Carolyn Leevy, Foulkeways Director of Fitness, is among the first graduates of ICAA Education, Inc.’s Leadership in Wellness Management program. ICAA is a sister company of the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA), a professional association that has led, connected and defined the active-aging industry since 2001.
As a professional working in the fast-growing field of older adult wellness, where the need for professional training and development has never been more urgent, Carolyn was proud to have attended and graduated from the program.
The specialized knowledge and techniques gained during this intensive, multi-week program promises to usher in a new level of expertise and relevance to her role as Fitness Director at Foulkeways. At the same time, it will provide a competitive edge for the operation by setting a new standard for wellness in the community and improving the lives of residents seeking measurable results from their activities.
“I will certainly be using a lot of the systems and knowledge I gained from the course,” says Carolyn. “My staff and colleagues who haven’t taken it yet will also benefit from my learning – hopefully to the point of taking it themselves when they’re able.”
The curriculum focuses on business management and leadership, with course participants undertaking self-discovery activities, building their knowledge of wellness as it applies to wellness business practices, and leaving with new strategies for enhancing their existing programs or careers. Topics range from effective communication to creating and managing teams, performance evaluation and identifying key resources and technology.
The program began in April, 2018. Carolyn was among the members of the first graduating class. Foulkeways at Gwynedd, a continuing care retirement community, is home to more than 400, 65 and older adults. It is situated on 130 acres of beautiful, wooded countryside in Montgomery County, with an abundance of walking trails and wildlife. Guided by Quaker values, Foulkeways has set standards of excellence in retirement living for nearly 50 years.