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Engaging Leaders: A Leadership Maryland Podcast

Sep 17, 2020

In this episode, Eric Brotman and cohost Renée Winsky are joined by Dr. Jean Accius '14 to discuss how leaders can address inequities in the workplace and the aging population, and how to reinvent the system in order to move forward with stronger practices to ensure quality care for all.

  • The principals of a good leader during crisis, focusing on COVID-19, the impact of the pandemic on the economy, and racial unrest
  • The three ways for leaders to initiate and create solutions in order to move forward
  • How to avoid complacency when it comes to your organization’s engrained systems and structure

Meet Dr. Jean Accius

Dr. Jean Accius '14 is a senior executive and nationally recognized thought leader on aging, longevity, health and long-term care policy. He is a tri-sector leader with deep knowledge and a wealth of experience having served in senior level positions across private, public and nonprofit sectors. Dr. Accius is the Senior Vice President of Global Thought Leadership with AARP. In this role, he provides strategic direction, leadership and technical expertise championing new ideas, framing thought-provoking perspectives and driving bold solutions to change systems and improve the lives of all as they age both domestically and internationally.

Dr. Accius has been quoted by or appeared in numerous media outlets, including TIME MagazineUSA Today, Reuters, Politico, Next Avenue, ESPN’s UndefeatedCongressional Quarterly’s online arm and the Huffington Post. The National Academy of Social Insurance recognized him as one of the new generations of social insurance leaders in the country.  In 2018, Dr. Accius was recognized as a Gerontological Society of America Fellow, one of Black Enterprise magazine’s 2018 Modern Men of Distinction and a recipient of the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund 40 under 40 Award. In 2019, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and Sharecare, a digital health company, awarded him with the prominent “Sharecare Award”.  The Daily Record recognized him as a 2019 Influential Marylander for sparking innovation and progress, shaping and enriching his community and knowing how to get results that better the state and serve the needs of residents of all ages.

Dr. Accius has held a variety of board and advisory positions including Justice in Aging, the American Society on Aging, Leadership Maryland, the Long-Term Care Quality Alliance, the Florida State University Alumni Association, the South Florida Institute on Aging Policy Council and the Editorial Advisory Committee for Generations, the journal for the American Society on Aging. He is also a lifetime member of Leadership Maryland. 

He is an Executive Leadership Council Fellow and holds a bachelor’s degree in hospitality administration and a master’s degree in aging studies from the Claude Pepper Institute at Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in public administration from American University.  Dr. Accius is also a member of the Vanguard group at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Corporate Innovation program.