Youngest Bestselling Business Author in American History
Alex Banayan is the youngest bestselling business author in American history. A renowned expert on perseverance and exponential growth, Banayan has presented the Third Door™ framework to business conferences and corporate leadership teams around the world, including Apple, Google, Nike, IBM, Snapchat, Salesforce, Delta Airlines, Mastercard, and Disney.
The Third Door chronicles Banayan's seven-year quest to uncover the definitive mindset of success. The book is a #1 international bestseller, has been translated into more than a dozen languages, and has been acclaimed by the New York Post as "a joy to read."
Named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" list and Business Insider's "Most Powerful People Under 30," Alex Banayan is his generation's leading expert in high performance and personal development, having been featured in FORTUNE, CNBC, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Washington Post, MSNBC, Fox News, and NBC News.
Co-Founder, Executive Equity Officer, F.E.A.R.S. Advantage
Kemy Joseph is on a mission to help 5 million business leaders advance equity in their organizations by 2030 to create a world where people of all backgrounds can live safely and thrive.
Kemy helps purpose-driven business executives leverage equity as a pathway to prosperity to effectively lead their diverse teams through conflicts involving race, politics, and privilege. In a time where people feel so disconnected and unsafe, he’s able to create virtual safe spaces where people have real conversations that build trust, repair relationships, and create new sustainable solutions. He also uses a multi-camera setup with music, stories, and group exercises to create highly engaging, transformational experiences!
Most people see Kemy’s bright smile, but wouldn’t imagine the hardships behind it. Being raised in Miami, FL as a first generation Haitian American, he lived in a single-parent household with nine siblings where poverty, violence, and racial inequity traumatized him at an early age.
Growing up, he was socialized as a sexist, racist, homophobe, bigot, bully, and criminal.
As an adult he’s made the extraordinary effort to re-socialize himself into a human being — a healthy, educated black man who respects women, celebrates diversity, and supports the equal rights of all people. His journey represents the transformation that’s possible when we use negative experiences for positive change and learn the skills we need to treat others equitably. From that humbled perspective, he brings a great deal of empathy, hope, and productivity to these often difficult conversations.
By Brad Williams, Ed.D., Argentum senior vice president, business operations
Here are some high-level takeaways to lead senior living in 2022, drawn from the wealth of expertise shared at the leadership discussions, leadership sessions, and powerful keynote presentations from James Rhee and Ken Gronbach at the Senior Living Leadership Summit hosted by Argentum.
Find what you do right and amplify it. If you provide great care, talk about your care more than anything else. If you provide great socialization, talk about your socialization. Whatever it is you do right, amplify it.
Find your one purpose as a provider, and all your work will become far easier, as that purpose leads your strategy and all your decision-making.
If the math is right and kindness is at play, you will do well. If you can check those two boxes with all you do, then you are moving in the right direction.
Senior living providers do incredibly important work. We have to become better storytellers. This is an educational movement. It’s bigger than any one of us. Tell the story of senior living.
Do not let fear dictate decisions or temper your voice. Share what you do; do so with unapologetic pride.
More customers are on the way and more workers are on the way. U.S. demographics couldn’t be better for senior living growth as boomers are aging and the larger Gen Y generation is entering the workforce. Help is on the way.
The math is right. Demographics is not rocket science, it’s math and it doesn’t lie. The numbers work for senior living expansion. Be prepared and you can maximize it. (Yes, both keynotes were very intent on math.)
Embrace and focus on diversity. It’s the future and it’s very important to your business. Recruit diversity at all levels and thank them for saving the U.S. workforce.
Hire a millennial to hire millennials. They are the only people that know how to talk to millennials. Nobody else knows how to speak to millennials, so don’t even try it.
Hire Gen Y to tell your story. They know how to do it better than any other generation.
Take HR seriously. Your future depends on it. Make HR an executive position in your organization and a key strategy.
Meet these three demands of boomers and watch your business flourish: 1) Make my life easy; 2) Save me time; 3) Don’t rip me off.
These conversations will carry forward as we chart a future path for senior living expansion and growth. The 2022 Senior Living Leadership Summit will take place November 14-16 at the JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, NV.