24th Annual
NICU Leadership Forum
NEW Dates:
September 15-18, 2020
Naples Grande Hotel
Naples, FL

24th annual nicu leadership forum

new dates: september 15-18 | naples grand hotel | naples, fl

NICU Leadership Forum
– Mark your calendars!

Message from Lori Gunther, MS, CPXP CEO of Synova Associates LLC

March 18, 2020 Update from Synova Associates LLC on NICU Leadership Forum

As we have shared previously, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have rescheduled the 2020 NICU Leadership Forum. We know that the past few weeks have been challenging, and that there are more challenges ahead. As we all work through how this will impact our families and our communities, at Synova, we are looking forward to coming together in our wonderful community of Nurse Leaders when it is safer.

We have appreciated the words of support and your patience as we have worked diligently with the hotel to secure a new date for NICU Leadership Forum.

Will the 2020 NICU Leadership Forum be rescheduled?

Yes. We have rescheduled the conference for September 15-18 2020 at the Naples Grande Resort and Hotel in Naples Florida.  The previously scheduled pre-conferences will be held on September 15 and the Main Conference will begin on September 16.

Will it be the same amount of content and the same agenda?

We have rearranged the conference schedule to retain the same amount of content and networking in three days (compared to 3.5). The preconferences will be held on Tuesday September 15 and the main conference will run Wednesday September 16 – Friday September 18, concluding around 3:00pm.  The content will be adjusted to add content related to the current pandemic and its impact on the healthcare system specifically to Neonatal Nurse Leaders. The new agenda will be published shortly.

I am a registered attendee; can I cancel my registration?

Yes. We will offer full refunds and we will adjust our cancellation date to extend to August 15 2020 (30 days before the new conference date.)  We will also offer the option to transfer your registration to 2021 NICU Leadership Forum or to the 2020 Perinatal Leadership Forum held on November 15-18 2020. All registered attendees received an email on 3/18/20 with a survey to indicate their intent to attend, or request a transfer or refund. If you did not receive this email, check you spam, then contact Melissa at

I have my hotel booked, do I need to cancel and/or reschedule it?

The hotel will automatically cancel all reservations by 3/20/20 at which time you will receive an email confirming your cancellation. If you have any questions, you can contact the hotel directly at 844-210-5931.

If you will be joining us in September, you can contact the Naples Grande starting on 3/25/20 at or 844-210-5931 to rebook your room.

Will Synova compensate me for my travel expenses or changes?

Synova is unable to reimburse registrants for transportation or other travel-related expenses. We encourage you to contact your airline or other transportation provider to cancel or change reservations as soon as possible as most are offering special considerations towards credits or refunds in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I cannot attend the new dates.  Will you be offering webinars of the content scheduled for NICU Leadership Forum?

Yes, some of the content will become part of our new online community that will be live in the end of April.  As the conference approaches, we will have more information on which sessions will be offered virtually.

What can I do to support my fellow nurses and Synova?

During this time of stress, we encourage you to take care of yourselves and come together as a community on our Facebook page. We’ll be posting dates for group debrief calls with a goal to support stress management during this time. We will also share acts of kindness and support from members of our community, so please share what you are doing to support your staff and families during this time.

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