Leadership on Fire

Friendship Haven President and CEO, Julie Thorson…

Guest Column

In 2015 Julie was approached by McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, the pre-eminent national media brand for caregiving professionals in skilled nursing and post-acute care. When asked if she would agree to be a regular contributor to their online publication, she embraced the opportunity and continues submitting her article monthly. In 2016, her “Living Leadership” blog was named the “Best New Department” Bronze Award winner by the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors.

Check out her latest guest columns here:

Leadership Training

One of the many benefits to being a part of the Friendship Haven team is the opportunity to further your leadership knowledge and experience no matter your job position. Everyone can be a leader at Friendship Haven. Most of this training comes from the Friendship Haven Experience, Journey, and Academy, all of which are multi-day courses guided by our head coach, Julie Thorson. These leadership courses allow team members to learn more about themselves and their teammates across campus. These courses build off of one another and give our team members the tools they need to better lead their teams whether it be at work or at home.

The best part is, this training is offered by Julie off-campus for other organizations or companies. Interested in immersing your team into a new way of thinking about leadership? Email nconrad@friendshiphaven.org to find out more information.


LeadingAge National Leadership Academy

Friendship Haven often tries to encourage leaders from our campus to participate in the Leadership Academy hosted through the National LeadingAge organization. In 2022, our Chief Operations & Financial Officer, Kalleen Engels, graduated from the Academy and had the opportunity to present at the National LeadingAge Expo in Denver, Colorado. Kalleen was able to learn new leadership skills and learn more about becoming a better leader with members from other senior living and senior care communities from across the country. For 2023, Friendship Haven’s very own Administrator, Erin Hoversten-Majewski, graduated the National Leadership Academy with LeadingAge, and presented at the Expo this Fall in Chicago.

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