24th annual nicu leadership forum


NICU Leadership Forum
– Featured Conference Faculty

Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CSP

CEO & President, RTConnections Founder, Healthy Workforce Institute
Opening Keynote:

From Disrespect and Dysfunction to Respectful and Resilient: Practical Solutions for Healthcare Leaders

Imagine a workplace where everyone goes out of their way to support and help each other learn and grow; where all roles are valued and everyone feels appreciated. A workplace where everyone makes decisions based on what’s best for patients first, then what’s best for each other, and then what’s best for themselves. Imagine being a leader in this world. The way we treat each other SHOULD be just as important as the care we provide. In this presentation, leaders will learn practical strategies they can apply immediately to cultivate a respectful and professional workforce culture.

Lori Armstrong, DNP, RN NEA-BC

CEO & Founder, Armstrong Reliability Group
2020 Its Our Year! Disrupt, Transform and Reinvent Your Leadership

In honor of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday 2020 has been named The Year of the Nurse. Florence courageously and selflessly led despite unbearable conditions, seemingly insurmountable challenges and male dominated professions. She disrupted a social hierarchy, transformed a profession and reinvented care delivery to soldiers.   She paved the way for every nurse leader to follow in her footsteps. In this session, participants will learn to do what she did – Disrupt, Transform and Reinvent their leadership practice in order to impact and inspire others.

Diane M. Rogers, ACC, CPXP

Contagious Change LLC

Grander Things Await You:  Discovering Our Leader Strengths to Improve Well-Being and Fulfillment

This session is designed for you to identify and explore individual character strengths and their relationship to Well-BEING to encourage an atmosphere of psychological safety.  We will introduce a new way of leadership BEING, helping clinicians appreciate their own actions and behaviors and practicing acknowledgements as a means to reinforce and cultivate strengths. Through increased self-awareness leaders can empower themselves and their staff to enhance personal well-BEING and foster fulfillment.

Dominic Cottone

Cultivating a Healthy Workplace

Studies have shown that teams and organizations who outperform their competitors are empathetic, understanding and purposeful in regards to relationship formation. Given the rise in concerns related to employee health and wellness, specifically burnout, more and more organizations are considering their cultural wellbeing as an ethical imperative. In this session, participants will learn the importance of self-awareness, emotional intelligence and bias awareness as it relates to leadership development, and the steps necessary to build a culture that truly adheres to its organizational values.

David Haggard, DNP, RN, NNP-BC, NEA-BC, C-NPT and Luann Jones, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, NE-BC

Diversity and Inclusion: Being Asked to the Party AND to Dance

Diversity is being asked to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance. This presentation will explore diversity and unconscious bias in the workplace and identify practices to create a more inclusive environment.

Pam Spivey, MSN, APRN, CCNS

Shifting the Narrative: Recognizing the Importance of Your Own Health and Wellbeing as a Leader

Today’s healthcare environment is challenging, complex, and ever-changing. An essential component in sustaining a caring and compassionate nature in this environment is taking charge of and enhancing your overall health and wellbeing.. In doing so, you can emulate that energy, focus, and adaptability necessary for your team to perform at their best each day.