The following recap of the 2012 Aging Services of California Annual Conference was submitted by Chrys Nguyen, Senior Executive, Human Resources at Navigage, an Aging Services of California Member Community. Nguyen volunteers in numerous Aging Services initiatives including various committees, region leadership, and she spearheaded the creation of the Aging Services Human Resource Professionals Network.
Inspire. Serve. Advocate.
There were many firsts at the Aging Services of California (ASC) conference in Palm Springs. For the first time, the Human Resources (HR) Steering Committee developed the HR education track which focused on strategic and practical issues. ASC sponsored the very first HR dinner held at a conference for HR professional attendees. We had dinner at Lulu’s Bistro and were engaged in conversation learning about each other’s organizations and of shared best practices. Everyone left feeling inspired hearing about the creative and innovative approaches from other HR colleagues and look forward to collaborating in the future.
The keynote speakers reinforced the importance and value of the work we do. Ken Dychwald challenged us about how we think about aging. Dick Edwards challenged us to be proactive and initiate dialogue with our aging parents. Their messages solidified that we need to constantly study and be aware of the consumer changes and attitudes to serve them how they want to be served.
The ASC Board has proposed to change to association’s name to LeadingAge California to be voted on by the membership over the fall months. This would align our association with a national movement to expand the world of possibilities for aging and further our advocacy efforts. As HR professionals and members in California, we join the charge in changing the way we think about our work and how others think of us.