AORN Expo 2024 | March 9-12 | Nashville
- Leadership Summit 2024
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.
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 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.
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.
Author, Executive, Leadership Researcher
Dr. Leclerc helped develop the Human-Centered Leadership model, which focuses on establishing a healthy mindset and self-care practices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chief Health Information and Data Strategy Officer
With extensive experience in health information roles, Dr. Wymer has a background in perioperative nursing and leadership.
Director, Hospital Quality and Clinical Compliance
Heard collaborates with hospital quality leads, assessing patient safety needs and implementing risk mitigation recommendations.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”