Dr. Frances Lucas

Dr. Frances Lucas is nationally known for her humorous keynote speeches and interactive, powerful workshops. As an Advanced Associate with Emergenetics® International, she will guide us on a three-day journey to better understand how we prefer to think and behave, how to build strong teams, and how lead change.

Dr. Lucas is a woman of firsts. She was named President of Millsaps College in January 2000, becoming the first female college president in Mississippi history. Prior to that post, Dr. Lucas served Emory University as Senior Vice President for Campus Life, becoming the first woman to hold a vice-presidential role in that university’s 160-year history. At age 29, she was the youngest Vice President for Student Affairs in the country and the first female Vice President at Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio. Dr. Lucas also served as a faculty member in Human Capital Development, Education, and Communications.

Without self-aware faculty and staff, high-performing teams and a positive culture, your nursing program will experience challenges in communication, collaboration, productivity, and employee retention. Through the Meeting of the Minds, leaders are empowered to use their strengths to achieve their potential and organizations are given the tools to maximize performance and create positive cultures. 


Frances Lucas and the Meeting of the Minds is a remarkable experience for leadership inspiration, skill development, new ways for strategic thinking, or to simply understand self and each other better.


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 conferences@aacnnursing.org.