Piedmont Crossing Team Member Selected to State Leadership Academy

May 14, 2019


Mary Burton, a registered nurse at Piedmont Crossing retirement community, was selected to be a Fellow in the LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy. Burton joins 14 others statewide who work in the field of aging services for the intensive year-long program.

The LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy is a demanding program designed to develop statewide aging services leaders. Fellows are mentored by a faculty of coaches from the field. Transformational leadership, innovation, and person-centered care are the focus of the curriculum that includes dialogue with state leaders, site visits, group discussion, readings, and presentations. The program emphasizes the following five themes: leadership and self- reflection, advocacy, partnerships and collaborations, innovation and change, and work life balance.

“Attending the Leadership Academy will allow Mary the opportunity to capitalize on her strengths, gain knowledge in several areas, and flourish professionally,” shared Jan Briggs, Administrator at Piedmont Crossing.

President and CEO, Tom Akins, says about the program, “We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s class and the ways that it will move the field forward. We have tremendous talent in North Carolina. The challenges in the field of aging services demand innovative solutions brought forward by thoughtful leaders.”

In addition to virtual gatherings, fellows meet face to face four times. Kick off for this year’s class was at LeadingAge North Carolina’s Annual Conference and Trade Show May 9th at the Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC.

LeadingAge North Carolina, located in Raleigh, is an association of nonprofit providers of aging services. The Association has 69 nonprofit member communities statewide that include continuing care retirement communities/life plan communities and affordable housing providers. Its members employ 15,000 mission-oriented staff serving more than 20,000 North Carolinians. The Association offers education, advocacy, networking and shared services and is the state affiliate for LeadingAge in Washington, DC (an association of 6,000 nonprofit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging).