Fall 2023 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 2023 Leadership Lunch Series Program Faculty and Session Descriptions

Friday, Sept. 15th, 12:00-1:30 PM

Insights into Advocacy for Improved Health Outcomes and Policy Influence

National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) President Dr. Adrianna Nava will share the challenges, triumphs, and lessons learned from her personal journey advocating for equitable health care and policy change as a leader of a national professional nursing organization. Join us to gain insights into the power of nursing leadership in shaping policies and discover effective strategies and collaborative approaches employed to influence policy decisions, break down barriers, build networks, and champion health equity.

Adrianna Nava 

Adrianna Nava, PhD, MPA, MSN, RN

Dr. Adrianna Nava is a Research Scientist at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) where she serves as the scientific lead for the development of measures addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH). She is also the President of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), where she is an advocate for addressing health disparities through the advancement of nurses in leadership, research, and policy. She is an Adjunct Instructor at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and Capstone Faculty for the Safety, Quality, Informatics and Leadership (SQIL) Program at Harvard Medical School. Previously, she served as the Chief of Quality at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, IL.

Adrianna has an MPA’20 from Harvard University; a PhD’19 in Nursing and Health Policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston; an MSN’12 in Health Leadership and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania; and a BSN’09 from Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing. She was recently named one of the Top 25 Emerging Healthcare Leaders of 2023 by Modern Healthcare. 

Friday, Oct. 20th, 12:00-1:30 PM

Re-envisioning Professional Governance: The Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

Over the last 40 years, nursing has grown tremendously. Our collective work to truly become a profession has been slow, challenging, and often disheartening. The good news is that research has shown what nurses and the nursing profession need to be fully empowered and engaged. This session will share the specific leadership skill sets needed for successful Nursing Professional Governance (NPG) along with challenges and opportunities that lie ahead to further renew our profession and effectively, sustainingly empower and engage nurses.

Tim Porter O'Grady 

Tim Porter-O’Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), APRN, FAAN, FACCWS

Dr. Tim Porter-O’Grady has been a nurse for 50 years. He is currently senior partner-health systems for TPOG Associates LLC, an international health consulting practice in Atlanta, GA. and Tucson, AZ. Tim is an advanced practice nurse, board certified in geriatrics and wound specialties and holds two earned doctorates, one in learning behavior and another in complex systems leadership. He has been Clinical Professor, Leadership Scholar at The Ohio State University, College of Nursing and Professor and Innovations Scholar at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and is currently a Clinical Professor at Emory University, School of Nursing. He is nationally/internationally recognized as an expert/futurist in clinical health systems, nursing leadership, nursing professional governance, and health systems innovation. Dr. Porter-O’Grady has consulted with over 300 clinical systems world-wide and has lectured at over 500 settings globally. He has authored/co-authored 26 books and over 225 journal publications and is a 10-time winner of the AJ N “Book of the Year Award”.

Tim is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a clinical fellow in the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists. Tim is immediate past Chair of the Board of the American Nurses Foundation, and has served on the board of Catholic Community Services, a community health system for the underserved in Tucson. He has also served on the editorial boards of five proctored healthcare journals.

Tim has received numerous awards including the American Organization of Nurse Leaders Lifetime Achievement Award, American Nurses Association Luther Christman Health Leadership Award, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Healthcare Pioneer Award, the American Academy of Nursing, President’s Award, and is a 2020 inductee into the ANA Nursing Hall of Fame and a 2022 inaugural inductee into the Georgia Nurses Hall of Fame. He lives with his husband of 46 years between Tucson and Atlanta where they love to hike, read and spend time with colleagues and friends.

Friday, Nov. 17th, 12:00-1:30 PM

Reclaiming Joy at Work: Actionable Steps for Nurse Leaders

Nurses are hungry to restore the joy we feel at work. It is evident that nurse leaders at all levels are experiencing widespread burnout. Of course, we would prefer to pursue the work that brings us the most joy rather than feel stuck in reactivity. During this session, Dr. Crystal Lawson, a national expert in nursing leadership development, will share actionable steps for reclaiming your joy at work.

Crystal Lawson 

Crystal Lawson, DNP, RN, CENP

Crystal Lawson, DNP, RN, CENP is nationally known for her work in leadership development and expertise in brain based learning strategies that result in sustained behavior change.

Dr. Crystal Lawson is an expert in nursing and leadership development at all levels, with extensive experience in the national leadership development space. She currently provides consultant services to equip, inspire, and empower leaders to generate positive disruption.

Dr. Lawson served as the Senior Director for Nursing Leadership Development at Ascension, serving >60K nurses. Previously, she was the Education Director for the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL), where she was responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of AONL’s educational programs and services for leadership development of nurses at all levels. Prior to AONL she worked at the University of Tennessee Medical Center where she held a variety of clinical and administrative roles, including clinical nurse, nurse manager and Director of Nursing Education and Professional Development. Crystal has also worked as a role player for developmental leadership for managers and executives from various industries in the public and private sectors.

Crystal earned her DNP from the University of Tennessee, focusing on transition from expert clinician to the nurse manager role. She holds the Certified in Executive Nursing Practice from AONL. Crystal currently resides in Tennessee part time and California part time.

Friday, Dec. 15th, 12:00-1:30 PM

Inclusivity Examined: A Qualitative Study of the Lived Experience of African American RNs

By examining the lived experience of African American registered nurses, we can see how racism persists and how building inclusive environments requires focus and intentionality. During this session, ONL member Dr. Kecia Boyd will share the findings of her qualitative study; speak to the immediate need to address systemic racism, discrimination, and inequities in our workforce to help all team members thrive; and share strategies for building relationships with diverse staff to create a sense of belonging.

Kecia Boyd 


Dr. Kecia Boyd is a dedicated nursing leader with over 20 years of experience in Nursing Administration, Patient Care, and Oncology Services. She is recognized for her ability to train and develop high performing nursing teams focused on patient care and advocacy.

Currently, Dr. Boyd serves as Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Director for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In her more than 15 years with the organization, she has held numerous roles including Director of Nursing, Nursing Manager - Outpatient Cancer Center, Clinical Nurse Coordinator - Exam and Infusion Site, and Nurse Manager - Hematological Oncology Exam Practice.

Dr. Boyd earned her DNP from Simmons University and her BS in Nursing Science from Northeastern University.


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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