In my April column I wrote about how this year you will be able to learn from other cultures at this year’s event. Specifically, I drew your attention to the sessions on the Navajo Area Indian Health Service and how Hawaiian’s are caring for their Kupuna. It was great to hear your response and enthusiasm for these opportunities.
Our advisory board met in Boston in May and once again the conversation turned to how we engage the millennial generation. The Symposium will celebrate 30 years this fall. I remarked that I receive at least one retirement announcement every month for someone I’ve known for all my almost 20 years working in this industry. Who will lead us through the next 30 years? Who will be sitting here celebrating the Symposium’s 60th anniversary?
We took the response from last month’s Leaflet column and the challenge to bring young leaders to the Symposium and set out looking for this year’s opening keynote. Earlier this week we announced that Marika Shioiri-Clark will kick off our event in Austin this September. Marika is a thoroughly modern personification of ‘think global, act local.’ Marika cut her teeth helping to design the acclaimed Butaro Hospital in northern Rwanda, as a co-founder of MASS Design Group, in collaboration with Partners in Health. The hospital has repeatedly been written up in The New York Times and identified as a game changer in architecture and design globally. Not bad for your first project out of (or, actually, still in) design school.
I cannot wait for you to hear from Marika! I think it is so important in today’s world that we look at both our local communities and the global community as to what we can do to help those in need. Marika is doing that from her own neighborhood in Cleveland to hospitals in India. She will share her stories with us. Register today so you can hear from Marika and our other impressive roster of speakers.
Jenabeth Ferguson Vice President, Symposium Director Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo
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