2021 VIRTUAL NICU LEADERSHIP FORUM

Overview

Over 250 Neonatal nurse leaders gathered together virtually in April 2021 to “unmask” and find healing from colleagues across the nation at the 25th annual NICU Leadership Forum. Conference sessions covered topics including COVID-19 and the unique challenges posed to leaders during the pandemic, and racism and health equity in working with patients, colleagues and within the U.S..

The 2021 Attendees:

  • Received customized swag boxes from Synova and Sponsors of event
  • Engaged in lived general sessions with robust Q&A sections
  • Had zoom networking lunch events each day
  • Watched over 15 on-demand 60 or 20 minute abstract sessions
  • Attended two different exhibit halls
  • Listened to a panel of parents on the MRI experience
  • Had a Symposium hosted by Pampers that addressed The History of Racism

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Registration for the 2021 NICU Leadership Forum is now closed.

WHAT OUR NURSE LEADERS

Have To Say!

“The Virtual NICU Leadership Forum in 2020 was a phenomenal first virtual experience. I can’t wait for the next one!”

“Synova always seem to address the hot topics or challenges we are dealing with on an everyday basis in our units.”

“The comradery at the NLF you get the feeling you are not alone.  It’s been so rewarding and validating to be part of the Synova community during such trying times.”

“For me it’s important to bring my whole leadership team to foster their growth and show them there is a whole world outside of our NICU.”

“To see that level of engagement from other leaders during the virtual event was very rewarding because it got ideas going and prompt further discussions about issues that matter us.”

“Having the app that Synova created for the virtual event made me feel like I was in the in-person event.”

“The panel I was on was fantastic. I was so excited to share my story and the feedback I got was incredible.”

“After the event I was the winner of a group coaching cohort because of my engagement on the app and it further developed me a leader. Synova is more than just a conference it was a community for Nurse Leaders.”

“Sometimes as a leader you have to dig really deep to support your team and I really believe that the NICU Leadership Forum and the mentors I have gained through this community have made me a better leader. Even though it’s hard right now we have to keep growing together.”

“I have been coming to Synova conferences for 20 years. When I first started to come, I was a really young leader. I don’t even know if I considered myself a leader and I grew so much as a leader during those y ears and I have to credit so much of that to the Synova conferences.”

“I tell my director this all the time there isn’t always a lot of support for people in roles like mine and it can be lonely in leadership. The forum of people is such a great group that I have gotten to know over the years that gives you an incredible amount of support not just at the conference but all year long.”

Melissa Synova Speaking

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Speaking Our Truths: Faces Behind The Mask

COVID-19, unrelenting racism, social and political unrest and natural disasters have been stressful on patients, families, our teams and ourselves. As we begin to process the events of the past year, we find ourselves in a new reality. We may ask ourselves: “How can we walk boldly into the future, not forgetting what we have been through, but learning from the challenges we’ve faced?”

We often have to put on the “mask”, to be the strong, brave leader our staff look to for stability, support and strategy. The NICU Leadership Forum is our opportunity to get together and “unmask” and find healing from our colleagues across the nation. Together we will:

  • Be vulnerable and share our truths
  • Have conversations that confront how we equitably support our teams and care for our patients
  • Seek solutions to the diverse challenges we face in our units
  • Join the Synova Community to embrace the next steps in our leadership journey

[REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT]

Call For Abstracts

Are you interested in submitting an abstract for a 60 or 20 minute speaking spot?

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Speaker Lineup

Jodi Coombs, MBA, BSN, RN

Keynote Speaker

Jodi Coombs, COO

Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO

From Fear to Trust: Leading in the face of uncertainty

Authentic leadership through tumultuous times isn’t about being strong, it requires empathy, partnership and conscious inclusion. In order to thrive, organizations and leaders need to transform. In this session, Jodi will share her journey through her first year as Chief Operating Officer in a new organization and what she calls “the greatest leadership opportunity of her career”.

