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Thursday, October 29: 11:15AM ET / 8:15AM PT

In leadership positions, we must work collectively to purposefully improve health in our local communities, nationally, and globally. As leaders, we must not only manage the daily operations and oversight, but offer powerful motivation to instill hope and healing during times of crisis and calm. Hear from an accomplished healthcare and nursing leader who has driven change, elevated the voice of the profession, while remaining committed to the purpose. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a dire challenge to navigate and further presents the need to embrace our ingenuity and passion to advance the public’s health while caring for ourselves and each other. Now is the opportune time to consider how to act with empowerment and engage thoughtfully as we look past the pandemic and what lies ahead on the horizon for health, social justice, systemic racism, and health equity.


Kevin W. Sowers, MSN, RN, FAAN
President and Executive Vice President
Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins Medicine


Mary Magee Gullatte, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN, LSSYB, FAAN

Corporate Director of Nursing Evidence Based Practice and Research

Emory Healthcare

Academy Board of Directors Member


Friday, October 30: 11:15AM ET / 8:15AM PT

Technology continues to increase the interconnectedness of our world, yet the disruption of traditional methods of connecting such as face-to-face interactions can leave people feeling disconnected or at a disadvantage, especially as the pandemic propels all aspects of life to an online environment, from teleworking to telehealth services. Virtual and mobile technology allows providers to institute creative approaches to treating patients and seemingly facilitates greater access to services, especially within rural areas. During this session, health technology leaders will explore the advancements and challenges technology presents while encouraging attendees to consider how to use their leadership capability to advance innovative, equitable care in this increasingly digital world.


Kelly Aldrich, DNP, MS, RN-BC, FHIMSS

Chief Clinical Digital Officer
Center for Medical Interoperability

Elise Sweeney Anthony

Executive Director
HHS Office of the National Coordinator

Kristi Henderson, DNP, NP-C, FAAN, FAEN

Senior Vice President of Telehealth & Innovation
Optum Health at UnitedHealth Group


Rhonda Collins, DNP, RN, FAAN

Chief Nursing Officer
Vocera Communications



Kimberly Glassman, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAONL, FAAN

Associate Dean for Partnership Innovation and Clinical Professor
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Rear Admiral Aisha K. Mix, DNP, MPH, RN, NHDP-BC

Chief Nurse Officer
Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service

Sharon Vanairsdale, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, NP-C, CEN, FAEN, FAAN

Program Director for the Serious Communicable Diseases Unit
Emory University Hospital

Thursday, October 29: 12:30PM / 9:30AM PT

There is no clear map to guide us through the coronavirus pandemic. In many ways, nurses are acting as the world’s compass. Through their expertise and guidance, nurses are leading the response to this devastating global health crisis in teams, formally and informally. Relying on past experience, knowledge, and disaster preparation are essential. But how do you institute an effective plan when the disaster is an escalating global pandemic with health and safety ramifications that far exceed anyone’s predictions? Learn from seasoned innovation experts as they discuss navigating unknowns and emerging fundamental shifts in disaster management planning to examine - from a policy perspective - strategies for reinvestment in public health infrastructure to establish comprehensive frameworks for responding to the current and future crises.


Kathleen Chavanu Gorman, MSN, RN, FAAN

Executive Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Operating Officer
Children’s National Health System

Academy Board Treasurer


Friday, October 30: 12:30PM ET / 9:30AM PT

When envisioning the pathway to creating inclusive health care environments, it is apparent that the stark inequities and systemic racism that persist today impede progression towards attainment of better health. The current dynamic provides an opportunity for nurses to leverage the lens of health equity to usher in change locally and globally. The coronavirus pandemic has intensified the inequities
experienced by marginalized, underserved, and vulnerable communities, especially as people of color continue to be disproportionately impacted by the virus. Hear from influential public health experts about how assessment, policy development, and assurance – the core principles of public health – can steer thoughtful discourse and inform practical steps on how to transform the culture of care, guided by social justice, to be more inclusive of diverse populations.


Joseph Bertulfo, DNP, MPH, APRN

Director, Occupational Health and Safety Office
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ukamaka M. Oruche, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

Associate Professor and Director of Global Programs
Indiana University

Anabell Castro Thompson, MSN, APRN, ANP-C, FAAN, FAAN

Senior Vice President of Health Equity
Equality Health


Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Associate Clinical Professor
University of California Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing


Saturday, October 31: 12:45PM ET / 9:45 AM PT

The World Health Organization’s designation of 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife has taken on a whole new meaning. In the face of a global pandemic, nurses are using their compassion and creativity to lead in new ways from practice and academia, to research, and policy. The profession is courageously working in rapidly changing environments to protect the public’s health in teams, within communities, across sectors, and spanning generations. Nurses, through their diverse roles and aptitude, have the opportunity to shape the future of health care around the globe. Learn from a dynamic, inspiring group of panelists as they share their perspectives and engage participants in thoughtful dialogue around harnessing the profession’s potential and our outlook as we collectively work towards improving health and promoting wellness through leadership, innovation, and science. 


Tommy Dickinson, PhD, RN, FEANS, FAAN

Head of the Department of Mental Health Nursing
King's College London

Diane Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC, FSAHM, FAAN

Associate Professor and Interim Dean
Cizik School of Nursing at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Paule V. Joseph, PhD, MS, FNP-BC, RN, CTN-B

Lasker Clinical Research Scholar and Tenure-Track Clinical Investigator
National Institute of Nursing Research


Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN

Chief Executive Officer
National League of Nursing

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