Welcome to the EMERGE page! For questions about the program
or scholarship availability:

Kevin Tuuaga
Education and Events Manager
(916) 469-3365

Presenting Sponsor

Leadership Sponsor




LeadingAge California has partnered with Sodexo and Masonic Home of California to offer a comprehensive leadership development program specifically designed to better prepare its membership for the future. 



2017-18 Sponsorship Opportunities: Learn More

The program is available to anyone who is a LeadingAge California Member, irrespective of position or work experience. It is far more important for candidates to demonstrate potential within their organizations and the field of aging services than it is for them to carry specific job titles.

2017-18 Class Roster:
Mia Almonte, Valley Vista; Lucy Ascalon, San Francisco Towers; Yolanda Barba, Beacon Communities; Davina Barker, Eskaton Fountainwood Lodge; Ferdie Buot, The Sequoias Portola Valley; Bradley Burgoyne, Terraces of Los Gatos; Beatriz Camerena, TELACU Residential Management; Andrea Campisi, The Reutlinger Community; Amy Carson, Mount Miguel Covenant Village; Mario Chavez, Beacon Communities; Denise Edmunds, Eskaton; Zuly Garcia-Uicab, Valley Vista; Glen Gillum, Eskaton Lodge Cameron Park; Morgan Jarek, Valle Verde Retirement Community; Esther Koc, Episcopal Senior Communities; Kristina Lugo, Institute on Aging; Angelina Machado, Carmel Valley Manor; Tia Owens, Casa de los Amigos; Shannon Penick Piexoto, Santa Clara Methodist Retirement Foundation; William Penrod, Sunny View; Chris Regan, Carmel Valley Manor; Susan Ruan, Beacon Communities; Nathaniel Runas, Baywood Court; Geoven Snaer, Canterbury Woods; Charmaine Verador, Los Gatos Meadows; Charles White, O'Connor Woods

Mission of the Program:
EMERGE is a year-long growth and development experience for high potential leaders seeking to transform themselves and their organizations.

To prepare future generations of individuals to successfully lead highly engaged and innovative organizations.

• Create a shared meaning of leadership and its fundamental principles.
• Help Fellows explore various dimensions of transformational leadership, with a focus on relationship building.
• Support Fellows in their individual leadership journeys, promoting self-awareness and authenticity.
• Develop a network of Fellows who will support one another as well as the values of the program.
• Enhance loyalty to and engagement with LeadingAge California.
• Increase the value to member organizations who sponsor Fellows.


"EMERGE is a yearlong personal discovery journey that has transformed my perspective on leadership in both my professional and personal life. It provided me the necessary insight, tools, and techniques that taught me how to lead in life's most challenging moments. The structure of the sessions are strategically planned to ensure a proper balance of theory, personal discovery, and direct application through site visits, focussed discussions, and creative exercises."
- Tyler Ichien, The Terraces of Los Gatos




Delivery Model: Participants will engage in four small group, customized learning experiences that include site visits to LeadingAge California member communities, reading assignments from a wide range of authors and experts in the field of leadership development, along with group exercises and class activities aimed towards achieving a self- exploration of different leadership styles.

Mentorship and Networking

Fellows will have the opportunity to connect with a mentoring Coach throughout the duration of the program and will participate in monthly team calls in between class sessions. The monthly team calls will allow fellows to obtain the tools, experiences, and connections needed to become change agents and inclusive leaders.

Action Learning Project

An important element of this program is the assigned Action Learning Project (ALP) in which fellows create an idea or act on an opportunity around the themes of change and innovation and bring that project back to their own organization. ALPs offer a chance to reflect individually and in groups where fellows receive feedback and insight from their peers, mentors, and facilitators on how to successfully lead change through the work of their ALP.

CEUs and Course Themes: Participants will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) after each session of the program. Total CEU hours are pending and based upon the curriculum content submitted for each session.

• Session One: Finding Your Leadership Voice
• Session Two: Leading Change and Innovation
• Session Three: Inspiring and Motivating Others
• Session Four: Discovering a Work/Life Balance



The $1,999 program tuition includes:

• Over 50 hours of face-to-face instruction
• Continuing Education Units after each session
• Course materials
• An extensive online Leadership Practices Inventory assessment
• Continental breakfast and full lunch for each class date
• Complimentary registration to the 2015 LeadingAge California Annual Conference and 2016 Public Policy Conference (attendance required)
• Graduation celebration
• Certificate of Completion


2017-18 Schedule

May 2-4, 2017: Finding Your Leadership Voice
EMERGE Session One: in conjunction with LeadingAge California's 2017 Annual Conference

September 12-13, 2017: Leading Change and Innovation
EMERGE Session Two: Hillcrest, LaVerne, CA.

December 5-6, 2017: Inspiring and Motivating Others
EMERGE Session Three: Motion Picture & Television Fund, Woodland Hills, CA.

March TBD, 2018: Discovering a Work/Life Balance
EMERGE Session Four: in conjunction with LeadingAge California's 2018 Policy & Leadership Summit



Action Learning Projects

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Class of 2016

Class of 2015

Class of 2014

Class of 2013

Class of 2011