Featured Speakers

Michael Crow HeadshotDr. Michael M. Crow
President, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Session - How COVID-19 Kicked Open the Door to Innovation in Doctoral Education
Wednesday, January 20 | 10:45-11:45 a.m. (ET)

Dr. Michael M. Crow is an educator, knowledge enterprise architect, science and technology policy scholar, and thought leader. He became the sixteenth president of Arizona State University in July 2002 and has spearheaded ASU’s rapid and groundbreaking transformative evolution into one of the world’s best public metropolitan research universities. As a model “New American University,” ASU simultaneously demonstrates comprehensive excellence, inclusivity representative of the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the United States, and consequential societal impact.  This opening plenary will present the reconceptualization that made ASU the “#1 most innovative” school in the U.S. according to US News and World Report and enabled the rapid, seamless, and successful advancement of its teaching, learning, and research mission during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clara Adams-Endler HeadshotBrigadier General (Ret.) Clara Adams-Ender
Former 18th Chief Army Nurse Corps, and Former Deputy Commander General, Military District Washington

Session - The Time is Now: Will the Real Future Nurse Scientists Stand Up?
Wednesday, January 20 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. (ET)

Distinguished military nurse leader Brigadier General Clara Leach Adams-Ender was the first female officer to receive an Expert Medical Field Badge from the US Army After earning her MS degree from the University of Minnesota, Adams-Ender began working at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., initially as a medical-surgical nurse instructor, then as an assistant professor, until she was promoted to education coordinator in 1972. After two years as the assistant chief of the Department of Nursing at Fort Meade in Maryland, Adams-Ender entered the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. She graduated in 1976 as the first woman to earn a Master of Military Art and Science degree at the College. Adams-Ender graduated from the U.S. Army War College in 1982, the first African American Nurse Corps officer in the Army to do so.

Shannon Zenk HeadshotDr. Shannon Zenk
Director, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

In September 2020, Dr. Shannon Zenk began her new role as Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research. She most recently served as a professor in the Department of Health Systems Science of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing and a Fellow at the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy, where she collaborated on scientific teams since 2004.  Her research interests center on social determinants of health and health disparities, particularly neighborhood environments. Urban food environments are a major focus of her research. She is involved in community-based participatory research partnerships in Detroit and Chicago.  Dr. Zenk’s doctoral dissertation focused on neighborhood racial composition, poverty, and food access in metropolitan Detroit using geographic information systems and spatial analysis.


Phyllis Meadows HeadshotDr. Phyllis Meadows
Senior Fellow, Health Programming, The Kresge Foundation, Troy, MI

Session - Nursing and Pathways to Philanthropy OR Pathways to Philanthropy for Nursing
Friday, January 22 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET)

Dr. Phyllis Meadows’ 30-year career spans the nursing, public health, academic, and philanthropic sectors.  Since joining the foundation in 2009, she has advised the health team on the development of its overall strategic direction and provided leadership in the design and implementation of grantmaking initiatives and projects. She coaches team members and creates linkages to national organizations and experts in the health field. In addition, Dr. Meadows regularly reviews grant proposals, aids prospective grantees in preparing funding requests, and provides health-related expertise.  She is the former associate dean for practice at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and has served as adjunct faculty with the Wayne State and Oakland University Schools of Nursing.