Featured Speakers

Dorothy Roberts, BA, JD

Dorothy Roberts

BA, JD

Professor of Africana Studies, Law and Sociology University of Pennsylvania

Dave Gordon

Dave Gordon

Speaker, Author, Coach, Gordon Creative

Michele Kacmarcik Savin, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, Assistant

Michele Kacmarcik Savin

DNP, APRN, NNP-BC

Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson College of Nursing, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program Director

Stephanie Abbu, DNP, RN, CNML, Manager, Neonatal Services

Stephanie Abbu

DNP, RN, CNML

Manager, Neonatal Services, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Iva Ervin-Stanberry, DNP, MSN, B.Sc, CNL, RN

Iva Ervin-Stanberry

DNP, MSN, B.Sc, CNL, RN

Patient Experience Officer in the Quality Management Department, VA, Connecticut

Maureen G. Leffler

Maureen G. Leffler

DO, MPH, Chief Wellness Officer

Nemours Children’s Health System

Brianna Foster

Brianna Foster

BSN, RN, DNP candidate

Michigan Medicine Children’s and Women’s Hospitals

Vicki Hess

Vicki Hess

RN, MS

Employee Engagement Solutions, LLC

Ressler-Maerlender_Jessamyn

Jessamyn Ressler-Maerlender

MPH, CPXP

Senior Process Improvement Specialist
Michigan Medicine Children’s and Women’s Hospitals

2021 NICU LEADERSHIP FORUM

Pre-Conference Events

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New Leader Bootcamp (Full day)

This preconference is aimed at leaders with less than 3 years of leadership experience. Participants will get an introduction to finance and budgeting, practice the art of requesting funds, and develop leadership skills like demonstrating vulnerability and promoting personal growth. It is a must for any new leader!

Faculty:

Paula Webb, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FANOL

Joan Rikli, MSN, RN, CPNP-BC, NE-BC, Director of Neonatal Intensive Care and Women’s and Infants Services at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

RATES:

$127 USD

[REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT]

The Table, Your Seat, Your Voice – Activating Your Potential to Lead During COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond (Full day)

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the biggest leadership challenge of our careers. This unprecedented pandemic has served as a crucible for nurse leaders and their staff worldwide. As we look ahead during our recovery – nurse leaders are uniquely positioned to use the lessons they have learned to lead the change needed in our healthcare organizations and the industry as a whole. This pre-conference is designed to help attendees seize the moment to develop and use their voices to create meaningful and lasting change.

Faculty:

Lori Armstrong, DNP, RN NEA-BC, CEO & Chief Clinical Officer, Inspire Nurse Leaders™

Pam Spivey, MSN, CCNS, RNC-NIC, CCFP, Lead of Wellness/Resilience Program and Leader Development Coaching, Inspire Nurse Leaders™

Alexandria Combs, MSHS, Strategic Adviser, Inspire Nurse Leaders™

RATES:

$127 USD

[REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT]

Lori Armstrong

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR

Brochure & Agenda

Brochure

Take a look at our NICU Leadership Forum brochure for an overview of the 2021 NICU Leadership Forum Event.

Agenda

Our agenda is ever expanding. Take a look to see what we’ll be talking about at this year’s event.

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Rates

MAIN CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

$247 USD

PRE-CONFERENCE

New Leader Bootcamp:
$127 USD

The Table, Your Seat, Your Voice – Activating Your Potential to Lead During COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond:
$127 USD

[REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT]

Synova Event Scholarship

APPLY FOR A

Conference Scholarship

Synova will be granting 20 tuition scholarships on behalf of Mead Johnson Nutrition for nurse leaders to attend both NICU Leadership Forum and the 25th Anniversary Nurse Leadership Forum. Both events are open to all NICU and Perinatal nurses in leadership positions. The scholarship application deadline is March 1, 2021. If accepted, you commit to attending both events:
  • NICU Leadership Forum: April 18-21, 2021 Virtual, Live or On Demand
  • 25th Anniversary Nurse Leadership Forum: November 14-18, 2021, Tucson AZ

[SCHOLARSHIPS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT]

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Conference Details

  • Who Should Attend?

    • NICU Directors, Managers, Supervisors and members of their leadership teams
    • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Supervisors
    • Executive Directors of Women’s Services
  • When & Where

    NICU Leadership Forum is virtual and will be hosted on the Whova app on April 18th-21st, 2021.

  • Program Changes

    Synova reserves the right to make necessary changes in speakers, topics or schedule. The most up-to-date agenda is online.

  • ACCREDITATION

    The NICU Leadership Forum is approved for approximately 14 contact hours through Abbott Nutrition Health Institute. The pre-conferences will be awarded contact hours depending on the length of the program.