Arizona LeadingAge

Pam Koester


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Arizona LeadingAge
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(602) 230-0026

2020 Conference Speaker & Session Info

2020 CONFERENCE Session Type
  • Experience Room
  • Welcome
2020 CONFERENCE Session Day
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
2020 CONFERENCE Session Day & Time
  • 8/19 & 8/20; Wednesday & Thursday; Various Times: Experience Room
  • 8/19; Wednesday; 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm; Welcome
"Experience Room" – The Blind Café; Welcome to the Annual 2020 Conference and Expo! TOGETHER
The Blind Café is a social impact experience that uses the concept of social engagement in 100% darkness that profoundly impact people's social perspective. The Blind Café works for positive social change by creating and embracing ground-breaking and innovative ideas that identify problems in society and then work proactively to create scalable and sustainable solutions in the dark. When we lose our sight entirely at The Blind Cafe, there is a relinquishing of control that must happen. The attendees don't have their cell phones to habitually check every few minutes, they have to trust in their fellow attendees and our blind staff to navigate through the experience.

The attendees have to learn to listen better, be more acute with their presence in the moment and dig deeper inside themselves to communicate with each other. All their little habitual habits are interrupted and there is a window there while they are in the dark to touch in on a different way of relating to their world.

WELCOME: Come TOGETHER for this opening session to learn about our Association and details of this year’s conference, including earning 15.5 CEUs, networking with 48 incredible EXHIBITORS in our industry, participating in our exclusive, one-of-a-kind Experince Room featuring The Blind Cafe (Wed/Thur). Enjoy a friendly game of poker at our Foundation Poker Tournament, and cheer on our Award winners at our Annual Awards Celebration MC'ed by Lin Sue Cooney, Hospice of the Valley.
* Deepening the on-going Corporate Leadership Teams connection * Embodying empathy, diversity &/or understandings in disabilities inclusion
2020 CONFERENCE Session Target Audience
  • CEO/Administrator
  • CFO/Finance
  • Dining
  • DON/Nurse Manager
  • Facilities
  • Human Resources
  • Resident Services/Social Services
  • Residents
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Trustees
  • Wellness/Activities
  • CFO / Finance
  • DON / Nurse Manager
  • Resident Services / Social Services
  • Wellness / Activities
  • CEO / Administrator
2020 CONFERENCE Co-Presenter(s)
WELCOME: Michelle Just
2020 CONFERENCE Brief Bio
Ms. Pam Koester has had a distinguished career in aging services, beginning with her Master's Degree in Social Gerontology, continuing in various capacities in senior executive positions, and advancing cutting-edge governance and strategic planning techniques in her role as President of Koester & Associates. Ms. Koester rejoined Arizona Leading Age as Chief Executive Officer in January of 2016, after previously serving as its Director of Education and Interim Executive Director. Ms. Koester develops educational sessions for long-term care industry professionals; and collaborates with Department of Health Services to bring relevant education to nursing homes and assisted living centers. She is an advocate for long-term care industry with legislators and regulatory agencies, and strives to improve the interactions between older adults and the rest of the world.

Arizona LeadingAge is a 501(c)6 not-for-profit organization. 

3877 N. 7th Street, Ste. 280, Phoenix, Arizona 85014, 602.230.0026

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