6th September 2023
Glasgow, Scotland
Workforce Summit Speakers

Overview of all speakers

Wednesday 6 September 2023

Welcome

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Katie Smith Sloan
Executive Director – Global Ageing Network & CEO – LeadingAge, Washington, DC, USA

Katie Smith Sloan serves as the executive director of the Global Ageing Network, an organization with a presence in over 50 countries committed to improving the quality of life for people as they age through shared learning, exploration and innovation. In its 30th year, the Network brings leaders together to explore and identify solutions for the challenges and opportunities associated with global ageing. It is the only Network of primarily providers of services, housing and care. Katie Smith Sloan also serves as president and CEO of LeadingAge, an association of over 5,000 mission-driven community-based organizations in the U.S. that provide services and supports primarily for older adults. LeadingAge advocates to improve housing, services and supports, guided by the organization’s mission to be the trusted voice for aging. Sloan serves on the Board of Directors of the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) based in Toronto, HelpAge USA, the Long Term Quality Alliance (LTQA), ValueFirst, and the Alliance for Home Care Quality and Innovation. She is national co-chair of Dementia Friendly America, a multi-sector national collaborative with a mission to foster dementia friendly communities

Setting the Stage: Workforce Challenges

Leon Geffen

Dr Leon Geffen
Director – Samson Institute for Ageing, Cape Town, South Africa

Leon is a family doctor, based in Cape Town and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Ageing in Africa, at University of Cape Town. He is currently a fellow of interRAI and has served as the medical director of AgeWell. He has worked with many community-based organisations in the Western Cape focusing on the needs of older persons. He has worked with the Department of Health in developing a public private partnership for the delivery of primary care services to older persons and has participated in many international and local conferences on ageing. 

Vincenzo Paolino

Vincenzo Paolino
Co-Founder and CEO, Almacasa, Switzerland

Vincenzo Paolino (*1965 in Munich) is a certified specialist in geriatric care equipped with entrepreneurial spiritHe has a background in care management as well as business economy. Extended leadership experience and continued education enable him to lead companies in the field of long-term care with sustained success. After studying psychology from 1986 to 1988 in Munich he chose to complete an apprenticeship in psychiatric nursing in Switzerland and graduated in 1991. His thesis was on “New approaches in Long Term Care for elders”. Working as nursing director in a hospice for Aids-patients in the 1990’s gave him the opportunity to develop management skills as well as helping to spread palliative care-ideasThis was followed by 13 years as nursing director in a state-owned nursing home near Zurich where he and his staff successfully implemented elements of the Eden-Alternative to boost culture-change Since 2013 he developed and runs “Almacasa – empowering and caring.” Based in Switzerland, Almacasa offers a value based, small-scale approach to the needs of elders end their care partners. Four sites are up and running and more will follow in the coming years. Vincenzo Paolino served from 2014 to 2019 as founding-president of the Zurich based association “queerAltern”. This group with more than 500 members will soon offer housing and services for older LGBTIQ-persons & friends in collaboration with the city of Zurich. Since 2016 Vincenzo Paolino is a member of the GAN-Board of Directors. 

Kim Ga

Kim Gaskell
Chief Operating Officer – The Riverwoods Group, Exeter, NH, USA

Kim Gaskell is a highly accomplished and driven professional who is currently serving as the Chief Operating Officer for The RiverWoods Group, northern New England’s largest system of Continuing Care Retirement Communities. With a proven track record of excellence in organizational leadership, combined with a passion for senior living, she has earned a reputation for delivering exceptional results and contributing to the success of diverse projects and teams. Kim joined RiverWoods in 2018 as the Executive Director for their newest community in Durham, New Hampshire. Under her leadership, the community achieved record-breaking occupancy success, achieving 95% stabilized occupancy in just under four months. In her current role as COO, Kim oversees the operations for all three RiverWoods communities, which encompasses 1,100 residents and just under 1,000 employees.Kim earned a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University. During her time there, Kim served on their inaugural Student Advisory Board and was selected as the student commencement speaker. Throughout her dynamic career, Kim has demonstrated a remarkable ability in team development, both in creating teams from the ground up to restructuring or reenergizing teams she has inherited. At the core of Kim’s work is a profound belief in making lives better for the senior population and those who serve it. She believes that one of the most successful ways to do this is not solely measured by individual accomplishments but by the positive influence her leadership can have on others and the broader community. Her genuine passion for organizational and leadership development as well as senior living fuels her drive to create lasting and meaningful change within the industry.Kim continues to elevate her field through innovative strategies and thought leadership. In her current role, she plays a pivotal role in creating standards and consistency across the system, leading expansion projects at each community, and focused work on employee culture, retention, and preparing for the ever-changing post-Covid workforce.Kim is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and a certified Working Genius facilitator. She has served on the Board of Directors for her local LeadingAge chapter and has been selected to speak at several LeadingAge conferences throughout the United States, most notably focusing on the future of the multi-generational workforce. Kim resides in Dover, New Hampshire with her husband, Jason, and their black Labrador retriever, Cooper. In her spare time, she is an avid reader and beach enthusiast. 

