Program Description


Creating a Culture of Trust:
Strategies for Transforming You, Your Staff, and Improving the Care Experience

Trust has a ripple effect. It is the glue that holds together high performing teams AND brings out the best in its employees. It not only impacts you as a leader, but it defines your relationship with your staff and ultimately it has a great impact on the care experience you deliver to your patients and their families.

Be a part of an invigorating 3-day conference for perinatal nurse leaders who will help you build the foundation of trust for your unit utilizing emotional intelligence, critical conversations, resilience, and so much more. You can create a culture where patients and staff feel engaged and safe in your unit.

We welcome all perinatal nurse leaders – including Maternal-Infant Directors and Managers and leaders from Antepartum, Labor and Delivery, Postpartum and the Newborn Nursery – to the beautiful Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra, Florida where we will, together, develop strategies that promote trust and meaning for ourselves and our staff in our practice environments. Managers and Directors – please bring your team members to maximize your experience and formulate implementation strategies. It is a great opportunity to simultaneously build trust and strong connections with your team.

Experience what this Synova conference has to offer:

  • Relationship building with perinatal leaders across the country
  • Engaging education sessions focused on cutting edge practice
  • Strategic networking sessions and focused roundtable discussion
  • Social events focused on rejuvenation and fun!

Meet our star-studded Executive Planning Team:

Perinatal Leaders:

Megan Gillespie, MBA, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Director of Maternal Child Health
Emily Hirsch, MSN, MHA, RNC-NIC, Director of Women’s Services
Laurie Jones, MS, RNC-OB, C-EFM, Nurse Manager
Elizabeth Kester, MSN, BA, RN, Nursing Director
Diana Leonard, MS, RN, C-EFM, OB Director

Along with:

Paula Webb, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Pam Spivey, MSN, APRN, CCNS
Lori Gunther, MS, CPXP
Melissa Gehl, MSW, CPXP
Cathy Bush MEd, BA


Sunday, November 4th: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Pre-conferences followed by a 6:00 PM Opening Reception and Conference Kick-off

Monday, November 5th: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM: General Session followed by a light dinner in the Exhibit Hall

Tuesday, November 6th: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM for Track Sessions and Facilitated Specialty Luncheon Groups, with Dinner and Entertainment at 6:30 PM

Wednesday, November 7th: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM General Session and Closing


The Planning Committee invites you to share successes from your unit! The Call for Abstracts for 50 minute presentations, 20 minute presentations and posters is open now!

Abstract Deadlines:

July 1, 2018 for 60 minute presentation
August 1, 2018 for 20 minute presentation
September 1, 2018 for posters