Program Description


This truly unique three-day leadership-focused event blends together cutting edge information from nationally recognized speakers, attendee best practice presentations, and many activities for you and your peers, from around the country.

We understand how challenging, and at times, frustrating your job can be. At the same time, we know how exciting and rewarding it can be in a leadership role.  Leadership is a learned talent, and in order to be effective, sometimes you need to remove yourself from your daily environment, in order to get a fresh viewpoint.

Synova’s Perinatal Leadership Forum provides you with the opportunity to ‘think outside the box’ in a relaxed but stimulating environment, alongside other premier nurse leaders from the top hospitals in the country.

We welcome all nurse leaders from the perinatal areas of the hospital including Maternal-Infant Directors and Managers and leaders from Antepartum, Labor and Delivery, Postpartum and the Newborn Nursery.  Managers and Directors – bring your team members to maximize your experience and share implementation strategies!

By attending Synova’s Perinatal Leadership Forum, you can expect the following:

  • Leadership experts who map out clear strategies for success
  • Numerous opportunities to network, meet and exchange ideas
  • Small group time to share best practices and challenges
  • Access to innovative ideas, products and services
  • Therapeutic environment at a 5-star resort

The PLF will give you insights to these and so many other initiatives. This is a conference you just can’t afford to miss! So whether you are a new or a seasoned leader, join us at the beautiful desert resort, the Wigwam in Arizona, this November, for one of the most unique professional opportunities of your career

Meet our star-studded Executive Planning Team:

  • Kendra Ellison, MS, BSN, RNC-EFM, NCE-A
  • Elizabeth Kester, RN, MSN
  • Beverly London, RN, BSN
  • Missy Stehlin, BSN, RN, PHN
  • Geri Tamborelli, BSN, MS, RN
  • Kristi Wilkerson, MS, BSN, RNC-NIC, NEA-BC
  • Shannon Holland, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CCRN
  • Pam Spivey, MSN, APRN, CCNS, RN-BC
  • Lori Gunther, Director Quality Assurance and Strategy, NICU Initiatives, March of Dimes
  • Cathy Bush, MEd, BA, Synova Partner
  • Paula Webb, DNP, RN, NEA-BC


Tuesday, Nov.7 – Pre-conferences, full day at 8:30 am or half day at12:30 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 7 – Opening Reception, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 8 – General Session, 8:00 am
Wednesday Evening – Dinner and Entertainment, 6:30 pm

Thursday, Nov. 9 – Facilitated breakfast roundtable discussions 8:00 am, followed by 2 tracks of presentations from your peers
Thursday – late afternoon and evening for relaxation or sightseeing, 3:30 pm

Friday, Nov. 10 – General Session, 7:30 am
Friday, Nov.10 – Conference Ends, 12 pm

The Planning Committee invites you to share successes from your unit! The Call for Abstracts for 60 minute presentations, 20 minute presentations and posters is open now!

Abstract deadlines: July 15, 2017 for 60- minute presentations; August 15 for 20 minute presentations and September 1 for posters.

Join us November 7-10 at the beautiful Wigwam Resort outside Phoenix, AZ.