October 28-30, 2015
Crowne Plaza, Springfield, IL

Summit 2015

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Preliminary Summit Schedule Available Now!

Preconference Intensive: 
Alive Inside Documentary and Introduction of the Music and Memory Program

Opening Keynote:
Lori Porter

General Plenary:
From the Outside In: “Un-homed” in a Dementia Unit - Jim VandenBosch, Terra Nova


This presentation will explore how our deeply ingrained and commonly accepted notions of “caregiving” can affect the quality of living for persons who need daily support in a long term care setting.  Changing our perceptions of caregiving might then also help us change the care setting from a work place to a living place, and shift us away from the idea of doing for and move ustoward the deeper and richer work of enabling the individual who needs our assistance.

As part of this exploration, Jim will share his thoughts and reflections on the time he spent living as a “resident” in a dementia unit, and how his experience there helped him understand in a deeper way what is needed to carry out living-centered support for persons who are living with a cognitive disability.   Short video clips will also help illustrate the core issues involved in providing this kind of support.  

Closing Keynote
Culture Shock - Improving Your Results by Improving Your Culture

People are your greatest asset. Knowing how to offer them a compelling and uniquely supportive culture is key to attracting and keeping the best people, building upon their strengths and expanding their human potential. Conference participants leave this powerful presentation understanding the current dilemma underlying disengaged behavior, mediocrity and sabotage and gain insights into the type of systems and culture needed to enhance the healthy development of all people. At this presentation, participants learn about a 7-step process for creating a responsibility-based workplace culture and why it is so important to do.

Judy Ryan founded LifeWork Systems, an award-winning training and consulting company, in 2002. Business owners, educators and community leaders hire Judy Ryan because they want the advantages of an extraordinary workplace culture. They know responsible, conscientious employees help them grow their businesses, stand out in their industry, enhance their reputation and keep customers coming back. Judy is a consultant, trainer, writer, coach, and presenter, with guest appearances on TV and radio. Since 2006, she has a columnEmotional Intelligence in Women’s Journals across the US and since 2012, a column The Extraordinary Workplace in St. Louis Small Business Monthly. Judy’s purpose is to help all people love their lives, including at work.

Conference Rates

  • $170 members
  • $185 for early bird
  • $205 full conference rate
  • $10 for intensives
  • Register 4 or more people, $10 off per person
  • CEU’s for Members of IPC are FREE
  • CEU’s for Non-Members are $30
  • Rates include three meals

2015 IPC Sponsors and Exhibitors Wanted!

The Illinois Pioneer Coalition's 12th Annual Summit will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Illinois on October 28th-30th, 2015. More than 300 professionals and front-line staff from across Illinois attend this educational and networking Summit. These individuals work in a variety of long-term care settings and welcome the opportunity to learn about new products and services that will enhance the lives of the elders they serve. Your sponsorship will help the Illinois Pioneer Coalition to further our goal of educating those that serve elders in Illinois on the Culture Change movement.

All sponsors receive one booth, making you a visible part of our Vendor Show on Oct. 29th and are not only included in our Summit Program, but featured there to expand your exposure. The benefits of our other sponsorship opportunities vary according to level.

  • The Trade Show is held in a comfortable and secure Exhibit Hall. The Summit will include times for the attendees to visit the exhibitors, to learn about your products and services. Skirted tables will be available to all sponsors. (Electrical outlet will be available for additional cost.)
  • All attendees will receive a Summit Booklet with information about the education sessions, speakers, and sponsors.

Click here for the Sponsorship Agreement


2015 Summit Sponsors

Meaningful Living Sponsor
Sanofi Diabetes

Elder Choice Sponsor
Edward Ambulance Services
Forum Extended Care Services
Green Tree Pharmacy
Long Term Care Rx
My Resident Dental
Petersen Health Care
Uvanta Pharmacy

Neighborhood Sponsor
Alzheimer's Association
Bio Tech X-ray
Calmoseptine, Inc.
Farnsworth Group, Inc.
Gordon Food Services
Illinois Activity Professionals Association (IAPA)
Just Jewelry
LifeWork Systems
Martin Brothers Distributing
M.E.S. of Illinois, Inc.
One Legacy
Professional Medical
Select Rehabilitation
Southern Bus and Mobility
Specialized Wound Management
United Scripts
Young Living Essential Oils