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Highlights from the 2020 Annual Program

By: Jacob Roche

ACNL Staff

  • March 3, 2020

The pre-conference was held on Sunday and included ACNL’s popular new Brain Dating session. Brain Dating is a coordinated networking event similar to “speed dating”, in which conference goers sit at tables grouped by topics such as “Changing Roles in Nursing” and “ACNL’s Executive Leadership Academy”, and they then have short, focused conversations before switching tables and topics.

"This brain dating forum was excellent for networking and knowledge sharing"

The conference officially began Monday with the president’s address from Dr. Kimberly Long, followed by keynote speaker Buck Davis, who gave an engaging talk on resiliency and the importance of practicing mindfulness and self-care.

Buck Davis with slide, "Resilience: Ability to bounce back after setbacks, cope with adversity and push through challenges"

On Tuesday, Dr. Long officially passed the torch (or, rather, the president’s gavel) to Dr. Anitra Williams, who gave an inspirational speech about her plans as ACNL President. Dr. Williams will focus on staying true to ACNL’s organizational values while growing the organization in four key areas: Foundations for Leadership Development, Annual Program, Membership, and the Executive Leadership Academy.

ACNL President Anitra Williams


The conference ended Wednesday with a talk from Mary Jo Cowan, who brought everything back to resiliency as she told the story of her personal journey as a nurse leader.

A special thanks to the Annual Program Committee, led by committee chair and incoming President-Elect Laurie Ecoff, as well as the ACNL staff, for helping put on this amazing conference. Next year the conference will be held in Monterey Bay, and planning has already begun!

"The topics really served California Nurse Leaders well. There are many pearls of wisdom that I can bring back to my organization to implement."

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