News & Press Releases

Billie Jean King to Speak at 2016 NIC Fall Conference

Noted Athlete and Leadership Expert to Discuss Inclusivity and Aging


Contact: Biba Aidoo, (443) 926-3181 or

Annapolis, Md. – NIC today announced that American sports icon, humanitarian, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Billie Jean King will be a NIC Talks speaker on September 15 during the 2016 NIC Fall Conference.

The conference will be held September 14–16 at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Washington, D.C.

King has a long-standing partnership with Atria Senior Living, a leading operator of senior-living communities nationwide, and serves as the company’s Well-Being Coach. She will be joining other industry leaders and experts from outside the senior housing and care field as they discuss the future of aging.

“From the very beginning of her tennis career, to her role today as leader and noted speaker, Billie Jean King has been one of the most fervent, dedicated pioneers of inclusivity and staying active at every age,” said Bob Kramer, NIC’s CEO. “It is an absolute honor to have her present at NIC Talks and hear her insights into what we as an industry, as a country, and as a world need to do to respond to a rapidly aging population that is living longer but not necessarily healthier.”

Named one of the “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century” by Life magazine and a 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, King is the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and the co-founder of World TeamTennis. She founded the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Women’s Tennis Association. In August 2006, the National Tennis Center, home of the US Open, was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in honor of her accomplishments on and off the court. King serves on the boards of the Women’s Sports Foundation, the Andy Roddick Foundation, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and is a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

King will speak during NIC Talks, which is a series of 12-minute talks by visionaries on how the wave of baby boomers will revolutionize the aging experience as they begin turning 80 in 2026. NIC Talks is designed to provide thought-provoking, stimulating, and often provocative visions of the future for those who serve seniors today and those who wish to be positioned to serve this demographic successfully in the next decade.

“Billie Jean King has long been an inspiration to many people, for many different reasons, including the Atria team,” said Atria CEO and Chairman John A. Moore, who also serves as Chair for NIC’s Board of Directors. “As our partnership with Billie Jean has grown, she has played an important part in furthering our vision of what it means to help others maintain independence and continue to enjoy a vibrant lifestyle as they age. I have no doubt that this year’s NIC attendees will walk away similarly inspired.”

NIC Talks debuted at the last NIC Fall Conference, the seniors housing and care industry’s premier networking and education event that regularly attracts over 2,500 attendees, who come to make new connections, explore business opportunities, and discuss the trends affecting the industry. It brings together providers of both care and capital—from major operators of private-pay seniors housing, skilled nursing, and post-acute properties, to the health care REITs, private equity firms, and national and regional banks that invest in the industry.

About NIC

 The National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to advance the quality and availability of seniors housing and care—from independent living, assisted living, and memory care, to skilled nursing and post-acute care. NIC provides research, education, and increased transparency that facilitate leadership development, quality outcomes, and informed investment decisions with respect to seniors housing and care. Since 1991, NIC has been the leading source of research, data and analytics for owners, operators, developers, capital providers, researchers, academics, public policy analysts and others interested in meeting the housing and care needs of America’s seniors. For more information, call (410) 267-0504 or visit


April 11 2024 NIC Insider Newsletter Now Available Read Now »