Jill’s first high school job was working in the kitchen of a nursing home. As she ladled pureed glop into plastic bowls and watched residents sitting slumped over in wheelchairs, she thought, “I can’t believe people have to live this way at the end of their lives.”
Since her mid-20’s, Jill has made the culture of nursing homes, assisted living communities and retirement communities her life’s work as a nursing home administrator, CCRC executive director and vice president of operations. In each role, Jill pushed back against the status quo and drove deep cultural transformation. In doing so, she realized that ageist and ableist thinking are behind the majority of the problems in long term care and senior living services.
Since 2018, Jill has served as President & CEO of The Eden Alternative, an international non-profit dedicated to creating quality of life for elders and their care partners, no matter where they may live. She is the author of Disrupting the Status Quo of Senior Living: A Mindshift and speaks nationally on the topics of culture, leadership, and ageism. Full of engaging stories, Jill’s presentations meld aging research, ideas from some of the most influential thinkers in the aging services field, and her own mistakes and successes in transforming senior living cultures.
Keynotes and workshop topics include:
Mindshifts: Disrupting the status quo of senior living
Combatting Ageism and Ableism
Stranded: What a hurricane can teach us about senior living
How May I Hurt You? Why hospitality is not the answer in senior living
Making it Happen: Lessons in change leadership
Becoming Community Builders
Beyond the Double Doors: Creating inclusivity in aging services
Jill welcomes inquiries about speaking engagements and can adapt content and presentation style to many different audience types