The Summer Seminar continues to be scheduled for July 19-22, 2020 in Vail, CO at this time. AACN is closely monitoring the public health concern posed by the coronavirus and will make a firm decision on whether or not to hold the meeting on or before June 5, 2020. For questions, please email us at

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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.”