On the heels of Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, one not-for-profit senior living organization is celebrating setting a new standard in leadership in senior living with women heading 11 of its 12 communities.

Women leaders throughout Newark, DE-based Kendal Corp. are nothing new, but the company said that women CEOs now lead 92% of its affiliates. In addition, the company’s chief financial officer and interim CEO, Amy Harrison, as well as Kendal Board Chair Annetha Hall, are women.

The achievement, Kendal said, is the result of the diversity and inclusion efforts behind its vision and mission. That commitment has resulted in a workforce that “reflects the affiliates it serves and a culture that values, resorts and celebrates everyone’s unique perspectives and experiences,” the company said.

Harrison told McKnight’s Senior Living that Kendal boards search for leaders aligned with its mission and who have the experience, strategic perspective and skills required. The success of women leaders is not defined by their gender, she added.

“While it is a coincidence that Kendal leaders are women, it is certainly one worth mentioning and one we embrace,” Harrison said. “In alignment with Quaker roots and values, we cultivate an environment of compassion, acceptance, psychological safety, trust and belonging for all.”