Sylvia Trent-Adams

Opening Ceremony & Keynote Address

Wednesday, September 12 | 4:00-6:00 PM

Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams

Deputy Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS)

As Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams advises and supports the Surgeon General regarding operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and in communicating the best available scientific information to advance the health of the nation. She served as the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS from November 2013 through May 2016. In this role, she advised the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development of Corps nurse professionals.

RADM Trent-Adams received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hampton University, a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She became a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.


Debra L. Spunt Lecture Speaker

Friday, September 14 | 8:30-9:30 AM

Susan Gross Forneris, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-A

Excelsior Director, NLN Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology

On the Shoulders of Giants: Building Innovation in Teaching Excellence
On the Shoulders of Giants is a phrase that dates back to the 16th century. We are lifted up by our predecessors so we can see ahead using their wisdom to grow wise. This year, in recognition of NLN leaders like Dr. Deborah Spunt, who led us to reform nursing education through simulation, the Spunt Lecture will focus on the impact simulation has had on building a culture of excellence in teaching. Dr. Sue Forneris will guide us in celebration of previous Spunt lecturers, leaders in simulation, and create a dialogue about the future role the NLN will take to transform teaching and learning, building on the extraordinary work of simulation’s pathfinders. We will grow wise together and collectively explore ways to co-create innovation in teaching excellence.


The Futurist

Friday, September 14 | 10:00-11:00 AM

Matt Thornhill

Managing Partner, Institute for Tomorrow

Winning Tomorrow: The Future for Nurse Education
Matt Thornhill is the founder and managing partner of SIR’S Institute for Tomorrow, a research-based think tank headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Matt is a futurist, generational expert, author, and provocateur. His firm identifies the trends impacting organizations, studies the people making those trends happen, and helps leaders determine how best to prepare for tomorrow. Tapping into over 50 years of SIR’s research and insights expertise, the Institute for Tomorrow has helped hundreds of organizations connect the dots and navigate the changes ahead.

Matt doesn’t predict the future, but helps you more effectively plan for tomorrow.

Frequently sought out by the media for his opinions and insights, he’s appeared on NBC, CBS, CNBC, and in articles in BusinessWeek, TIME, The Washington Post, The New York Times and countless others. Along with his business partner John Martin, he’s the co-author of the acclaimed book, Boomer Consumer. Their next book, Winning Tomorrow: What Leaders Must Do to Leverage the Future, is set to be published later in 2018.


Opening Ceremony 

Wednesday, September 12 | 4:00-6:00 PM 

 President's Gala

Friday, September 14 | 6:30-9:30 PM

G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN

President, National League for Nursing

Making History vs Being History
Dr. G. Rumay Alexander has a compelling record of leadership and advocacy for diversity and inclusive excellence in academia, the workplace, in national nursing professional organizations, and in her consultant activities. Her passion centers on intentional efforts to resource the proper understanding and judicious application of equity and multicultural concepts for students, faculty, personnel, and the patients served by UNC graduates. As a published author of numerous articles, books, and book chapters, Dr. Alexander has guided individuals in academic, corporate, healthcare, and religious organizations to explore marginalizing processes, multiple perspectives, and the vicissitudes of lived experiences of difference. Her passion for equity of opportunity and penchant for holding courageous dialogues to steward and promote human flourishing has led to appointments on landmark healthcare initiatives including the Commission of Workforce for Hospitals and Health Systems of the American Hospital Association and the National Quality Forum’s steering committee for the first national voluntary consensus standards for nursing-sensitive care. She is a two-term member on the Board of Governors of the National League for Nursing and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. In 2010 Dr. Alexander was the American Organization of Nurse Executive’s Prism Award recipient for workforce diversity leadership. In 2013 was received both the prestigious Honorary Membership from National Student Nurses’ Association and the Southern Regional Education Board’s M. Elizabeth Carnegie Award.

Dr. Alexander holds a baccalaureate degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, a master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University, and a doctor of education degree from Tennessee State University.


CEO Address and NLN Awards

Thursday, September 13 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN

CEO, National League for Nursing

Looking Back While Daring to Leap Forward
Dr. Malone's tenure at the NLN has been marked by a retooling of the League's mission to reflect the core values of caring, diversity, integrity, and excellence and an ongoing focus on advancing the health of the nation and the global community. In early 2017, Dr. Malone was named to the prestigious Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine. In addition, she was ranked amongst the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by the magazine in 2010, 2015, and 2016.

Her distinguished career has mixed policy, education, administration, and clinical practice. Dr. Malone has worked as a surgical staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, director of nursing, and assistant administrator of nursing. During the 1980s she was dean of the School of Nursing at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She has served as president of the American Nurses Association, deputy assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services, and general secretary of the UK’s Royal College of Nursing.