Search for Nursing Events

The most comprehensive directory of national, statewide and local nursing events

NWONL 2024 Annual Conference: Breakthrough to Excellence - Nurse Leader Action for Today and the Future

Seattle Airport Marriott
3201 South 176th Street
Seattle, WA 98188

Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 9:00am PT - Friday, May 17, 2024 at 12:00pm PT
This event has ended.

Posted by Northwest Organization of Nurse Leaders

Annual Conference
3201 South 176th Street, Seattle, WA 98188



Leadership development. Innovation & disruption. Nursing practice advancement. The science of wellbeing. Meaningful Mentoring. Moving from experience to wisdom. Instilling hope (back) into nursing.

Credits Offered

This event offers 6.0 CE credits to attendees.
Accreditation Info: California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #17495.

Additional Information

Conference Registration and First Session

  • Registration and badge pickup opens at 9am on May 16th and will be open through the day.
  • Opening session begins at 10am on day 1.
  • End-note session adjourns at noon on day 2.

What to expect as an attendee:

  • The NWONL Annual Conference is the premier event for engaging with nursing leadership peers in the Northwest. The conference is exclusive and designed for the unique needs and values of nursing leadership and designed to deliver relevant and immediate application in nursing leadership practices.
  • Attendance is limited to 150 Leaders, with priority for NWONL members and affiliates.
  • Attendees are primarily senior leaders, their peers, and their leadership teams at all levels from across Oregon, Washington, Alaska and the expanded West Coast to include California and Idaho.

Registration Priority:

  • Priority registration for members and affiliates is open November 1.
  • General registration is open after January 1st 2024.

Preferred Lodging is Available:

  • Reservations can be made directly with Marriott online here: group rate $171 a night.
  • For lodging questions or assistance contact Marriott Seattle directly at 1-206-241-2000.

Both onsite parking and airport shuttle are available:                                                                   

  • For parking information including map refer to the attached PDF "Shuttle & Parking Info".

Registration Refund and Cancellation Policy

Cancellations are conditional with the following options:

  • Cancellations before the cutoff date of April15th 2024 will be refunded 50% of the attendance fee.
  • Cancellations after the cutoff date of April 15th 2024 are non-refundable as NWONL is responsible for all costs after this date.

Options in lieu of cancellation refunds:

  • You may opt to transfer your attendance to a peer/associate nursing leader.
  • You may opt to "gift" your attendance to the NWONL Board to award to an NWONL member.

Contact directly for assistance.


Dan Weberg
Dan Weberg PhD, MHI, RN, FAAN

National Executive Director, Nursing Workforce Development and InnovationNational Executive Director, Nursing Workforce Development and Innovation at Kaiser Permanente.

Dr. Weberg is an innovation leader and deviation amplifier. A transformation executive with top 5 health system level experience, a Health-Tech startup advisor, keynote speaker and founding innovation faculty @DrNurseDan. Dan has worked with large health systems, technology startups, and academia to pull healthcare into the future through innovation leadership to create tangible ways nursing leaders can address the pressing opportunities facing our profession: From provocative perspectives on the forces shaping our healthcare organizations to the leadership tactics that can help us lead into the unknown with excitement and urgency.

Barbara Mackoff
Barbara Mackoff EdD

Senior faculty at American Organization of Nursing Executives, Fulbright specialist, Leadership development consultant,Keynote speaker and author of Nurse Manager Engagement and Leadership Laboratory for Nurse Leaders.

Dr. Barbara Mackoff is consulting psychologist, leadership educator ,keynote speaker, Fulbright Specialist and author of five books that have been published in five languages. They include Leaving the Office Behind, The Art of Self-renewal, What Mona Lisa Knew, Growing a Girl and The Inner Work of Leaders. She is a widely recognized authority on healthcare leadership and the author of Nurse Manager Engagement who has conducted leadership laboratories for healthcare leaders around the world. She is the author of two books about Nursing Leadership: Nurse Manger Engagement and the forthcoming, Leadership Laboratory for Nurse Leaders. Her work perspectives and presentation have been sought by organizations from coast to coast in the USA and in Turkey, Argentina, Ireland, Greece, Jamaica and Germany. As a Fulbright Specialist, she lived and taught in Denmark and Finland. Educated at Harvard University, Dr. Mackoff has held educational and clinical appointments at the University of Washington Medical School and The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Adelphi University in New York. She has been on the faculty of the American Organization of Nursing Leaders and a visiting scholar at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospitals in Boston Massachusetts. She has participated in more than one hundred media interviews and her work has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post and on The Today Show, CBS Morning News, CNN and NPRs All Things Considered.

