Fall Executive Development Series

AACN's Executive Development Series increases the knowledge and skills needed for successfull leadership in a school of nursing at a time of complex and accelerating change in health care and higher education.

The popular Executive Development Series (EDS) is offered every fall and spring and is designed for aspiring and experienced academic leaders who want to polish their executive-level skills, explore mutual challenges and share winning solutions in a collegial, interactive environment.

Note: The Fall Executive Development Series is offered in conjunction with the 2017 Baccalaureate Education Conference; the same program will precede the 2018 Spring Annual Meeting.

The Fall EDS is open to aspiring and experienced academic leaders but the Spring EDS is only open to the primary dean/director/chair of AACN schools of nursing.

Hotel Information

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel
265 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-521-0000

  • The room rate is $194 single/double.
  • The cutoff date for reservations at the group rate is October 23, 2017.
  • For reservations, call 1-800-228-9290 and request the group rate for AACN/ Baccalaureate Education Conference. You may also place your reservation online.
  • The room block may fill before the deadline, so please make your reservation early. If/when the room block fills, AACN will post a list of alternative hotel on its website.

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis is sold out for the night of November 14th.

The following hotels are within walking distance of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and may have availability over the conference dates:

Hyatt Place Atlanta Downtown (approximately 4 minutes)
330 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: 404-577-1980

Doubletree by Hilton Atlanta Downtown (approximately 8 minutes)
160 Ted Turner Drive, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-688-8600

Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Downtown (approximately 8 minutes)
161 Ted Turner Drive, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-589-1111


The Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel is located approximately 12 miles from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). Taxi fare is approximately $35 from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. For additional ground transportation options, please visit www.atlanta-airport.com/Passenger/GroundTransportation.

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis offers valet and off-site parking: the valet parking fee is $35 a day; the off-site parking is $4 hourly and $20 daily.

Above rates are subject to change.

Continuing Education Credit

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

Continuing nursing education (CNE) hours will be awarded to those who attest to attendance at entire sessions and complete the electronic evaluation process after the conference. The CNE certificate will be provided online only after completion of evaluation.

Dietary and Special Needs

If you have any dietary restrictions (e.g., vegetarian, kosher, or gluten-free) or special needs, please email us prior to the event at conferences@aacnnursing.org.

Contact Information

AACN Conference Team
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-463-6930
Email: conferences@aacnnursing.org

Wednesday, November 15
Thursday, November 16

7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Registration Desk and Networking Lounge Open

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:15 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Plenary Session
Using Neuroleadership for Organizational Change

Neuroleadership is an emerging organizational behavior theory and is a new way of conceptualizing performance. Brain science is linked to the way we lead, perform, and manage, and our ability to be effective. Dean McDaniel has had extensive experience in application of this theoretical model and provides examples on how to meet the needs of your employees, increase rewards and decrease threat.
Speaker: Anna McDaniel, PhD, RN, Dean and Linda Harman Aiken Professor, University of Florida College of Nursing, and Associate Vice President, Academic-Practice Partnerships, UF Health Shands, Gainesville, FL

10:15-10:45 a.m.
Good Morning Coffee and Tea Break

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Plenary Session
At the Table or On the Menu: Communicating for Success
Communication skill building is necessary to tackle the challenges inherent in the evolving role of Dean/Director/Chair and to achieve recognition for value and worth. Mobilize a new skill set to move your team to higher levels of influence in the healthcare arena and deliver exceptional communication in interactions with faculty, community stakeholders, physicians, institutional leadership, and the public.
Speaker: Amy Steinbinder, PhD, RN, Vice President, Nursing, Quality and Evaluation & Coach, Language of Caring, St. Louis, MO

12:00-2:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

2:00-3:15 p.m.
Plenary Session
Evolving to Entrepreneurship: Strategies for Scholarship and Survival
Deans are confronted on an ever-increasing basis with the need to develop alternative sources of revenue. Many are looking to entrepreneurship as a way to balance the books. How do you develop a revenue stream without losing sight of your academic mission? Innovative strategies for survival are presented.
Speaker: F. Patrick Robinson, PhD, RN, Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN

3:15-3:45 p.m.
Networking Break
Complimentary cold drinks and healthy snacks are available in the foyer.

