Leadership Summit

AORN Expo 2024 | March 9-12 | Nashville

Building Cultures of Excellence

The Global Surgical Conference & Expo's Leadership Conference unites the most brilliant leaders nationwide and fully engages them in the business and management aspects of perioperative nursing. At the Leadership Summit you’ll hear from nationally renowned speakers who specialize in enabling nurse leaders to meet their C-suite’s expectations while achieving excellent outcomes for themselves, their patients, and teams.

View the Leadership Summit Brochure & Schedule

All Access Pass

Often referred to as the “conference within the conference” Leadership Summit attendees can also attend:

  • Education sessions tailed to OR and ambulatory surgery leaders.
  • Poster displays
  • The Expo Hall
  • Other networking events taking place at the main conference.

Also, watch the sessions you missed on demand when you return home.

Ambulatory Track at Leadership Summit

The ambulatory track at Leadership Summit offers specialized sessions and discussions tailored to the unique needs of ambulatory surgery leaders. You’ll have opportunities to stay updated on the latest trends, exchange insights, and expand your professional network.  Stay tuned for ambulatory topics and speakers!

  • Managers and directors who are involved in leading the surgical suite
  • Emerging leaders seeking to grow into leadership
  • Ambulatory surgery leaders who are looking to improve their ASCs
  • OR Directors and Managers
  • Vice Presidents of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officers
  • Risk Managers
  • Quality Control Managers
  • Patient Safety Officers
  • Four days of leader-focused education sessions
  • Exclusive leader networking lounge
  • Networking breakfasts and lunches
  • Access to award-winning leadership poster education
  • On-demand session recordings

Leadership Summit Topics:

  • Human Centered Leadership in Healthcare 
  • Building and Leading Flourishing Frontline Surgical Teams 
  • Delivering High Impact Leadership 
  • Surgical Staffing and Scheduling Optimization 
  • Improving OR Efficiency 
  • Incorporating Value Analysis and Patient Outcomes into Perioperative Leadership 
  • The Reluctant Leader - An Unplanned Path to Leadership
  • And More!

Leadership Summit Speakers

Lisa X. Walden

Healthy Workplace Consultant, Author, Speaker

Lisa is seasoned consultant who takes a holistic approach to workplace strategy and prioritizes the pivotal role of people as invaluable assets.

Travis Reece-Nguyen

General and Pediatric Anesthesiologist, DEI Leader

Dr. Reece-Nguyen, a board-certified general and pediatric anesthesiologist and is a prominent diversity, equity, and inclusion leader.

Lucy Leclerc

Author, Executive, Leadership Researcher

Dr. Leclerc helped develop the Human-Centered Leadership model, which focuses on establishing a healthy mindset and self-care practices.

Kay Kennedy

Nurse Leader, Leadership Researcher

Dr. Kennedy had led large nursing teams, serves as the CEO of uLeadership, and helped develop the Human-Centered Leadership model.

Susan Campis

Nurse Leader, Mentor, Chief Wellness Officer

Susan serves as the chief wellness officer of uLeadership and is also a dedicated nurse leader with a commitment to coaching and mentoring.

Patricia McGaffigan

Patient Safety Leader, Committee Member, Speaker

As vice president of Safety at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Patricia oversees a comprehensive range of patient and workforce safety initiatives.

Diane Sieg

Speaker, Author, Coach

Diane empowers nurses and nurse leaders with the skills, structure, and support they need to improve their well-being in work and life with self-leadership.

Brian Ferguson

Founder of Arena Labs, Speaker

Brian Ferguson, a former Navy SEAL Officer, White House worker, and US national security expert, established Arena Labs, a groundbreaking healthcare company.

Josh Wymer

Chief Health Information and Data Strategy Officer

With extensive experience in health information roles, Dr. Wymer has a background in perioperative nursing and leadership.

Lisa Heard

Director, Hospital Quality and Clinical Compliance

Heard collaborates with hospital quality leads, assessing patient safety needs and implementing risk mitigation recommendations.

Jacqueline Gardocki

Nurse Manager

Holding dual master’s degrees (MBA and MSN) from Grand Canyon University, Gardocki is dedicated to the growth and success of her department and organization.

Elizabeth Williams

Perioperative Clinical Operations Nurse Manager

With a diverse background including roles as a staff nurse, RNFA, and board charge nurse, Williams currently serves as a clinical operations nurse manager.

Hank Balch

Founder & President of Beyond Clean

As the Founder and President of Beyond Clean, Hank Balch embarked on his career in instrument reprocessing as a frontline technician.

Become a Leader Member and Get Additional Perks

AORN leader membership provides seasoned and emerging periop leaders with the resources, education, and connections to support their careers. AORN provides periop leaders unique ways to engage and learn from peers  with similar challenges. Leader members also receive an additional discount on Leadership Summit registration. 

Leader Testimonials

“I have never felt so inspired and so understood. I am a new leader and the Leadership Summit was vital to me growing as a leader. The speakers gave me chills and truly helped me to see things in a different light. I was able to network with some other great leaders, and that has already helped me in my role since returning from the conference.”

– Leadership Summit Attendee

“I really enjoyed everything about the Leadership Summit. I learned so much. I really like that there were solutions to problems and issues that we face. It was well worth every penny spent.”

– Leadership Summit Attendee

“I loved the sessions and speakers. Especially, because the speakers talked about issues that are universal. It helped because they let you know what they did in their facilities to overcome some of the issues.”

– Leadership Summit Attendee

“The thing I enjoyed the most was the positive, revitalizing speakers! After Covid everyone feels beat up and this was a wonderful event to relight the fires!”

– Leadership Summit Attendee

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