one hand and social justice on the other demand action. Therefore, at present, we are carrying out our plan by working with millennials and LeadingAge members. Carry the Conversation Millennials, like the boomers several generations before them, are change agents. They want to make a ...