The Summer Seminar has been cancelled. We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Summer Seminar, July 18-21 at The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City, Canada.

Given the unfolding public health concern posed by the Coronavirus and the critical leadership roles our members play on campus and in their home communities related to care delivery and prevention, AACN has moved to cancel the 2020 Summer Seminar. This difficult decision was made after much deliberation, a review of the latest evidence, and in the best interest of our members’ health and safety.

Full refunds of the registration fees will be processed for the cancelled events within the next 30 days. We urge you to contact your hotel to cancel your room reservation at least 72 hours in advance of when you were scheduled to arrive. For additional questions regarding these conferences, please reach out to

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Sunday, July 19

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

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

Monday, July 20

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

9:00-12:30 p.m.
Welcome and Meeting of the Minds
Academic leaders perform far better if they understand themselves and others. When people feel truly seen and heard, their job satisfaction and productivity rise. This session guides the participant to gain a greater understanding of the various ways self and others think. Helpful information and tools on how to approach various behavior styles, interpretation of differences, and cognitive diversity to improve outcomes are addressed. Strategies to enhance communication and collaboration for effective problem solving are explored.
Break from 10:15-10:45 a.m.

Tuesday, July 21

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

9:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Elevating Leadership and Teams
Interpreting behavior through our own lens may sometimes be inaccurate. Discover positive and productive ways to understand and respond to those who behave differently than we do. This session offers insights into understanding various behavior styles to strengthen team development, maximize the benefit of divergent behavior and thought, examine individual and team interactions, and enhance communication and culture.
Break from 10:15-10:45 a.m.

Wednesday, July 22

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

9:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Be Change Ready
Nursing leaders must be able to lead change well, which includes adjusting to and coping with unwanted change. Knowing that people tend to support what they create is an essential element for leading change, both within the school of nursing and with those outside the profession. This session helps you recognize the stages of change, apply the wisdom needed to manage change, and offer fresh approaches for navigating change.
Break from 10:15-10:45 a.m.

Continuing Education

This program offers 9 continuing education (CE) credit hours. AACN is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

Testimonials About the Summer Seminar

"The Summer Seminar is AACN’s best-kept secret. I like how the groups are small and the content and speakers are stellar. I always look forward to these events."

"This AACN event is consistently excellent! Thank you for providing this opportunity to learn, evaluate, rest, and re-boot for the coming year."

“Sonnenalp is an extraordinary experience- world-class personal service, relaxing and historical atmosphere that offers the natural opportunity for self-reflection and deliberation without stress and interruption.”