The Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina’s Annual Leadership Conference will be held Sept. 21–22, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Resort at Wrightsville Beach. What I really like about this conference is that most of the sessions are uniquely crafted to focus on decisions made at a management level and come from leaders who work or have worked closely in the home care, home health or hospice field. It doesn’t hurt that this year’s conference is located directly on the beach!
It was very hard to choose only three specific, do-not-miss sessions this year as so many are impressive. Here are the sessions that I believe reflect the overall theme of the conference — Unlock the Treasure Trove of Leadership
1. The Opening General Session, Earning Leadership: The Delicate Balance between Managing and Leading. is on Monday, Sept. 21 from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m.
Why you should go: Emily Dunlap Carter is the president and franchise owner of The Dale Carnegie Training of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Under Emily’s leadership, her sales and delivery team navigate client relationships and training projects spanning across 59 North Carolina counties from Salisbury to Wilmington. Her message on leadership will kick the conference off on a great note by sharing her lessons learned and strategies that have helped her team and business grow. Emily’s session leads directly into the State of the State address from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., which gives attendees a diverse group of speakers to learn from including: Renee Montgomery and Matt Wolf, attorneys with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, along with Tracy Colvard, VP of Government Relations and Kathie Smith, RN, VP of State Relations for AHHC of North Carolina.
2. Increasing Cultural Competency: Similarities and Differences in Major World Religions for Health Care Providers gives you the opportunity to hear from Larry Dawalt, M. Div., CT, CTSS, senior director of spiritual and grief care services for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
Why you should go: This unique session will give attendees an inside look at the most prominent major world religions. Additionally, Larry will review religious parallels and provide some current information about religious trends in America and around the world. Leaders who take the time to gain this knowledge and become culturally sensitive of their clients and referral sources will be steps ahead of their competitors. Participants will learn specific beliefs and practices related to diet, sickness, and end-of-life issues including specific practices at time of death, burial rituals and memorializing practices. Common beliefs will also be explored to the degree where we meet ‘as humans first’ with particular emphasis on increasing cultural competency as a part of clinical practice.
3. Take the time to attend Jason Clamme’s session as well. He is the MPA, director of community outreach for Lower Cape Fear Hospice and his session is titled, Talking Hospice without Talking Hospice: How Lower Cape Fear Hospice Used Begin the Conversation to Increase Community Engagement. He will provide great insight and creativity around his lessons learned in engaging the community around the topic of hospice.
Why you should go: This session will drill down and teach participants how to appropriately begin the conversation about hospice and Jason will give everyone an inside view at a program developed by Lower Cape Fear Hospice to not only educate the community, but also support the growth of hospice and palliative care. Jason shares stories about how they launched this initiative and will provide valid feedback that you can take back to your communities.
On the social side, don’t forget to stop by the vendor reception, Sea, Beautiful Sea event on Monday, Sept. 21 from 5:00–5:45 p.m. These are always fun and a great way to network outside of the workshops. It will feature light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar and will be followed up by another three-hour reception at the hotel bar to continue the conversation with folks you meet.
I’ll be at the PlayMaker CRM booth in the exhibit hall area. Stop by and see me. If you are on Twitter, follow us @PlayMakerCRM and use the hash tag for the conference: #AHHCleadership15.
Hopefully you can fit in some beach time too! See you at the conference.