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Dan Levitt
CEO – KinVillage & Academic Professor, Canada

Dan Levitt is an acclaimed international speaker, elder care leader, writer, and gerontologist, specializing in helping others to create better lives for seniors. Dan’s purpose is to teach people how to transform the lives of older adults across the globe. As a popular professional speaker, he has delivered inspiring keynote speeches impacting thousands of people on four continents. Dan doesn’t tell people where to go but guides them in the direction of where they need to go. His talks leave the audience with a new mindset on aging needed to thrive in the 21st century. 

As the Chief Executive Officer of Kin Village, Dan Levitt shepherds the enhancement of housing, social, and care needs for more than 300 older persons living onsite and thousands of community members with community based programs, inspiring a team of over 400 employees and volunteers with a commitment to continuously improving the quality of life. 

Dan is an Adjunct Professor in Gerontology at Simon Fraser University an Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia and a Sessional Instructor, British Columbia Institute of Technology and an Surveyor with Accreditation Canada. He is also International Federation on Ageing International Vice President, North America and a Board Member of CommonAge and a former Board Member of the Global Ageing Network.  

Dan’s adventure exploits have taken him from Africa’s highest peak Mt. Kilimanjaro to the Caribbean Sea’s coral reefs, from canoeing across the Yukon to racing in the six World Marathon Majors. 

Marcus Riley

Marcus Riley
Executive Chairman – Ballycara, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

In addition to his role as Chairman of BallyCara Limited, Marcus is a Past Chairman and current Director of the Global Ageing Network and sits on the governing committee for GAROP (Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People) and the UN’s Stakeholder Group on Ageing. He has a distinguished record of leadership roles with international, national and state-based organisations and in 2018 was awarded the Global Ageing Influencer award by Ageing Asia.  He was chair of Australia’s Aged Services Industry Reference Committee, has a Master’s of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  He is a passionate advocate for positive ageing and for the interests of older people, accordingly he is the author of Booming – A Life Changing Philosophy on Ageing Well. 

Workforce Interventions

Donna Duncan

Donna Duncan
CEO – Ontario Long Term Care Association, Toronto, ON, Canada

Donna Duncan CEO, Ontario Long Term Care Association Donna Duncan is a passionate seniors’ care, mental health advocate, and broader public sector leader, bringing more than 20 years of experience in advancing transformative change at organization and system levels. . As CEO of the Ontario Long Term Care Association, Donna leads the largest provincial association representing long-term care providers in Canada. She also is involved in global forums as a member of the board of directors of the Global Ageing Network and serves on the board of the Canadian Association of Long-Term Care. In addition, Donna hosts the highly-rated podcast, Coming of Age, which is changing the conversation about seniors’ care, challenging ageism, and exploring innovations in care and public policy for all of us as we age. She is also a sought-after speaker, guest-lecturer and media commentator on seniors’ care, health human resources and public policy. Donna previously served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of The Ontario Caregiver Organization where she led the organization’s start-up operations, building a foundation for new leadership and a provincial board to lead the development of services and supports for family caregivers in Canada’s largest province. In addition, she served as President and CEO of one of Ontario’s largest children’s mental health treatment, research, and teaching centres and also a community affiliate of the University of Toronto. Donna led the organization through transformational change and extensive programmatic and quality improvements, culminating in its integration with The Hospital for Sick Children in 2017 as the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health. Donna has a deep understanding of healthcare systems and works in partnership with leaders across the health and community care sectors provincially, nationally, and internationally. She also has extensive experience within government, having worked with federal and provincial ministers and with a United Nations agency. Donna currently sits on advisory committees for the Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care, and on the board of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She has also served on the boards of The Ontario Caregiver Organization, Children’s Mental Health Ontario, the national Kids Brain Health Network, and chaired the Board of Governors of Seneca College and the provincial College Employe Council 

Mansur Dalal

Mansur Dalal
Deputy Chair – CommonAge Association, Pune, Mahrashtra, India

 

