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Attendees of the McKnight’s Women of Distinction Awards and Forum next week will have the opportunity to celebrate 52 women in senior living and skilled nursing and earn up to three continuing education credits.

Registration, which is free, covers both days — Tuesday, May 18 and Wednesday, May 19 — but attendance at all events is not required. Find out more and register at mcknightswomenofdistinction.com.

Festivities will begin May 18 at 5:30 p.m. ET with a roundtable discussion about workforce lessons from the pandemic featuring five McKnight’s Women of Distinction: Lori Alford, chief operating officer of Avanti Senior Living; Robin Bradley, chief operating officer of American Health Partners; Felichia Fields, assistant executive director of St. Catherine’s Village; Kimberly Green-Yates, chief operating officer of Diakonos Group; and Alicia Hartnett, director of healthcare and assisted living for Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant. McKnight’s Senior Living Editor Lois A. Bowers will moderate.

The May 18 McKnight’s Women of Distinction Awards ceremony, beginning at 6:45 p.m. ET, will honor a Lifetime Achievement Award winner, 19 Hall of Honor inductees, 15 Veteran VIPs (a new category of recognition!) and 17 Rising Stars.

The May 19 McKnight’s Women of Distinction Forum will offer three live webinars during which attendees will have the opportunity to earn up to three CE credits. These sessions, moderated by the editors of McKnight’s Senior Living, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and McKnight’s Home Care, 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.

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 Chief Operating Officer 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.

Find out more and register at mcknightswomenofdistinction.com.

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.