About the Program
Argentum’s LEAD Program elevates a select group of leaders each year, nominated by senior living executives, and provides specialized opportunities for professional development and executive networking to support career goals.
2022 Nominee Eligibility
Individuals who meet the following requirements are eligible to be nominated:
- Nominee must be employed by an Argentum member owner/operator company
- Nominee role in company must be at the regional or corporate level
- Nominee must be able to complete all required elements of the program to include in-person meeting requirements
How to Nominate
Companies will be asked to submit nominations via an online application and are restricted to no more than four nominees per company. Nominees will submit an application to include one letter of recommendation from a direct supervisor, as well as a short essay. Applications will be reviewed and selected by a panel.
Nominations must be submitted by an Argentum member owner/operator company CEO, COO, or senior human resources associate.
The program provides leadership programming and networking options and the opportunity to engage in a personal development and industry advancing project with fellow cohort members. This 6-month program may include the following (activities subject to change):
- Complimentary attendance with specific events tailored to create engagement, networking, and/or programming at the following events:
- Opportunity to be a guest for Argentum’s Executive Roundtables
- Interactive online Salon Sessions presented by industry leaders and customized for the cohort
- Involvement in an industry-advancing Capstone Project, coordinated in partnership with the LEAD Program Steering Committee
- Membership in the Senior Living Works Ambassador program
- Subscription to Argentum Advocates
Program Onboarding, Minimum Requirements, and Graduation process:
Once nominees have been selected, they will be expected to design their own calendar/timeline to meet these minimal requirements, as follows:
- Six (6) hours of program attendance at an Argentum live event (Conference, Summit, or Public Policy Institute).
- Three (3) Salon sessions either live or on-demand.
- Clear participation in and full completion of the group capstone project.
- Participation in the Executive Development Program at the May Conference (in-person preferred).
- Two presentations (minimum) to local schools or talent sources/work boards (re: senior living as a career)
- One (1) social media project, flexible but ideas include:
- Blog documenting best practices in senior living (e.g. Top tips for prospect tours)
- Blog related to your school/local visits (e.g. Why use local presentations to educate workforce)
Program Timeline (subject to change)
- Call for Nominations Announced: February 7, 2022
- Nominating Period for Sponsoring Organizations: February 7 – March 11, 2022
- Applications Submitted by Candidates: March 14 – March 25, 2022
- Candidates Reviewed by Steering Committee: March 28 – April 1, 2022
- Acceptance Notifications to Sponsoring Organizations: April 4 – April 8, 2022
- Notifications to Cohort: April 8, 2022
- Official Press Release announcing 2022 Class: April 13, 2022
- Onboarding of Cohorts: April 11-15, 2022
- Senior Living Executive Conference: May 16-18, 2022
- Capstone Project completion: October/November 2022
- Cohort Graduation: November 15, 2022 (at Senior Living Leadership Summit)
Q: Can senior living professionals nominate themselves for consideration by the LEAD Program Steering Committee?
A: No. The LEAD Program is a 6-month commitment. Because of this, all time and financial commitments must be agreed to before a candidate is considered. As a result, only CEOs, COOs, or senior HR professionals in a nominating organization may nominate a candidate for the LEAD Program. Argentum encourages owner/operator members to strongly consider employees of diversity for nominations.
Q: How is this program different from the Executive Director Leadership Institute (EDLI)?
A: EDLI is designed for community-level executive directors with very specific faculty-developed curricula. The LEAD Program is designed for professionals who are at the regional or corporate level.
Q: How is this program different from the Women in Leadership program?
A: The Women in Leadership (WIL) program is designed to provide an ongoing resource network for women who have achieved executive status. All activities of the WIL program are driven by the Women in Leadership Committee.
Q: Who is on the LEAD Program Steering Committee and what is their role?
A: The LEAD Steering Committee’s role is to advise and to review candidate applications to ensure the LEAD program classes represent the industry’s very best emerging leaders each year. Applications are reviewed “blind,” meaning no identifying information is included (such as nominating organization name). Committee members also oversee and support the capstone projects.
Q: Do you have to be under/over a certain age to qualify for this program?
A: No. Executives of any age can be nominated. For example, a stay-at-home parent who decides to return to their career and demonstrates excellent leadership potential would be a terrific candidate for the LEAD program.
Q: What is the tuition cost of this program?
A: The cost to participate in the LEAD program is $2,950.
Q: What happened to the Senior Living Leaders Under 40 program?
A: The LEAD Program was designed as the result of a meeting with our leadership and the 2019 Senior Living Leaders Under 40 honorees. We received feedback that while an award is an honor, emerging leaders are missing an ongoing program that offers specialized education and networking opportunities that allow for immersion into the industry and identification of mentors beyond their own companies. This program is designed to do that. We are consequently discontinuing our Senior Living Leaders Under 40 awards program.
Q: Why is there a limit to the number of candidates that a nominating organization can submit?
A: As the industry’s trade association, Argentum has a responsibility to ensure equal access by large as well as smaller organizations who wish to participate. Limiting organizations to four nominees per class helps balance the mix of company types and sizes within the program.