Fall 2024 Leadership Lunch Series Flyer


Leadership Lunch Series

ONL's Leadership Lunch Series is a unique professional learning opportunity for nurses at all levels and is specially designed to support learning across nursing teams. Offered virtually each spring and fall, the four-part series features nationally recognized thought leaders sharing diverse perspectives ranging from big-picture thinking to tactical, actionable strategies. During each of the four 90-minute online sessions, participants hear from a different member of our remarkable series faculty on a different topic; the series offers something for everyone at all levels of leadership. Plus, participants enjoy exceptional professional learning without sacrificing time in their busy schedules for travel and enjoy protected time to eat their lunch. While individual participants are most welcome, this program is optimal for teams.

This program offers organizations a unique opportunity to invest in their teams. By enrolling in the Leadership Lunch Series, participating organizations provide timely and consistent educational content for nursing teams with contact hours available at an affordable price. Teams that participate together have found that dialogue and discussion emerges that supports team bonding, collaboration, and ideas to advance practice.

What Participants Can Expect

  • Four 90-minute professional learning sessions (one per month) featuring nationally recognized faculty, delivered via Zoom
  • Insights and inspiration from distinguished nursing leadership experts on a range of hot topics in nursing leadership 
  • Opportunities to spark dialogue and discussion within your nursing team that encourages collaboration, bonding, and ideas to advance practice

Who Should Participate

  • Nursing teams and nurse leaders at all levels and across all practice areas

Program Details

  • Organizations purchase access to the live, virtual series for their team.
  • Individuals must register to receive the meeting link and program evaluation.
  • Attendees are eligible for 1.5 Contact Hours for each program, and 6.0 for attending the full series.

Program Pricing

  • Up to 100 participants: $5,000
  • Up to 50 participants: $4,000
  • Up to 25 participants: $3,000
  • Up to 10 participants: $2,000
  • Individual pricing available

 Please contact us via email at [email protected] to enroll in the Leadership Lunch Series.

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Fall 2024 Leadership Lunch Series Program Faculty and Session Descriptions

Friday, September 20th, 12:00-1:30 PM

Effective Strategies for Nurse-Driven Elimination of Health Inequities

The need for a paradigm shift toward whole-person and contextualized care that addresses structural challenges and advances health equity is increasingly being recognized. This session will share strategies and exemplars for nurse-led transformation of systems that deliver care and impact health. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos will offer strategies for nurse leaders to support practice transformation, workforce development, and evidence generation across care settings to prioritize health and well-being for all.

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos 

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PHD, MSN, MPH, MS, MSW, BS, RN, ANP-BC, LCSW, PMHNP-BC, FAAN

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos is Professor and Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Solutions, and Director of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (CLAFH). He is a nurse practitioner dually licensed in adult health and psychiatric-mental health nursing. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos' research focuses on improving healthcare access, quality, and outcomes for Latinos and other populations experiencing structural adversity, with a focus on mitigating the mechanisms through which the social determinants of health shape health inequities. His research has been federally funded for over two decades by NIH and various other agencies. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos has published over 100 manuscripts in leading peer-reviewed scientific and health journals and his work has received national media attention in outlets such as the New York Times, The Guardian, and Newsweek. Dr. Guilamo-Ramos currently serves as co-chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), and is a member of the ad hoc NASEM Committee on Unequal Treatment Revisited: The Current State of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare, the HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents, the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment, NASEM Standing Committee on Reproductive Health, Equity, and Society, and the Board of UnidosUS. He also serves on the Latino Commission on AIDS Board of Directors as vice chair, and as chair of the Power to Decide Board of Directors.

Friday, October 18th, 12:00-1:30 PM

The Center for Clinical Inquiry™: An Innovative Collaborative Model to Promote and Support Change

Change is ever-present in every healthcare organization, however, current organizational structures are not built for agility. How nursing departments approach clinical inquiry can make all the difference. This session will describe a systematic, data-driven model for implementing and sustaining best practices and processes to improve patient, clinician, and organizational outcomes.

