Illinois Leaders Program

Illinois Leaders – Class of 2024
IHCA’s Illinois Leaders Program works to develop leaders within the Association and Illinois’ long term care profession. The program is modeled after the American Health Care Association's Future Leaders, with an exclusive group of IHCA-member professionals chosen for their demonstrated leadership skills, support of the Association and an interest in pursuing leadership pathways to improve their personal and professional skills. Graduates of the Illinois Leaders Program will receive priority nomination for the AHCA Future Leaders program. The new class is selected in the fall and will start the program in November. The class of 2024 will culminate with a graduation at the IHCA convention.

If you have questions about the IHCA Illinois Leaders program, email Ashley Caldwell at or call the IHCA office at 217.528.6455.

About the Program
The IHCA Illinois Leaders program kicks off with an informative and interactive two-day event that includes leadership training and case study discussions. Illinois Leaders will receive complimentary reading material to help instill leadership qualities. Throughout this year-long program, participants will have the opportunity to network with the IHCA Board of Directors, staff and key stakeholders through a variety of activities, including conference calls, Lobby Day events and a class graduation event at the Annual IHCA Convention & Expo.

Illinois Leaders class members are selected by a committee made up of individuals from Illinois who have participated in AHCA’s Future Leaders program. Individuals may be nominated by IHCA Board members, AHCA Future Leader alumni from Illinois, an IHCA member center administrator or they may self-nominate.

What to Expect
There is no cost to participate in the IHCA Illinois Leaders program. There may be some incidental program expenses the participants may have to pay, but they should be minimal. Participants in the Illinois Leaders program will receive pre-program reading materials and are expected to participate in all meetings/conference calls. You must be employed by an IHCA member in good standing and attend the Class Kickoff Training to be considered part of this program. If conference calls or meetings are missed without correspondence with the class liaison, participants may be asked to step down from the program.

Reading List
  • Return of Compassion in Health Care, V. Tellis-Nayak & Mary Tellis-Nayak
  •  7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey
  •  Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni
  •  Ideal Team Player, Patrick Lencioni
  •  Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive, Patrick Lencioni
  •  The MotivePatrick Lencioni
  •  Silos, Politic, and Turf Wars, Patrick Lencioni
  •  Leadership and Self Deception, The Arbinger Institute
  • Crucial ConversationsKerry Patterson & Joseph Grenny‚Äč
  •  Crucial Accountability, Kerry Patterson & Joseph Grenny


Thank you to Consonus Healthcare for sponsoring the Illinois Leaders Program!

With more than 25 years of experience, Consonus Healthcare provides rehabilitation, pharmacy, PACT and consulting services to the long term care profession. These well-established services are under one unified company, bringing quantifiable long-term value and undeniable passion to every partnership.

The professionals at Consonus Rehab Services show facilities how to maximize its rehabilitation program to improve patient outcomes; and design a management program to increase census and revenue. 

Consonus’ comprehensive pharmacy services are designed specifically for the long term care profession, which allows facilities to maximize occupancy, increase resident retention and improve residents' functional independence.

Consonus’ Post Acute Care Transformation program, or PACT, is designed to help Consonus customers meet the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Triple Aim Accountability requirements.

Consonus consultants are experts in understanding the industry, and are passionate about creating solutions that work. They have a proven track record of helping facilities more efficiently meet regulatory demands while always keeping resident health and fiscal responsibility at the forefront.