Shared Learning Series: Committing to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

  • Five (5) live/virtual sessions held May through September 2022

  • Open to any LeadingAge provider member

  • Small cohort (limited to 20 participants)

  • Cost: $799

  • Registration Deadline: April 29, 2022


We have reached the maximum number of participants for this program. Please contact to be added to a waiting list.


DEI work requires individuals and organizations to take intentional actions to drive the desired progress within our field. The journey is long and often amorphous, so determining ways to impact real change can feel overwhelming.

As LeadingAge members look to deepen their commitment to DEI, now is the time to raise our individual and collective awareness, explore shared values for embarking on this journey, and identify scalable ways to cultivate an ongoing practice of diversity, inclusion and belonging within provider organizations.


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 grey areas and engage in generative conversations with a diverse group of peers.


  • To maximize member time and attention, the series will take place virtually on Zoom once a month (May – September).
  • 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 as well as small and full group conversations.
  • Reading, videos, and other resources will be assigned between sessions to encourage personal exploration and continued learning.

Questions? Please contact


This virtual shared learning series is designed for any LeadingAge provider member – irrespective of their professional experience, job title, or type of position within an organization – with a desire for self-growth and commitment to impacting change in the realm of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To enrich this learning experience, we are striving for a broad and diverse cohort of participants. That’s why we’re making financial support available for organizations that cannot cover the full participant fee. Guided by our DEI Commitment, LeadingAge seeks to eliminate barriers to participation in the shared learning series. Please reach out to if your organization needs help supporting your participation in this program.


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.


  • Looking Within: Making it Personal

    Consider the role of individual work in your organizational journey and how intersecting identities like race, age, ability, and gender, impact our lived experiences.

    May 18 (1:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET)


  • The Leaders Role in Change Management

    Together we’ll ask what it means to strive for inclusivity when managing change and consider how intentional transitions within an organization might look.

    June 16 (1:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET)


  • Identifying Tools and Practices

    Gain a deeper understanding of core DEI concepts like unconscious bias and allyship and identify tools and practices to raise your self-awareness and bolster your organizational work.

    July 19 (1:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET)


  • Cultivating Cultures of Belonging

    Explore ways in which you can embrace diversity within your community and create environments where everyone feels a sense of belonging.

    August 18 (1:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET)


  • Sustaining Commitment and Avoiding Burnout

    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.

    September 22 (1:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET)


  • In-Person Peer Group Networking (optional)

    Join us for an opportunity to connect in-person at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Denver, CO.

    October (Date and time TBD)

Please Note: This program has not been approved for continuing education (CE) credits.


The series is open to LeadingAge provider members only and is limited to the first 20 participants.  


  • A non-refundable fee of $799 per person is required to participate; additional participants from the same organization must each register and pay separately.
  • Registration Deadline: April 29, 2022


Cancelation Policy

Cancellations must be received at least 14 days prior to the start of the series for a full refund (minus a $100 administrative fee). Cancellations made after this time will be considered a no-show and are non-refundable. For cancellations, please contact



The shared learning series co-facilitators bring extensive facilitation experience that will help support community building and guide dialogue to prompt new thinking.


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.



DEI practitioners and subject matter experts will offer foundational information throughout the series and help lay the groundwork for group conversations and dialogue.

Jeffrey Ash, EdD (he/him/his)

Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at University of Maryland School of Nursing. Jeffrey’s work focuses on leadership development, race and gender relationships, and dialogue facilitation.


Ian Brown, MS, MA (he/him/his)

Vice-President, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Erickson Senior Living. Ian’s work focuses on developing inclusive leaders who are self-aware, empathetic, compassionate, curious, and accountable.


Allison Conyers, MSOD (she/her/hers)

Executive Coach and Capacity Building Consultant. Allison’s work focuses on supporting individuals and groups in creating more inclusive and equitable workplaces and communities.


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.