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LeadingAge Nebraska 2023 Annual Conference & Expo

March 22-23, 2023
(Pre-conference program & PAC Dinner March 21, 2023)
Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center
Kearney, Nebraska (110 2nd Ave, Kearney, NE 68847)
Conference Theme: THE GREATER GOOD

Our world is complex, but our common goal is simple—we dedicate ourselves to creating positive change and improving the lives of older adults wherever they call home. As we focus on a wide and rapidly-evolving range of issues—it’s more important than ever to harness the combined power of our mission-driven LeadingAge professionals. That’s why aging services leaders from across our state will come together on March 22-23, 2023 for the LeadingAge Nebraska Annual Conference & Expo. Across our education program, we’ll spend time talking about the issues and strategic priorities that matter to us most, and prominent experts will share their experience and vision that is certain to inspire us all. When you tour the Expo, you’ll discover life-changing products and services, and during social events, you’ll build connections and camaraderie. This year will ignite your passion and your purpose to advance your mission for those you serve. Together we are stronger for the greater good.


We will be offering a PRE-CONFERENCE program this year focused on owners, C-suite, Executive Directors and Board Members beginning at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, March 21, 2023. You must register for the Pre-conference separately from the Annual Conference. There will also be a Cocktail Hour later that evening, and a separate PAC Dinner to follow. More details below.


Wednesday, March 22, 2023 - Holiday Inn Kearney
Time Title Speaker CEUs
8:00-9:15am WELCOME & KEYNOTE: Solving for Stability: Building a Team for Retention Ralph Peterson, Senior Care Leadership Consultant  1
9:15-9:30am BREAK & book signing with sponsor  Sponsor: Quality First Insurance  
9:30-10:30am 1A: Lead with DQ Leslie Pedtke, Owner/founder of Dignity Quotient  1
  1B: Applications of CBD (Cannabidiol) in Long Term Care Settings to Create Better Therapeutic Outcomes Tom Bauer & Chris Jurist, Imbue Botanicals, LLC  1
  1C: Hiring and Retaining the Next Generation of Workers Molly O'Neill, Founder & CEO of SuperbShifts  1
10:30-10:45am BREAK    
10:45-11:45am 2A: Reimagining the Customer-Employee Relationship: A Trauma Informed Care Approach Jean Hartnett, Thunder Road Consulting Services  1
  2B: Preventing Drug Allergy Associated Medication Errors in Long Term Care Rebecca Ortmeier, PharmD, Community Pharmacy Director of Consultant Pharmacists  1
  2C: Learn an Expert's LinkedIn Secrets for Recruiting and Retaining CNAs Peter Murphy Lewis, VP Marketing for Experience Care - LTC Heroes  1
11:45-1:00pm LUNCH & AWARDS PROGRAM  AWARDS sponsored by McKesson  
1:00-2:00pm 3A: What CEO's Need to Hear Right Now Michele Magner, MBA, CDP, Michele Magner Coaching  1
  3B: Combating Loneliness and Isolation within Senior Communities Ingrid Provident, Ed.D, OTR/L FAOTA, Select Rehabilitation Education Specialist  1
  3C: Dining, Environmental & Automation: Solutions for Staffing Challenges Julie Halfpop, Director of Nutrition &  Dining  Strategies and Chris Smith, Martin Bros Distribution  1
2:00-2:15pm BREAK    
2:15-3:15pm 4A: It’s All about Culture … and Relationships. How Evidence-Based Research Changed My Passion for Seniors  Jeffrey L. Ahl, Principal, arCuretecture  1
  4B: Nursing Homes 2023 - Change Is the Only Constant Janine Finck-Boyle, VP, Health Policy and Regulatory Affairs, LeadingAge  1
  4C: The Looming Labor Crisis – A Tale of Two Perspectives Bryant McCann, General Manager, KARE  1
 3:15-3:30pm BREAK    
 3:30-5:00pm GENERAL SESSION MEDICAID PANEL: The Future of the Nebraska Medicaid System and the relation to LTC Kevin Bagley, NDHHS Director Medicaid/LTC
Frank Clepper, Molina Healthcare
Heath Phillips, Nebraska Total Care
Jeff Stafford, CFO, Nebraska United Healthcare
 6:00-8:30pm Wednesday Evening Social - Dinner & Drinks at Cunningham's on the Lake  Sponsor: RTG Medical  
     TOTAL CEs for day 1:  6.5


Thursday, March 23, 2023 - Holiday Inn Kearney
Time Title Speaker CEUs
9:00-10:00am GREATER GOOD KEYNOTE: What the Future Might Hold for the Sector Mike King, President & CEO of Volunteers of America & LeadingAge National Board Chair, sponsored by DispatchHealth Imaging  1
10:00-10:30am BREAK & EXPO    
10:30-11:30am 5A: Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness a Winning Combination for Peace and Calm Ingrid M. Provident Ed.D, OTR/L, FAOTA, Education Specialist, Select Rehabilitation  1
  5B: Avoid Survey Citations and Improve Quality of Life Through a Proactive Approach to Hearing Aid care and Management Janie York, Hearing Instrument Specialist, Hear Now Mobile Hearing Solutions & Education Services  1
  5C: Beyond the Lessons Learned Ralph Peterson, Senior Care Leadership Consultant  1
11:30-12:45pm BUFFET LUNCH & EXPO    
12:45-1:45pm 6A: An Effective System for a Compliance and Ethics Program Janine Finck-Boyle, VP, Health Policy and Regulatory Affairs, LeadingAge  1
  6B: Developing a Mindset That Puts Diversity and Difference on the Table Carlos Barcenas, I Choose Purple  1
1:45-2:00pm BREAK    
2:00-3:00pm GENERAL SESSION POST-ACUTE TRANSITIONS PANEL: Partnering Together on Post-Acute Transitions Donna Pollat, Kearney Regional Medical Center; Laura K. Hill, Mary Lanning Healthcare; Andrea Lonowski, NE Medicine; Amber Kavan, Nebraska Hospital Association; Kimberley Wells, Housing Partners of Western Nebraska; Lora Swanger, Florence Home; Heidi Lauenstein, Bryan Health Connect; Sherry Radford, Bryan Health Connect 1
 3:00 END    TOTAL CEs day 2:  4



