Summer Seminar

Using Best Evidence To Achieve Your Goals: Changing the Culture and Inspiring Others

Deans, directors, and senior faculty meet annually in a picturesque setting far away from the pressures of daily administration to sharpen their leadership skills. This year’s destination is Québec City in the Canadian province of Québec, a city with European charm, romantic ambiance, and exquisite cuisine. Brush up on your French, bring your passport, and come enjoy all that Quebec has to offer!

Hotel Information

Please register for the event before reserving your hotel room!

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
1 rue des Carrières
Québec City
Quebec, Canada G1R 4P5
Phone: +1 418-692-3861

  • Room rate starts at $312 CAD single/double.
    Rates in USD based on 3/5/18 exchange rate: $240; subject to change.
  • Reservations cut-off date: June 26, 2018.
  • Call (800) 441-1414 and provide the booking Code: AACN2018. Or book 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.


Closest Airport: Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB)
Distance: 25 minutes to/from the Fairmont.
Costs: $34.25 CAD one way

Things to Do in Quebec City

Designated a World Heritage treasure by UNESCO, Old Québec is the only walled city north of Mexico! As the cradle of French civilization in North America, it’s a living history lesson with a remarkable mix of architecture, heritage, art, and culture. Check out these 10 must-see attractions and fifty things to do during your stay this summer!

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

Contact Information

AACN Conference Team
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-463-6930

Sunday, July 22

Monday, July 23

Tuesday, July 24

Wenesday, July 25

CE Credit

4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Registration Open

6:00-7:00 p.m.
Wine and Cheese Networking Reception
Guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.

8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Registration and Light Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Create a Culture of Flourishing

Happiness matters! Learn how to integrate components of positive psychology into an engaged workforce to create a culture that will flourish; discover interventions to impact well-being; and dive into the importance of relationships and how to nurture them. Discover how to use your top character strengths - assessed using the VIA Character Strengths Survey - to bring success to your school.
(Break from 10:15-10:45 a.m.)

8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Set Effective Goals and Accomplish Them with Grit
Happy people wake up each day to clear-cut goals that provide their lives with meaning and purpose. What is the difference between learning goals and performance goals? How does the environment shape our responses and what power do others have on our goals? This session demystifies the process of goal setting and uncovers the complexities important to an individual’s success through the science of goal setting and grit, while providing practical ways to apply the research findings to established goals.
(Break from 10:15-10:45 a.m.)

8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Cultivate a Gritty Team
To be an effective leader, you need to cultivate grit—in yourself and in your team. Why does it matter? Gritty faculty make for dedicated, high-performing employees and bounce back quicker from ongoing challenges. How do you create a contagious environment to inspire others? Using current research evidence, this session explores "good grit" and "bad grit" and provides exemplars for application in your institution.
(Break from 10:15-10:45 a.m.)

Continuing Education Credits

Participants may earn up to 9.0 continuing education (CE) hours for the Summer Seminar. CE credit is awarded to those who attest to attendance at all educational sessions and complete the electronic evaluation process after the conference. The CE certificate is provided electronically only after completion of the evaluation.

Registration Fees

Early Bird
By June 22, 2018
After June 22, 2018
AACN Members $549 $649
AACN Non-Members $649 $749
Additional Registration(s) from same Institution  $519 $619

Substitution, Cancellation, and Refund Policies

If you subsequently cannot attend this event, the following will apply:

1. No Substitutions are allowed for the Spring Annual Meeting as it is open only to the primary Dean/Chair/Director of AACN-Member Schools of Nursing.

2. Your cancellation request must be received in writing and confirmed by AACN; otherwise, it cannot be honored. The following refund arrangements will then apply:

a. Cancellation requests received by July 9, 2018 will be refunded minus a $150 non-refundable administrative fee.
b. Cancellation requests received after July 9, 2018 will not be granted any refunds.
c. Refunds will not be given for no-shows.
d. 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 event start date will be reviewed and processed within two weeks after the last day of the event.

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

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
1 Rue Des Carrières
Québec City, OC QC G1R 4P5

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