An Interview with Larry Slatky, Summer Leadership Conference Organizer

IMG_0381Larry’s History with the Summer Leadership Conference

In the early 1980s, while working at Parkview Nursing Home (Larry started there at 17!), I got more involved in the American College of Healthcare Administrator’s. Young managers and administrators couldn’t afford to go to national/regional meetings. So I volunteered on the conference and education committees for the New York Chapter of ACHCA. Back then, some companies would sponsor events to get access to SNF administrators, so I started asking destinations and transport companies to help with college events. Partnerships were developed, including with Eastern Airlines.

The first summer leadership conference was in Barbados in 1982. After looking at 2 to 3 destinations, I took the risk and planned the first Summer Leadership Conference for Barbados. It was called the “The American Series.” It was a terrific success, with 45 attendees and program was hit. After the second successful program in Barbados, we experimented with locations and even cruising. After 9-11, we settled on Bermuda as the consistent location. Hamilton was the site for many years, then the conference was forced to switch to Southampton when the Hamilton location was renovated. The conference has been there ever since!

What Are the Best Things About the Summer Leadership Conference?

The best thing about the Summer Leadership Conference after all these years is being there with my friends and colleagues. We’ve grown close over the years – much of this commenced and centered around the SLC – at the professional development level, there’s a level of honesty and openness. This is a great place to see first-hand different styles – no unions, different approaches – you really get close to people from different cultures. I love watching people stay young with you, while we’re all growing old! Everyone’s comfortable, safe, and secure. Each year when I leave I can’t wait to get back! Four Ways is a great restaurant to dine at during the conference. And, playing golf at the executive course, Southampton is always a highlight of the event – the scenery and the course itself is great.

Do you have any suggestions for new attendees / first time participants?

The rates at the hotel are great, because we’re one of their oldest groups there, so newcomers should plan to linger a few days and take advantage of this. The water sports available are amazing. Bermuda is great at night, but it’s also a day-centered destination where families go – it’s where my kids and I go to get together. It’s a great place to renew all types of relationships – including your wife!

Take advantage of the mornings – they’re beautiful. Take a walk or a jog, or a walk up to the lighthouse. Of course, you need to go to the beach. Make a visit to the aquariums. Go into town, it’s so clean and family friendly, and old – it’s been there 400 years! Summer is the high season for weather and water sports – this is their season! Take advantage of the water sports, make sure you take a ride on a jet ski!

Looking forward to seeing everyone and a great conference!

Earn 15 Continuing Education Credits at the Summer Leadership Conference

SLC_Broch1Attend the Summer Leadership Conference and earn 15 continuing education credits. The New York State Health Facilities Association is a certified sponsor of professional continuing education with the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB). NYSHFA has submitted for 15 CEUs from NAB for this program. State licensure boards have final authority on the educational program facilitated by acceptance of individual courses. ACHCA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Learn more about the program here!


The New York Chapter of the ACHCA (NYC-ACHCA) is a State affiliate, of the ACHCA that was founded in 1962, the American College of Health Care Administrators is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of long term care administrators and executives. Focusing on advancing leadership excellence, NYC-ACHCA provides professional education and certification to administrators from across the spectrum of long term care. Learn more at


The New York State Health Facilities Association and New York State Center for Assisted Living is a member-driven association of providers of long-term care services, caring for individuals of all ages in proprietary, not-for-profit, and government-sponsored skilled nursing, post-acute, rehab, adult care and assisted living communities across the state of New York. For more information, visit

Who Should Attend the Summer Leadership Conference? It Starts with You!

SLC_Broch2If you are a long-term care leader who wants to enhance your management skills while creating a culture in which your team feels empowered to provide patients with a higher level of service, this conference is for you and top managers you depend on. Administrators, Owners, CEOs, ACHCA and NYSHFA members and non-members, and other health care company providers will all benefit from this 5-day workshop. Leading a health care services organization has rarely been tougher than it is today. Ongoing regulatory and payment challenges, human resource issues including generational, cultural, and language differences, as well as consumer demands can all challenge leaders and managers. Best-in-

Class models for leadership, sound principles of management and the behavioral science of motivation will be presented in a series of highly interactive sessions. You will return to work equipped with new insights, a replenished supply of leadership tools, and a personal program for success.

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The Summer Leadership Conference 2016

leadership in healthcareWhether it’s increasing government and intermediary intervention, or recruitment and retention issues, the challenges of healthcare leadership have never been more demanding. We are being asked to do more with less.

A fascinating article in the New York Times highlights the insights gleaned by Google as it attempted to build the “perfect team”. Many of these lessons are valuable for healthcare leaders, and are front and center at The Summer Leadership Conference this July in Bermuda.

Developing teams, understanding the life cycles and stages of team development, and building high performance work groups will be covered by the facilitator Bryan Williams in a highly interactive week-long program.

Among the lessons Google learned is that how team members interact with each other – the levels of trust and emotional sensitivity – are keys to the performance of the group. These are clear the outcomes of Google’s analysis, and will resonate with you in the learning environment at the Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda.

This is the 24th annual edition of The Summer Leadership Conference, a testament to its value to the participants (many of whom have been coming for years), and its endurance as a high level event, attracting leaders who want to share experiences,  and explore all the recreational, leisure and sports-related activities Bermuda has to offer.

Consider joining your colleagues, earning 15 CEUs, and recharging those leadership batteries!

Read more about the program here!

Summer Leadership Conference: Who Should Attend?

Long-term care leaders who want to increase levels of productivity and cooperation in his or her organization or community. Administrators, CEOs, facility owners, ACHCA and NYSHFA members and nonmembers, healthcare company providers who will benefit from this week-long workshop.