Penelope Gorsuch 

Penelope Gorsuch, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, EBP-C, FACHE, USAF Col (retired)

Penelope Gorsuch is an experienced healthcare professional with over 36 years in practice and 26 years of progressive leadership. She has created organizational cultures of inquiry to deliver high-quality, value-based, and reliable care in nationally ranked federal and civilian healthcare systems. Penelope has specific expertise in strategic planning, implementing evidence-based practices and processes, and has created The Center for Clinical Inquiry™, an infrastructure to promote and support change implementation. Penelope serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive at Summa Health. She leads and ensures nursing professional practice and quality standards of care for the health system and is an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University College of Nursing in the DNP Executive Leadership track. She joined Summa Health from The Ohio State University College of Nursing where she led and designed nursing executive leadership courses and as faculty for a 5-day Evidence-based Practice immersion and Leading EBP course. Before this position, she served as Associate Director of Patient Care Services at the Dayton VA Medical Center for two years. Before that, she served in the United States Air Force Medical Service for 28 years holding multiple nursing and administrative roles. Penny earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Brenau Women’s College in Georgia, a master’s degree in nursing as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Touro University Nevada.

Friday, November 15th, 12:00-1:30 PM

Nursing Practice, Health, and Our Planet

Climate change is recognized by the World Health Organization as “the single biggest health threat facing humanity.” Nurses have a vital role in addressing this global issue and its consequences on health and our planet in their capacity as advocates for the health and safety of individuals and communities. This session will explore the relationships between health care and planetary health, examine contributors to healthcare pollution, and discuss nursing roles in reducing healthcare pollution.

Elizabeth Schenk 

Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN, FAAN

Beth Schenk serves as Chief Environmental Stewardship Officer for Providence, one of the nation’s largest non-profit health systems. On Earth Day, 2020, Providence announced that it will work toward becoming carbon negative by 2030. Dr. Schenk and team lead this effort through strategy and innovation, efficiency of practices and processes, and through research, education, and engagement, built on her experience decreasing the environmental impacts of health care for almost 30 years. Dr. Schenk is assistant research professor at Washington State University College of Nursing. She led the development of CHANT: Climate and Health Tool, measuring health professionals’ awareness and engagement with climate change and health. CHANT has been translated to seven languages and used in over 30 nations. She developed the WE ACT Framework (Waste, Energy/water, Agriculture/food, Chemicals, Transportation) to organize the extensive range of environmental stewardship, while motivating action. She developed the Nurses Environmental Awareness Tool, which measures nurses’ awareness of environmental issues in healthcare, how related they are to health, and what they do about them. She is active at national, state, and local levels, serving on the boards of the national organization The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, the state organization Montana Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate, and the local organization Climate Smart Missoula. She hosts the Nurses for Healthy Environments Podcast.

Friday, December 20th, 12:00-1:30 PM

Mindsets: Thinking About How You Think

How we show up for our work and our team can significantly impact our professional success, job satisfaction, and well-being. During this interactive session, Dr. Barbara Mackoff will use case studies and group discussion to unpack eight critical mindsets for leaders. She will discuss strategies that promote awareness, deepen thinking, and lead to better results.

Barbara Mackoff 

Barbara Mackoff, Ed.D

Dr. Barbara Mackoff is a consulting psychologist, author, and leadership educator. She is a Fulbright specialist and a senior faculty member at The American Organization of Nursing Leaders (AONL). She is the author of The Inner Work of Leaders and Nurse Manager Engagement. Dr. Mackoff has held educational and clinical appointments at the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the schools of nursing at Adelphi University and Molloy College in New York.


What Previous Leadership Lunch Series Participants Are Saying

  • "I am so grateful that my organization supports these sessions. I look forward to learning and broadening my thinking during this hour and a half each month. Please keep offering this series!"
  • "The Leadership Lunch Series is an excellent program! I appreciate the range of topics covered, the contact hours, and the convenient scheduling."
  • "ONL is always at the forefront of what is relevant to nurse leaders. The Leadership Lunch Series is on point and makes the content accessible to so many members of my team."


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