Executive Development Series for Faculty

Choose Your Own Adventure: Navigating Your Leadership Journey with Purpose

November 30-December 1, 2022

Academic nursing faculty have always been immersed in settings rife with volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. However, the unprecedented challenges of the past two years have left leaders depleted and traversing environments that feel unsustainable. EDS participants will choose their own adventure in this current context by designing and co-creating a customized toolkit of strategies and resources that will enable them to amplify their capacity to navigate the leadership journey with purpose and intentionality.

Who Should Attend:

Experienced faculty seeking opportunities for leadership development focused on integrating and elevating innovation in the nursing academic environment.

How to Attend:

The EDS for Faculty will be offered as an in-person event prior to Transform 2022.


Wednesday, November 30

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:00 a.m.
Welcome to the Adventure!

Introduction by AACN and opening comments by facilitation team.

9:00-10:15 a.m.
Unpacking the Current Leadership Context

Academic nursing faculty have always been immersed in complex and challenging settings. However, the unprecedented difficulties of the past several years have left leaders depleted and traversing environments that feel unsustainable. To launch our 1.5 day journey together, we will anchor the work in shared experiences from the current context. Building a community of diverse travelers is the first stop along the way to choosing a leadership adventure and customizing it to fit each participant’s individual needs.

10:15-10:45 a.m.
Good Morning Coffee and Tea Break

10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Charting a Course: Leadership with Purpose
Leveraging shared contextual clarity as a foundation, participants will shift their focus to uncovering the driving forces that currently define their leadership journey. Through reflection and guided inquiry each participant will then craft an inventory of personal beliefs and values that are best aligned with their aspirations. Identifying a “North Star” will enable participants to establish a leadership trajectory for the future and develop opportunities to lead with more intention and purpose.

11:45-1:15 p.m.
(on your own)
Creative Mindfulness and Networking Opportunities

1:15-3:00 p.m.
Design Your Adventure Part 1: Inspiration
Working in community and leveraging their North Star as a guide, participants will shift gears to begin customizing their toolkit of strategies and resources to amplify their ability to lead with purpose. To build this capacity right in the session each person will have the opportunity to define and prioritize one critical leadership challenge to practice navigating using the framework of Design Thinking. Design Thinking is a process and approach that combines analytical and intuitive reasoning to tackle any multifaceted challenge with no clear solution. At its core, it focuses leaders on unique human-centered perspectives and priorities to better engage a world defined by interconnectivity and complexity and to drive more innovative solutions. In Part 1 of the adventure, each participant will employ the first three elements of a design challenge including 1) Framing a Question, 2) Gathering Inspiration, and 3) Insightful Sense-Making.

3:00-3:30 p.m.
Networking Break

3:30-4:50 p.m.
Design Your Adventure Part 2: Ideation

Once a leadership question is clarified and participants have synthesized insights, they will formulate an area of focus and brainstorm breakthrough ideas to apply to their challenge. This work will set them up for success in the final Design Thinking phase of Implementation. The key elements of this stage are 1) Collaborative Brainstorming and 2) Journey Mapping.

4:50-5:00 p.m.
Reflections on the Day and a Moment for Creative Mindfulness

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception

Thursday, December 1

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45 a.m.
Welcome Back and Wake Up!

8:45-10:55 a.m.
Design Your Adventure Part 3: Implementation, Testing to Learn, and Pausing to Refuel
The final step in participant’s leadership design challenge will be to recheck the location of the North Star and determine what is needed to implement tangible solutions that can be tested in their real world. In community with workshop traveling companions this phase introduces the concept of how to experiment with prototypes to maximize learning. Prototypes are not meant to be fully formed solutions for the leadership challenge, but tools to iterate ideas in real time that will enhance skills in leading with purpose. By the end of the session, each participant will have a customized adventure travel guide in hand to use as a roadmap for applying new intentional skills and tackling at least one priority leadership challenge. No travel guild would be complete of course without also including rest stops and resources along the way. As the adventure comes to a close participants will reflect and solidify ways to refuel and support each other while leading with purpose.

11:00 a.m.
Closing Remarks and Adjourn


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Carolyn Humphrey, PhD
Principal Consultant and Founder

Voyagers Consulting

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Rochelle Sapp, PhD
Senior Consultant
Voyagers Consulting

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Kim Anderson Heller, PhD
Senior Consultant

Voyagers Consulting

Registration Fees

Executive Development Series (EDS) for Faculty
November 30-December 1, 2022
  StandardEnds Nov. 1 LateStarts Nov. 2
AACN Member $599 $699
AACN Non-Member $799 $899

Register Here

Health & Safety:

The safety of attendees and staff is our top priority – we will follow all relevant protocols and CDC guidelines and will work closely with the Hyatt Regency Chicago to promote the recommended practices at the time of the event.

Entry Requirement

Last updated September 20, 2022

Your well-being is AACN’s No. 1 priority!

AACN has revised its policies for the health and safety of in-person conference attendance. All meeting attendees, speakers, partners, and AACN staff are required to show verification of full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of travel in order to obtain access to event spaces. Unvaccinated individuals or those unable to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will not be permitted to attend. AACN will be utilizing a Digital Verification Process through Health Pass by CLEAR, which provides a secure, digital verification of your vaccination status or negative test results via the free CLEAR mobile app. AACN will provide detailed instructions to all in-person attendees approximately 10 days prior to the conference start date.

AACN will continue to monitor any new developments and evaluate what is needed to ensure you are comfortable and we meet safely. We will keep all participants updated as we get closer to the event.


The State of Illinois has no mask mandate; therefore, wearing masks is currently optional.

Duty of Care

Last updated September 20, 2022

By attending the Executive Development Series for Faculty, you agree to abide by and engage in conduct that is beneficial to health and safety of all attendees. This includes, but is not limited to, providing verification of vaccination or proof of negative COVID-19 test, and not attending any events if you are ill or have been recently exposed to COVID-19 or other transmittable disease.

Conference Venue:

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601


AACN Conference Team
Phone: 202-463-6930
Email: conferences@aacnnursing.org