The McKnight’s Women of Distinction program will return for its third year this May 18 and 19.

The first day, May 18, the program will honor a Lifetime Achievement Award winner, 19 Hall of Honor inductees, 15 Veteran VIPs and 17 Rising Stars. Holding the awards are McKnight’s Home Care’s sister brands, McKnight’s Senior Living and McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.

The second day, May 19, McKnight’s will offer three live webinars during which attendees will have the opportunity to earn up to three continuing education credits. These sessions will be tailored to a broad audience; everyone is welcome to attend, and there is no charge.

During the first session, “Addressing pandemic challenges with success,” 11 a.m. to noon ET, industry leaders in senior living and skilled nursing will detail how their organizations have met COVID-19-related challenges and also will share the best practices they’ve uncovered.
Speaking will be Covenant Living Communities and Services CEO Terri Cunliffe, Hebrew Home at Riverdale COO David Pomeranz, Life Plan Communities SVP/Senior Director Allison Pendroy, and Goodman Group VP Kim Te Brugge. Cunliffe and Te Brugge are 2021 McKnight’s Women of Distinction award winners.

The second session, “Finding success in increasing diversity and inclusion,” will be from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. ET and will offer a first-hand look at diversity and inclusion efforts at four organizations. Speaking will be Christian Living Communities President and CEO Jill-Vitale Aussem, CEO Brookdale Senior Living President and CEO Lucinda “Cindy” Baier, A.G. Rhodes CEO Deke Cateau, and Eclipse Senior Living CEO Kai Hsiao. Baier is a 2020 McKnight’s Women of Distinction honoree.

The third session, “Secrets to career success,” will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. ET and will feature six 2021 McKnight’s Women of Distinction speaking about mentoring, networking, developing assertiveness, career advancement, leadership succession planning, and establishing organizational culture, among other topics. Sharing their wisdom will be PruittHealth Chief Strategy Officer Mary Ousley, Allure Group COO Melissa Powell, Green House Project Senior Director Susan Ryan, LeadingAge SVP of Research Robyn Stone, DrPH, Belmont Village Senior Living founder and CEO Patricia Will and Birmingham Green CEO Denise Chadwick Wright.

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The McKnight’s Women of Distinction program is jointly administered by McKnight’s Senior Living and McKnight’s Long-Term Care News. The program’s Diamond sponsor is PointClickCare, and the Roundtable Sponsor is Paycor.