Monday, May 20

Opening Keynote: President’s Address

AACN President Terry Davis will share insights and best practices she has learned during her presidential year, building on the theme “Rising Together.” Davis is assistant vice president of nursing at the High Reliability Center, Inova Health System, Falls Church, Virginia. Her clinical specialties are trauma/neuro critical care and teleICU, and she has led research in the areas of healing touch, caring science and technology acceptance.

Tuesday, May 21

Keynote: Ryan Leak


Ryan Leak is an author, executive coach and motivational speaker. He’s the author of the USA Today bestselling book, “Chasing Failure: How Falling Short Sets You Up for Success.” His most recent book, “Leveling Up: 12 Questions to Elevate Your Personal and Professional Development” is a Wall Street Journal bestseller. He’ll discuss seven key steps toward better self-leadership.

Wednesday, May 22

Opening Keynote: President-Elect’s Address

AACN President-elect Jennifer Adamski will inspire us while she shares AACN’s new theme for the year ahead. Adamski is a clinical associate professor and director of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Program at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Atlanta, and a critical care ACNP for Cleveland Clinic’s Critical Care Flight Team. Her areas of research include trauma prevention and system development, rapid response teams and critical care/trauma advances in hemorrhagic shock.

Keynote: Neil Pasricha

The Happiness Equation: Science-backed Habits to Cultivate Positive Mindset

Neil Pasricha helps people live happy lives. He is a top-rated leadership keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author, and positive psychology researcher focused on the relationship between happiness and leadership in business. Pasricha’s first TED Talk “The 3 A’s of Awesome” (2010) ranked as one of the 10 most inspiring. We’ll learn how to use specific research-backed tools and practices to cultivate a habit-based positive mindset every day.