About the Series

This series is designed for LeadingAge provider members to hear from experienced DEI practitioners and subject-matter experts—and engage in peer-to-peer learning and self-reflection to enhance their understanding of the principles and practices associated with moving diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts forward.

During this series, experienced DEI practitioners and subject-matter experts will offer foundational information and lay the groundwork to:

  • Enhance Our Understanding

    of the concepts, principles, and practices associated with moving DEI efforts forward.

  • Raise Our Collective Awareness

    while building empathy, and exploring shared values for embarking on a DEI journey.

  • Identify Actionable Ways

    to cultivate an ongoing DEI practice within provider organizations.

The series is open to LeadingAge provider members only and is limited to a small cohort of participants.

  • A non-refundable fee of $899 per person is required to participate; additional participants from the same organization must each register and pay separately.
  • Registration Deadline: April 28, 2023

The goal of shared learning is to gain, build, and exchange ideas through a process of open dialogue and collective exploration—to really wrestle in the gray areas and engage in generative conversations with a diverse group of peers.

Six (6) live/virtual sessions will be held from early May through June 2023, including a one hour-long shared learning orientation.

To maximize member time and attention, the series will take place virtually on Zoom every other week (May – June) with opportunities for asynchronous learning and discussion on the LeadingAge Learning Hub between sessions.

All participants are expected to participate on camera and be present for the full duration of each 2.5-hour session. Sessions will be highly interactive and include presentations from experienced DEI practitioners, LeadingAge members, and small and full group conversations. Reading, videos, online dialogue, and other resources will be shared between sessions to encourage personal exploration and continued learning.

This program is open to all provider members—irrespective of their professional experience, job title, or type of position within an organization. To enrich this learning experience, we strive for a broad and diverse cohort of participants. Space is limited to a small cohort of participants.

Recognizing that embedding DEI strategies into everyday HR functions can provide a great opportunity to foster and build an inclusive and equitable workplace, this series may be of particular interest to HR professionals and other leaders whose role includes integrating DEI practices into the overall workforce and culture of their organization.

Guided by our DEI Commitment, LeadingAge seeks to eliminate barriers to participation in the series by making need-based discounts available to organizations that are unable to cover the full participant fee due to financial hardship. Please reach out to KJacobs@LeadingAge.org if your organization needs help supporting your participation in this program.

Orientation | May 2 (1–2:00 p.m. ET)

Exploring Personal Privilege and Embracing Inclusive Leadership | May 4 (1–3:30 p.m. ET)

Consider the role of individual work and essential leadership qualities, as you strive to create environments where everyone feels a sense of belonging.

Identifying Frameworks to Support Meaningful Change | May 18 (1–3:30 p.m. ET)

Explore policies, approaches, and best practices to ensure your organization’s DEI efforts are most impactful.

Exploring Tools and Practices to Foster Equity | June 1 (1–3:30 p.m. ET)

Gain a deeper understanding of the concept of equity and identify tools and practices to sharpen your awareness and bolster your organizational work.

Insights from the Field | June 15 (1–3:30 p.m. ET)

Hear how providers are grappling with the challenges and opportunities of implementing the principles of DEI within senior living organizations.

Sustaining Commitment and Avoiding Burnout | June 29 (1 – 3:30 p.m. ET)

Pause to consider how to move hearts and maintain momentum in your individual and organizational DEI journey, as you keep taking the next best step forward.

Please Note: This program has not been approved for continuing education (CE) credits. Those who participate in every session will receive a certificate of completion.


Kirsten Jacobs, MSW (she/her/hers)
As senior director, shared learning initiatives, Kirsten leads LeadingAge’s shared learning strategy and provides thought leadership to various audiences, including speaking/presenting and delivering technical assistance to LeadingAge members on dementia, person-directed wellbeing and diversity, equity and inclusion. Kirsten co-leads LeadingAge’s ageism work and internal diversity, equity, and inclusion council, which support the organization’s mission, the trusted voice for aging and vision, an America freed from ageism.

Mia Robinson-Mullen (she/her/hers)
As the Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives for LeadingAge, Mia has responsibility for managing the day-to-day activities of the Executive Office as well as the development and leadership of organization-wide initiatives addressing the effectiveness, results, and internal culture of LeadingAge. Mia works on governance matters that support the Board and Association. Mia co-leads LeadingAge’s ageism work and internal diversity, equity and inclusion council, which support the organization’s mission, the trusted voice for aging and vision, an America freed from ageism.


Guest Speakers

Ian Brown, MS, MA (he/him/his)
Vice President/Chief Employee Experience Officer, Duke University Health System. Ian’s work focuses on developing inclusive leaders who are self-aware, empathetic, compassionate, curious, and accountable.

Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque (she/her/hers)
Board Chair of National Senior Campuses and Assistant to the Pastor for Small Groups at the Historic Alfred Street Baptist Church. Zina’s work focuses on creating change while sustaining hope and faith.

Clair Minson (she/her/hers)
Founder & Principal Consultant at Sandra Grace, LLC. Clair’s work focuses on the intersection of racial equity and workforce development, examining the manifestations of systemic and institutional racism in workforce policies, practices, and cultural messaging.

Dan Stewart headshotDan Stewart (he/him/his)
Associate Director, Aging Equality Project at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Dan’s work focuses advocating for LGBTQ+ inclusion, particularly in the aging services sector.


Provider Panel

LaJuene Adams headshotLaJuene Adams (she/her/hers)

Corporate Director of Education and Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL). LaJeune brings over 17 years of experience at PSL, with a focus on human resources.

Amera Bilal headshotAmera Bilal (she/her/hers)

Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Broadmead. Amera brings government, education, and nonprofit sector experience, always with a DEI emphasis.


Boris Ozuna (he/him/his) Boris Ozuna headshot

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. Boris brings experience in the nonprofit sector in the fields of peacebuilding, community organizing and coalition building for social justice.


Hi, I’m Kirsten!

Contact me with any questions you have about the Shared Learning Series.