Featured Speakers

Marion Broome

Dr. Marion Broome
Dean and Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs, Duke University
Saturday Award Session at 3:45 pm:
Nurse.com OnCourse Learning Award for Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability in Nursing Education
Diversity and Inclusion: A Journey Building Strength of Community through Differences

This award recognizes outstanding contributions made by an individual or a group that champion diversity, inclusion, and sustainability in nursing education. This year’s award recipient Dr. Marion Broome, shares her success story on how her school of nursing built a strong community through differences that led to an organizational culture marked by inclusive excellence.


Dr. Todd Henshaw
President and Founder, Leader Development Associates, Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School
Sunday Session at 1:30 PM:
Leadership for the Future: Inspiring and Adopting in a Complex and Uncertain Environment

Hear from the key architect of West Point’s Leader Development System as he shares strategic leadership approaches to move your organization forward in light of the uncertainty in healthcare, higher education, and the volatility in the public policy arena.


Dr. Ernest Grant
President, American Nurses Association
Sunday Session at 3:30 PM: 
Claiming Your Space: What is our Collective Responsibility

Join the president of the American Nurses Association for an enlightening glimpse into the social evolution of nursing and hear how in today’s world nursing is carving out its space in terms of our collective responsibility to social ethics, justice and individual health.


Dr. Brenda Zierler
Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, University of Washington
Sunday Award Session at 5:00 pm: 
The Geraldine "Polly" Bednash Lectureship Award
Leadership and Scholarship: The Future of Interprofessional Education

Presented in honor of AACN’s previous CEO, the Geraldine “Polly” Bednash Lectureship Award is given to recipients on the basis of their leadership and/or scholarly contributions to interprofessional education. This year’s award recipient is Dr. Brenda Zierler, who with a long and distinguished career exploring the relationships between the delivery of health care and outcomes using an interprofessional lens, has made a substantial impact on interprofessional education, practice and research.


The Honorable Lauren Underwood
U.S. Representative for Illinois's 14th Congressional District
Tuesday Session at 8:00 am: 
New Congress, New Focus: Perspectives from a Nursing Champion!

Newly elected Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, a RN from Illinois’14th Congressional District, offers her perspectives on current issues facing all Americans in the higher education and health care arenas. She is the youngest African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives, the first woman of color and millennial to represent her community, and a proud supporter of the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act. Prior to her election, as a registered nurse and Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she worked to prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters and bioterror threats. Congresswoman Underwood earned her BSN at the University of Michigan, her MSN at Johns Hopkins University, and is a proud former policy intern at AACN! Come hear how all nurses can make an impact on influencing health policy as we enter the 116th Congress.


Dr. Dianne Morrison-Beedy
Chief Talent and Global Strategy Officer, Centennial Professor of Nursing and Fulbright Scholar, College of Nursing, Ohio State University
Tuesday Session at 11:00 am: 
The Sustainable Development Goals from WHO: What is Nursing's Role to Address Global Changes?

Explore the sustainable development goals that have been designed as a blueprint to address global challenges in the areas of poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. Dr. Morrison-Beedy offers background data supporting the WHO initiative and suggestions to advance nursing solutions.