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Annual Conference Program


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Annual Conference Preliminary Program

Thursday, September 21
11:00 - 11:15am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
*Boxed lunches provided for attendees upon arrival
Sharon Rangel, MSN, MBA, RN
Manager, Nursing Resources
Advocate Christ Medical Center
11:15am - 12:15pm
Keynote Address
Breaking the Barrier: Claiming the Corner Office

Keynote Speaker:
Therese Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN
Senior Vice President, Strategic and Financial Planning Practice
Kaufman Hall Associates
12:15 - 1:00pm
Leading the Way: Exploring the Journey of Nurse to CEO
Richelle Rennegarbe, PhD, RN, CENP
Graduate Program Director, DNP Program Director
McKendree University
1:00 - 1:30pm
Networking Break with Exhibitors
1:30 - 2:15pm
Winning the Trifecta of Quality, Finance, and Employee Engagement
E. Sue Thompson, MSN, RN, CNML
Director of Emergency Services and Nursing Resources & Magnet Program Director
SwedishAmerican Hospital
2:15 - 3:00pm
"Talent Management" versus traditional "Succession Planning:" An Innoviative Model for Leadership Development
Timothy Carrigan, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE
Associate Vice President of Nursing
Rush University Medical Center
3:00 - 3:15pm
Networking Break with Exhibitors
3:15 - 4:00pm
The Surplus Project
Jennifer M Grenier, DNP, RN-BC, RN
Director of Rehab Services
Rush University Medical Center
4:00 - 4:45pm
Closing Keynote Address
Fire Up Your Life! A Journey to Transformation

Keynote Speaker:
Donna Hartley
Hartley International
4:45 - 5:30pm
Welcome Reception with Exhibitors
5:30 - 8:30pm
Anniversary Celebration


Friday, September 22
7:00 - 8:00am
Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 8:30am
IONL Annual Business Meeting
8:30 - 8:45am
Opening Remarks
Sharon Rangel, MSN, MBA, RN
Manager, Nursing Resources
Advocate Christ Medical Center
8:45 - 9:30am
Innovative Stress Management Strategies for Nurse Leaders
Tami Gilbert, MSN, MBA, RN,
Surgical RN Coordinator for National Surgical Quality Improvement Program
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital
9:30 - 10:15am
Keeping a Finger on the Pulse of Practice
Laurie Round RN, MS, BSN, NEA-BC
Vice President Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Executive
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center

Shelly Malin, PhD, RN
Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Marquette University College of Nursing
10:15 - 10:45am
Networking Break with Exhibitors
10:45am - 12:00pm
Closing Keynote Address
Finding the Funny in Change

Keynote Speaker:
Jan McInnis
The Worklady
12:00 - 12:15pm
Closing Remarks; Meeting Adjourns
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