Lifetime Achievement Award winner Mary Ousley and a host of other top executives fill the speakers roster at the first McKnight’s Women of Distinction Forum on May 19.

The Forum features three educational webinars, each carrying the ability to earn one free CE credit. It takes place the day after the 2021 Women of Distinction awards ceremony. Both days’ events are open to a broad audience, including women and men from all layers of long-term and senior care. There is no cost to attend. Registration is ongoing.

The first Forum session will be “Addressing pandemic challenges with success.” It will showcase industry leaders in senior living and skilled nursing who have successfully dealt with COVID-19-related challenges. The 11 a.m. ET webinar will offer best practices and useful tips. 

Speaking will be Covenant Living Communities and Services CEO Terri Cunliffe; Hebrew Home at Riverdale Chief Operating Officer David Pomeranz; Life Plan Communities Senior Vice President/Senior Director Allison Pendroy; and Goodman Group Vice President Kim Te Brugge. Cunliffe and Te Brugge will be inducted into the McKnight’s Women of Distinction Hall of Honor the night before.

“Finding success in increasing diversity and inclusion” is the second session. It starts at 12:15 ET and will feature dynamic speakers such as Christian Living Communities President and CEO Jill-Vitale Aussem; Brookdale Senior Living President and CEO Lucinda “Cindy” Baier; A.G. Rhodes CEO Deke Cateau; and Eclipse Senior Living CEO Kai Hsiao. Baier is a 2020 McKnight’s Hall of Honor inductee.

The third session, “Secrets to career success,” starts at 1:30 ET and leads with Ousley, currently chief strategy officer for PruittHealth. Five 2021 Hall of Honor inductees will fill out the dais: Allure Group Chief Operating Officer Melissa Powell; Green House Project Senior Director Susan Ryan; LeadingAge Senior Vice President of Research Robyn Stone, DrPH; Belmont Village Senior Living founder and CEO Patricia Will; and Birmingham Green CEO Denise Chadwick Wright.

They will focus on career-building facets such as mentoring, networking, developing assertiveness, career advancement, leadership succession planning and establishing organizational culture, among others.

The night before (May 18) the spotlight will be on 52 top women leaders who are honorees in the 2021 Women of Distinction program. Those include Ousley, the Lifetime Achievement Award winner, 19 Hall of Honor inductees, 15 Veteran VIPs and 17 Rising Stars.

Each will be featured in her own congratulatory video segment in an online program that also will feature guest appearances and other special touches. For more about either program, or to register, visit

The McKnight’s Women of Distinction program is jointly administered by McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and McKnight’s Senior Living. The program’s Diamond sponsor is PointClickCare, and the Roundtable Sponsor is Paycor.