Featured Speakers

The Imperative of Civility and Community in Uncertain Times

John P. McGovern Lectureship Award

Dr. Cynthia ClarkDr. Cynthia Clark
Professor Emeritus, School of Nursing, Boise State University

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in a variety of unprecedented and unpredictable ways. Pandemic-associated issues and other challenges can result in heightened levels of stress, which in turn, can lead to acts of incivility. In a climate of uncertainty and unpredictability, recommitting to collegiality, community, and civility by all members of the academic community is more important than ever. This engaging and thought-provoking session provides a deepened and empirical understanding of incivility and its impact, as well as a variety of evidence-based strategies to foster civility and healthy academic work environments.

The Future of Health Care—Finding Common Ground in Divisive TimesDr. Darrell Kirch

Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Lectureship Award

Dr. Darrell Kirch
President Emeritus, Association of American Medical Colleges
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

Many would argue that we live in a time of unprecedented divisions on multiple fronts—generational, regional, partisan, and professional. Dr. Kirch draws on his experiences in government, academic health centers, and associations to discuss the drivers of these divisions and, most importantly, describe how health care can and should become the place in which we find national (and even global) “common ground.”

Leadership and Diversity: Disruption of a Pandemic


This pandemic has revealed your leadership. The unrest around race, justice and equality have revealed your leadership. It has shown you to be strong and effective or it has exposed incredible challenges. This interactive discussion looks at different approaches that were taken to lead through the challenges of 2020. Together we will learn how to prepare leadership for any disruption and intentionally lead your school to success.


Dr. Angela Amar, Dean, School of Nursing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, (pictured left); and 
Dr. Edilma Yearwood, Associate Professor, School of Nursing & Health Studies, Georgetown University, (pictured centered)


Sean Olson, CEO and Co-Founder, Renogize Professional Coaching, (pictured right)

Looking Ahead – Election 2020 and Beyond

Congressman Alan WheatCongressman John Shadegg


Congressman Alan Wheat, D-MO (pictured left)

Congressman John Shadegg, R-AZ (pictured right)

As our nation continues to grapple with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and prepares for the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election, join former Congressmen Alan Wheat (D-MO) and John Shadegg (R-AZ) for an inside look into what lays ahead. Our bipartisan experts will pull from their years of experience on and off Capitol Hill and share election outlooks as we continue to address current and future health care challenges.

Dr. Dan WebergChallenging Assumptions: Innovating Through Chaos

Dr. Dan Weberg
Head of Clinical Innovations, Trusted Health

Healthcare education and systems are experiencing massive disruptions. High performing organizations use rigorous innovation to adapt to the changing market. This presentation discusses the ways leaders can harness the energy of chaos to mobilize teams and create the future nursing education.