Nine professionals in the field of aging services from across the state of Kansas graduated last week from LeadingAge Kansas’s Center for Leadership program. Briana Hodges, LPN and Life Care Specialists at Pine Village, was one of those graduates.

Nine professionals in the field of aging services from across the state of Kansas graduated last week from LeadingAge Kansas’s Center for Leadership program. Briana Hodges, LPN and Life Care Specialists at Pine Village, was one of those graduates.

The program equips aging services professionals to positively influence the future of aging services in Kansas.

“Our goal is to grow our own leaders in Kansas,” said Dana Weaver, chief operating officer for LeadingAge Kansas. “The program provides the opportunity for these individuals to hone their leadership skills within their own organizations as well as influence the field on a macro level.”

CFL is celebrating its seventh year with great success and has had more than 90 aging services professionals participate in the year-long intensive program. The group of fellows — administrators, operators, marketing managers, human resources professionals, nurses, housing managers, and food service professionals — includes representatives from all types, sizes, and locations of aging services providers in Kansas.

“CFL is a great opportunity for us to grow our organizational leaders,” said Shelby Shaw, Pine Village Administrator. “Briana is a great asset to our team and has quickly become a rising leader in our community. We look forward to her continued success!”

Over the course of the program, fellows convene in intense seminars led by established leaders in the field. The curriculum covers aging service issues from business, leadership, and public policy perspectives. Participants learn about innovative services, person-centeredness, and transformational leadership. They gain an understanding of how to lead through difficulty and continually improve the field for tomorrow’s seniors.