We are excited to announce that we will be using a conference app this year. In the app you will be able to check the agenda, locations, read speaker bios, read session descriptions, link directly to sponsor and exhibitor websites, and more. One huge advantage will be the ability for everyone to use the app to complete session evaluations - no more paper evaluations! The app will be free to download from both the Google Play and Apple app stores. Assistance with app download and navigation will be available at the conference. Stay tuned for more information!


We are excited to host Ralph Peterson as our opening Keynote speaker this year. Ralph Peterson is the owner and operator of a management development company that specializes in helping mission driven organizations build Five-Star Leadership teams within the long-term care industry. Ralph has more than 20 years in the trenches of senior management, organizational development and human resources in the long-term care industry. He has earned his Associate's Degree, two Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership.Quality 1st Insurance logo

He has consulted to a wide variety of industries, large and small, bringing a practical approach, sound advice and a great sense of humor to the table. He is one of those rare speakers that doesn't pull any punches– and you will love him anyway.  Thank you to Quality First Insurance for sponsoring Ralph Peterson and providing all attendees with Ralph's newest book!


All conference attendees are invited to join us and our sponsor, RTG Medical, for an evening of relaxation and networking at RTG Medical logoCunningham's on the Lake. From 6:00 - 8:30 pm, we will have dinner and drinks, time to hangout, and prizes! Cunningham's on the Lake is within walking distance of the hotel.


We will be giving awards in the following categories: Lifetime Achievement, Excellence in Innovation, Excellence in Care and Service, Emerging Leader, & Friends of Long-term Care. Award recipients will be chosen by our selection committee and honored at our Annual Conference & Expo in Kearney, NE on March 22, 2023. The Awards ceremony is sponsored by Gold McKesson logoBusiness Associate McKesson.


We have a dynamic variety of vendors participating this year in the Expo on day two of the conference. You will expect to see some familiar faces and also some new faces! But as always, get ready to learn, discover new solutions and get fresh ideas for your residents and staff!

Exhibitor list











2023 Annual Conference & Expo Member Rate  Non-member Rate 
2-day Conference early-bird rate (thru March 1) $320 $385
2-day Conference rate (after March 1) $340 $405
Single day early-bird rate (Wed OR Thurs, thru March 1) $215  $260
Single day rate (Wed OR Thurs, after March 1) $235 $280
Students, Retirees or Direct-care Staff (nurse aides, etc.) $100/day  $100/day 
Non-exhibiting vendor $500 $750
*Group rate (flat fee for unlimited registrations) $1500 N/A










*GROUP RATE DETAILS: With the group rate, member provider communities may register unlimited participants with one flat fee. Must provide names, titles and email addresses for all who will be attending on the registration form. This registration category is available to provider members only. (Individual communities within multi-site organizations are considered separate communities for purpose of applying discounts for multiple participants. The corporate headquarters of a multi-site organization is considered to be a community in this context and may apply the discount for multiple participants who are employed at the corporate headquarters.)


No refunds will be given for cancellations. Substitutions are accepted. However, if you cannot attend due to circumstances out of your control (such as exposure to/testing positive for COVID-19, a death in the family, or state surveyors in your community during the conference) and no substitute is available, a credit will be issued for you to use at a future LeadingAge Nebraska event. Please send credit requests by email to Natalie McCormick at [email protected] and LeadingAge Nebraska will review your request promptly and respond on whether a credit will be granted in your situation. Thank you!


LeadingAge Nebraska has reserved a room block that is guaranteed through February 22, 2023. The Holiday Inn Kearney phone number is 308-237-5971. Click here for the Holiday Inn Kearney: WEBSITE.


Our conference is relaxed but professional. We ask that you wear comfortable, business-casual attire. We also suggest wearing layers as temperatures can vary from room to room. 


10.5 hours of continuing education from Nebraska DHHS Regulation and Licensure, Board of of NHA has been approved for the LeadingAge Annual Conference. Appropriate records will be maintained for other disciplines to receive credit from their credentialing organizations. 10.5 CE credits provided by IWCC, Iowa’s Board of Nursing Provider #6. This program has been approved for 10.5 CE hours, fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Approval #: 167416. Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.CBDM approval logo


All handouts will be available a few days prior to the conference on our website and in the conference app. Please download and/or print those you wish to have at the conference.


We are excited to have Peter Murphy Lewis from the LTC Heroes Podcast with us throughout the conference! He will be doing interviews and speaking throughout the Pre-conference and the Annual Conference. Be watching for Peter and his camera! 


Photographs will be taken during the LeadingAge Nebraska 2023 Annual Conference & Expo. By registering for this event, you agree to allow LeadingAge Nebraska to use your photo in our related publications, promotions or website.



We will be offering a Pre-conference program focused on owners, C-suite, Executive Directors and Board Members, beginning at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at the Holiday Inn Kearney. Participants will discuss implications of the past, where we are right now NW Respiratory logoas a sector, and also take a look at the future of senior living. After the Pre-conference program there will be a Cocktail Hour for all attendees, brought to you by Silver Business Associate Northwest Respiratory. All participants of the Pre-conference program are invited to the Cocktail Hour. Information about the PAC Dinner is separate from other Tuesday activities.

For more information and registration for both the Pre-conference and the PAC Dinner, click below.