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NLN Foundation Welcomes Smart PPE Footwear® Innovator to the Nursing Education Advisory Council

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NLN Foundation Welcomes Smart PPE Footwear® Innovator to the Nursing Education Advisory Council
Washington, DC — Rob Gregg, entrepreneur and smart PPE footwear® innovator, has joined the Advisory Council of the National League for Nursing Foundation for Nursing Education.

“The past year has been one of the most challenging in most of all our careers as nurses and health care professionals. It has also demonstrated clearly why the Advisory Council is vital to the mission and success of the NLN Foundation in supporting nursing workforce and faculty development,” said NLN Foundation Board of Trustees Chair, Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, FAAN, FAONL, FNAP. Dr. Edmonson, the chief experience and clinical officer of AMN Healthcare, welcomed Mr. Gregg saying, “We are so appreciative to have Rob join the Advisory Council to share his knowledge, passion and expertise in finding innovative ways to support nursing education and the wellbeing of nurses across America.”

“Nurses have given so much to my family; they were there when someone very close to my family fell ill with COVID-19 and they helped him through it when we couldn’t be there,” said Mr. Gregg. “They are there for some of the darkest and happiest moments for so many people and yet there is still so much that can be done to help make their jobs—and lives—easier. It is an honor to join the NLN Foundation Advisory Council to help identify opportunities for innovation in the nursing community.”

With the addition of Mr. Gregg, the council now consists of 15 leaders from across the health care spectrum, encompassing nursing academia, technology, publishing, human resources, marketing, and health economics and development. The NLN Foundation supports the League’s competitive nursing education research grants and scholarship programs, among other initiatives, that aim to promote excellence in nursing education and expand diversity in the nursing workforce, and access to opportunities within higher education for qualified applicants to nursing programs.

Established in 2016 with seven leaders in various sectors of higher education and health care, the council has been a guiding force in aligning foundation support of scholarship, research and faculty development with current priorities in nursing education and nursing practice. At the time of its creation, National League for Nursing President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, called the council one of the essential building blocks to the expansion and retention of an outstanding nursing education workforce.

“One of our reasons for establishing an Advisory Council for the foundation was to build a network of leaders who marry vital and varied perspectives with a spirit of collaboration to develop effective solutions to the challenges facing our profession,” she said. Dr. Malone sits on the council, facilitating seamless communications and understanding of mutual goals and objectives between the League and the Foundation.

Members of the NLN Foundation Advisory Council commit to a renewable four-year term and plan to meet twice annually. Learn more at

About Rob Gregg Entrepreneur
Rob Gregg is founder and CEO of Gales, Inc. He’s a natural-born problem solver who when someone very close to his family fell ill with, but ultimately survived, COVID-19, was inspired to find a way to give back to the medical community. After learning 59 million healthcare professionals worldwide were without a single provider of protective PPE footwear, Rob shifted his full-time focus from his luxury shoe brand, Rob McAllan, toward the pursuit of building better, safer, more affordable foot protection for nurses. In 2020, he founded Gales Inc. — Smart PPE Footwear® for Healthcare. Rob is a Forbes Under 30 Fellow, Techstars Founder Alumni and GQ Insider who has generated $5 billion in customer acquisition revenue for hyper- growth direct-to-consumer companies and lead customer acquisition businesses to achieve the Inc 500 and Crain’s Fast 50 Fastest Growing Companies lists in 2018, 2019, and 2020.
About the National League for Nursing
Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its nearly 45,000 individual and 1,100 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations. Learn more at
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