Chairman ELD-AR Memories LLP ( earlier OASIS SENIOR LIVING LLP ) ELD-AR Memories Inc. Founder and Chairman Emeritus. ASSOCIATION OF SENIOR LIVING INDIA (ASLI) https://www.asli.org.in/founder/ Chairman, Empowered Expert committee for formulating Standards for Senior Living and Care industry of India. Govt. Of India. http://www.mhdalal.com/awards/ Vice- Chairman, CommonAge. The Commonwealth Association for the Ageing. www.commage.org. Senior Advisor and Ambassador (Asia and Africa). Standards wise International India. www.standardswise-india.in http://www.mhdalal.com/publications/ Past President and Paul Harris Fellow. Rotary Club of Poona. Architect and Consultant since 1982. Evangelist, Industry thought leader, Speaker & Author – Senior Living and Care. Contributed as speaker on Senior Living and Care in over 20 International conferences across 9 countries.

Reena Devi

Dr Reeva Devi
Associate Professor – School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, Leeds, England, UK

 

I joined the University of Leeds in 2018 as a Senior Research Fellow. I have an academic background in psychology, and my PhD research evaluated the effectiveness and feasibility of an online cardiac rehabilitation intervention in a primary care setting. I started care home research in 2016 when I worked as a research fellow at the University of Nottingham. I worked on the Proactive Healthcare of Older People in Care Homes (PEACH) study, and my role involved evaluating the use of quality improvement methodology to improve health care services delivered to older people living in care homes. Since moving to the University of Leeds I have continued to work on care home research. My current roles includes working as a Scientific Linking Pin researcher in the Nurturing Innovation in Care Home Excellence in Leeds (NICHE-Leeds) partnership, a partnership between care organisations and University of Leeds (with Leeds Beckett University). The NICHE-Leeds partnership aims to enhance quality of life, care, and work for those living and working in care homes. As a Scientific Linking Pin I work closely with care homes, and work on bringing evidence-based solutions to questions raised by care home staff, residents, and relatives. In my Scientific Linking Pin role I am currently working with two care provider organisations located in Yorkshire: Springfield Healthcare and Westward Care.

Oonagh Smyth

Oonagh Smyth
CEO – Skills for Care, Leeds, England, UK

Oonagh Smyth is Chief Executive Officer of Skills for Care, which is the workforce development charity for adult social care in England. She has extensive experience working with organisations across the social care sector and prior to starting at Skills for Care in 2020, Oonagh was the Executive Director of Strategy and Influence in Mencap. She is also a former Co-Chair of the Care and Support Alliance and an accredited executive coach.  

Where we go from here: Looking to the Future

Robyn Stone

Robyn I. Stone, DrPH
Senior Vice President – Research LeadingAge, Washington, DC, USA

Robyn is the Senior Vice President for Research at LeadingAge and Co-Director of the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston, a research center with offices in Washington, DC, and Boston, MA. A noted researcher and internationally recognized authority on aging services, Robyn has been engaged in policy development, program evaluation, large-scale demonstration projects, and other applied research activities for more than 40 years. She was a political appointee in the Clinton Administration, serving in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as deputy assistant secretary for disability, aging, and long-term care policy. She also served as assistant secretary for aging.  

Robyn’s widely published work addresses long-term care policy and quality, chronic care for people with disabilities, the aging services workforce, affordable senior housing, and family caregiving. In addition, she is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the National Academy of Social Insurance and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2014.  

Robyn received a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of California Berkeley. Her work bridges the worlds of research, policy, and practice to improve the care delivered to older adults—particularly lower-income populations—and to ensure the best quality of life for these individuals and their families.  

Closing Thoughts

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Katie Smith Sloan
Executive Director – Global Ageing Network & CEO – LeadingAge

Katie Smith Sloan serves as the executive director of the Global Ageing Network, an organization with a presence in over 50 countries committed to improving the quality of life for people as they age through shared learning, exploration and innovation. In its 30th year, the Network brings leaders together to explore and identify solutions for the challenges and opportunities associated with global ageing. It is the only Network of primarily providers of services, housing and care. Katie Smith Sloan also serves as president and CEO of LeadingAge, an association of over 5,000 mission-driven community-based organizations in the U.S. that provide services and supports primarily for older adults. LeadingAge advocates to improve housing, services and supports, guided by the organization’s mission to be the trusted voice for aging. Sloan serves on the Board of Directors of the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) based in Toronto, HelpAge USA, the Long Term Quality Alliance (LTQA), ValueFirst, and the Alliance for Home Care Quality and Innovation. She is national co-chair of Dementia Friendly America, a multi-sector national collaborative with a mission to foster dementia friendly communities