3:45-5:00 p.m.
Plenary Session
Steering the Ship in Uncertain, Choppy Waters
There are many uncertainties in today’s changing academic environment. The response to these challenges requires a certain degree of agility while maintaining the stability and sustainability of the organization.
Speaker: Janet Krejci, PhD, RN, Dean, College of Nursing, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 

5:00-6:45 p.m.   
“Welcome to Atlanta” Networking Reception and Poster Viewing
Join your colleagues attending the Faculty Development Conference and enjoy refreshments while viewing posters aligned with the theme ‘Reimagining Curricula: Using Evaluation Data to Drive Change’. Don’t miss this great forum filled with networking opportunities!

7:00 pm
Networking Dinners
A great opportunity for you to connect with other participants while enjoying the local cuisine! Simply choose from our pre-selected restaurants posted near the registration desk and sign-up – it’s just that easy. Participants are responsible for their own tabs and share transportations costs (if any).

8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration Desk and Networking Lounge Open

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:15 a.m.
Tabletop Discussions
Leading in a Rapidly Changing Environment
Tabletop exercises are discussion-based sessions centered on timely topics solicited from the participants prior to EDS. Each table is labeled with a discussion issue, and participants rotate tables depending on topics of mutual interest. This is a great opportunity for aspiring and experienced academic leaders to learn from each other while being guided by an expert facilitator.

10:15-10:45 a.m.
Good Morning Coffee and Tea Break

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Closing Plenary Session
Navigating the New Normal: Leadership Transitions in Rapidly Changing Environments

As the former senior advisor to the President of Johns Hopkins and Chief of Staff to the Provost at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Chiang has had extensive experience in leadership transitions, the onboarding of new administrators, and strategic and crisis communications. Come hear a seasoned leader who is adept at facilitating organizational change while maintaining alignment with strategic priorities within academic settings. She is passionate about gender and women’s issues and has worked pro bono to eradicate human trafficking by serving the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Speaker: Lois Chiang, JD, CEO of Periscope Advisory, A Leadership Advisory LLC, Lawrence, KS

Registration Fees

(Only one discount per person, per conference can be taken.)

  Early Bird
By October 17, 2017
After October 17, 2017
AACN Members $449 $549
Additional Registration(s) from same institution
*Applies to AACN Members only.
$419 $519
AACN Non-Members $599 $699
Full-Time Students* $225 $275

* Full-time graduate students carrying 9 or more credit hours this semester may request a 50% discount. Submit your request together with verification of your full-time student status to conferences@aacnnursing.org.

Package pricing

Registration for Fall EDS and Baccalaureate Education Conference.

  Early Bird
By October 17, 2017
After October 17, 2017
AACN Members $848 $1048


Package pricing applies to AACN Members only: If you plan on attending both the Baccalaureate Education Conference and the Fall Executive Development Series, a conference package may be purchased (This reflects a $50 discount). Packages must be purchased separately and are not offered during the special discount offer period ending May 31, 2017. 

For payment related questions, please contact us at conferences@aacnnursing.org.

Substitution, Cancellation, and Refund Policies

If you subsequently cannot attend this event, the following options are available:

1. You may substitute your registration to another individual within your organization. This must be done by contacting the AACN Conference Department via email at conferences@aacnnursing.org.

2. If a substitution is not possible, your cancellation request must be received in writing and confirmed by AACN; otherwise, it cannot be honored. The following refund arrangements will then apply:

  • Cancellation requests received by November 1, 2017 will be refunded minus a $150 non-refundable administrative fee.
  • Cancellation requests received after November 1, 2017 will not be granted any refunds.
  • Refunds will not be given for no-shows.
  • No-show registrations with an open balance will be charged a $150 non-refundable administrative fee after the event.

Please note: Cancellations received fewer than 7 days prior to the conference start date will be reviewed and processed within two weeks after the last day of the conference.

AACN reserves the right to cancel this conference and any group activity that does not meet minimal group requirements. AACN assumes no responsibility for non-refundable airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rental, or other travel costs.

Location Information

Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303

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