As an organization, LifeCare Properties emphasizes the importance of “lifelong learning”. Founder Brooks Holstein, is committed to the personal and professional growth of our team and it was with this growth in mind that Brooks encouraged Jeremy Cole, our Managing Partner and COO, to enroll in the Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate (AMDP) through the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. As an alumnus of the program, Brooks (AMDP ’05) has first-hand experience with this once in a lifetime opportunity.
The AMDP is an executive development program in real estate held over the course of one year at the end of which, participants receive a Certificate of Completion and are granted full alumni status at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and Associate Member status within the Harvard Alumni Association.
Harvard’s AMDP explores subject matter ranging from development economics and planning, to walkable cities and urbanism. A diversity of students allows for collaboration of minds from various real estate industries, granting the peers the ability to learn not just through coursework and projects but from each other as well. “From Saudi Arabia to Seattle, my Harvard classmates will impact the world with thoughtful design and developments for decades to come,” Jeremy said.
Despite this diversity, Jeremy was the only senior living and retirement expert in his class. And, as the face of senior living changes daily, the knowledge gained from such an opportunity is exponentially beneficial. “The level of talent and vision from both the program faculty and my classmates exceeded every fathomable expectation,” Jeremy enthused.
Better understanding US demographics and design trends across the spectrum of housing through his interactions with his classmates has provided Jeremy with additional tools to understand the resident of the future.
Reflecting on his experience Jeremy predicts, “The modern ideas that are dreamt, discussed, and implemented through Harvard’s Advanced Management Development in Real Estate program can increase the level of care and comfort of residents for many years to come.”