Student Program

Student Program

Annual Meeting Student PROGRAM

Join the most trusted voice in aging at the largest and most respected event in aging services.

The goal of the student program at the Annual Meeting is to expose and connect students to opportunities in the field of aging services. LeadingAge has developed a robust program that includes networking, leadership development, and career advice for one of the largest growing industries today.
The student program begins late afternoon/evening of Saturday, October 26th at the San Diego Convention Center.

The program is open to students enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university at the undergraduate or graduate level. Students must be at least 18 years old.

Cost: $99* (does not include travel or accommodations)

*Please Note: Full-time university-affiliated faculty who bring students to attend the meeting are eligible to register and attend at the student rate. Student(s) should register to attend before/at the same time faculty register. Faculty will be asked to upload their faculty ID card upon registering.

Click here - start $99 student registration & follow below instructions.
Select the 'Student' Registration button and create an account/login. Be sure to select the ‘STUDENT’ code in the ‘select code or discounted rate’ drop down menu on the first registration page. On the next page, after you enter your personal information, in the registration category drop down, select ‘Student Full Meeting - $99’ and complete the remaining parts of the registration form, including uploading your student ID/transcript, session selections, etc. Please allow a few days for verification and approval. Note: No CEs for student/faculty category.

Included in registration:

  • Unlimited access to the Annual Meeting & EXPO
  • Student Program Events
  • NextGen Program Events
  • Complimentary LeadingAge Student Membership



4:00 - 5:00 PM
Student Welcome Reception
Location: 31 B Foyer
Get to know fellow students from across the country at this informal student welcome reception.

5:00 – 8:00 pm
Spark! Reception & Live Presentations
Location: Center Terrace
Become inspired by and network with LeadingAge’s incredible Leadership Academy fellows.
Spark is the culmination of the year-long LeadingAge Leadership Academy Experience. Spark begins with a casual reception at 5:00 pm. At 5:30 pm Leadership Academy fellows will begin their presentations. Students are invited to attend the reception and the Spark event. 


8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M
Honing Your Authentic Leadership
Location: 20 D
Students will join LeadingAge members in exploring Authentic Leadership. Students will be strategically incorporated into this Deep Dive.

  • Understand the importance of self-awareness and reflection in leadership practice, and appreciate how your unique personality, passions, and experiences as a leader influence your leadership style.
  • Explore opportunities to become a more self-aware leader, and learn how to know and act on your authentic self to enhance your ability to lead.
  • Appreciate the role of a support team that will help you remain true to your authentic self and help you integrate balance and meaning into your life and your work.

Kelly Papa, Vice President of Strategy and Community Life, Duncaster

12:00 P.M - 12:45 PM
Student Lunch with LeadingAge Mentors
Location: Center Terrace
After the deep dive, stick to further explore Authentic Leadership over a student mentoring lunch. LeadingAge members will mentor students over lunch and discuss the authentic leadership concepts covered in the Deep Dive.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Keynote: Nine Lies About Work with Marcus Buckingham
Location: Hall H
Enjoy the opening keynote session with Marcus Buckingham. Seating will be reserved for students.


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Leaders in Residence Lunch
Location: Center Terrace
Don’t miss this opportunity. LeadingAge has selected inspiring and accomplished leaders in the field of aging services to have lunch with students and NextGen leaders. Explore leadership concepts and career paths in a world cafe model session over lunch with current and future leaders of aging services.


Student Union

Location: Lobby D
LeadingAge’s Student Union is space dedicated to students. Use this space to connect with your fellow students, network with LeadingAge members and to learn from LeadingAge CareerPath Talks. 

LeadingAge Chats @ the LeadingAge Student Union
Location: Student Union
Learn from experts in the field at informal chat sessions. Featured topics include career paths, job search, career skills, credentialing/licensing, graduate school and more... Attend as many as you would like. The schedule is published on the app.

NextGen Events
The NextGen is a LeadingAge professional network of new leaders in the field of aging. Several events will be designed and offered by members of the network to assist new and/or younger leaders in developing their professional networking skills.

Unlimited Access to the LeadingAge Annual Meeting + EXPO

  • Education Sessions
  • Keynotes
  • Expo Hall Events
  • Headshots - Don’t have a headshot? This is your opportunity to obtain a professional headshot for free. The headshot studio includes hair, make-up and professional photography
  • Chopped - Watch chefs compete and turn baskets of mystery ingredients into an inventive three-course meal.

Unique Events

  • End Ageism 5K Walk/Run (extra fee required)
  • FC Ziegler vs. FC PS Salon & Spa Soccer Game
  • Turning Point  Movie Screening 

Recommended Sessions for Students

36-A: The Stewardship of Culture in Faith-Based Organizations
146-A: Leadership in Aging Services Organizations: Developing a Reflexive Approach

59-B: Starting at Home: Dismantling Ageism in Our Field
75-B: Alzheimer’s Disease Up Close: See ME, Hear ME

60-C: Creating Inclusive Wellness Programs for Residents and Staff
150-C: Stop With the Millennials! Creating Truly Intergenerational Workplaces

135-D: Policy Expert Panel
153-D: Learning from Women in Leadership

46-E: CEO Panel: Insights from Fellow Leaders
65-E: End of Life: Learning From Hospice

49-F: Intrapreneurship: A Practical Guide to Accelerating Innovation
157-F: How To Be a Great First Boss

15-G: Technology Innovation: Tools and Lessons for Adoption and Dissemination
52-G: Navigating Your Way to a Successful Post-Acute Care Strategy

Vision Keynote: Nine Lies About Work Marcus Buckingham
Inspire Keynote: The Power of Moments Dan Heath

54-H: Clean Slate: Making a Fresh Start on the Road to Innovation
161-H: Workforce and Leadership Development: A Path to Employee Growth

Annual Meeting Student Scholarship Information

LeadingAge invites full-time students to submit scholarship applications for a chance to attend the meeting. Applicants can apply for either a Student Conference Registration Scholarship or a Student Full Scholarship.

Please note, a limited number of Student Full Scholarships (Registration and Travel) are available. Please see the scholarship application and acceptance schedule below.

Student Conference Registration Scholarship includes:

  • Individual Student registration for the four-day conference (Sunday-Wednesday)
    The student program begins late afternoon/evening of Saturday, October 26th at the San Diego Convention Center.

Student Full Scholarship (Registration and Travel) includes:

  • Individual Student registration for the four-day conference (Sunday-Wednesday)
  • Hotel accommodations (Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights - 4 nights only)
  • Travel (covers roundtrip airfare to/from San Diego, does not include ground transportation)
  • Free EXPO lunch included Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (other meals not included)

Sorry, we are no longer accepting student application submissions.

Deadline to apply –Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Notification of acceptance  – by mid-September 2019

To learn more about the student program and registering for the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO, please contact LeadingAge Conference Services at 1-844-840-4669 option 1 or

Help Us Engage in the Next Generation of Leaders

To become a donor please visit our LeadingAge Student Program donor page

Questions? Please call Christy Kramer at 202-508-9456.

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