Sylvain Trepanier
Sylvain Trepanier DNP, RN, CENP, FAONL, FAAN

SVP, System Chief Nursing Officer at Providence

Syl is leader of significant impact. In his position, he serves at the voice for nursing at the most senior executive level, representing nursing practice for over thirty-eight thousand nurses in fifty one hospitals and approximately eleven-hundred clinics in seven states. In addition to his duties as a System Chief Nursing Executive at Providence, he is an assistant professor for TTUHSC in the Masters in Nursing Administration program. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Institute of Human Caring, the American Hospital Association's Clinical Leadership Committee, and the Board of Trustees for CGFNS, the world's largest credentials evaluation agency for nursing and allied health. Syl also serves on the Audit & Risk Committee for the American Academy of Nursing, serves on the Board of OpusVi, and is an elected AONL Board member representing Region 9.

Ann Tardy
Ann Tardy JD, CPA, CSP

MentorLead CEO & Founder

Ann Tardy believes in the power of connections and conversations to drive community. As a corporate attorney in Silicon Valley for over a decade, she discovered the power of mentorship for professional success. In 2005 Ann launched MentorLead to help healthcare organizations leverage mentoring to drive onboarding, retention, engagement, and leadership. MentorLead’s mentoring programs are loved by clients such as Kaiser Permanente, Stanford, Cedars Sinai, Johns Hopkins, and Mass General Brigham. In 2023, Ann was nominated as an ANA “Champion of Nursing.” She is the author of four books: Ambition on a Mission, Moxie for Managers, Why Mentoring Matters, and In a Flash.

Jennifer Gentry
Jennifer Gentry MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Division Chief Nursing Officer for TX, NM, OR, Eastern WA and MT at Providence.

Jennifer Gentry brings nearly 20 years of nursing experience to her role of Central Division chief nursing officer for Providence St. Joseph Health-Oregon. Previously, she was the chief clinical and nursing officer for Providence St. Joseph Health-Oregon. Prior to that, she was the chief nursing executive at Providence Portland Medical Center. Jennifer is a keynote speaker and passionate advocate for driving cultural change in healthcare back to its foundation of human service and connection.

Cheri Constantino-Shor
Cheri Constantino-Shor MSN, RN, PMH-BC, CRNI, CMSRN

Director of Professional Engagement and Nursing Excellence, Patient Care Services

Cheri is the Director Professional Engagement and Nursing Excellence at the University of Washington’s Northwest Campus in Seattle, Washington. She is a relatable nurse leader and educator with more than 30 years of nursing experience, with 19 of those years in direct patient care. Cheri created a national curriculum on Lateral Violence in Nursing for the Association for Nurses in Professional Development in 2015, served on the Academy of Medical Surgical Nursing’s Healthy Practice Environment National Task Force in 2018 and was featured in the July, 2022 Journal for Nurses in Professional Development’s “Ask a Leader” column titled “Authenticity is Integral to Effective Leadership”. Cheri has spoken extensively locally and nationally on her passion for supporting the emotional health of both patients and healthcare workers and on creating a healthy work environment in healthcare.

Marie Cockerham
Marie Cockerham MN, RN, eCPR-C

Director, CARE4U Well-being & Support Program
Associate Director, Patient Care Services

Marie is the Director of the Wellbeing & Support Program, CARE4U, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Marie is a graduate prepared clinician and has been a nurse for over 20 years with a strong clinical background in critical care both as a bedside nurse and Clinical Nurse Educator and Specialist. For the past four years, she has shifted her primary focus away from patients and families and towards our healthcare teams, taking care of the people that take care of the people. Marie assisted in the creation and implementation of an extremely successful and highly utilized system wide Peer Support Program in 2020 and then served as the mental health supervisor for healthcare workers during the pandemic, directly supporting two hospital campuses. She is extremely passionate about cultivating healthy work environments, reducing stigma and barriers to access related to mental health care, and the prevention of suicide. Marie has spoken extensively locally and nationally on topics clinically in critical care and nursing education, as well as a variety of wellbeing and mental health topics and is an emotional intelligence powerhouse in leading our teams with a focus on wellbeing and support.

Event Agenda

NWONL 2024 Annual Conference: Breakthrough to Excellence - Nurse Leader Action for Today and the Future

Event Agenda

Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 9:00am PT - Friday, May 17, 2024 at 12:00pm PT

All times listed in Pacific Time (US & Canada).
Download event agenda (PDF)

Thursday, May 16, 2024

  • 9:00am - 10:00am

    Registration and Badge Pickup

  • 10:00am - 11:30am

    Leading Nursing Disruption - Healthcare Beyond the Hospital.

    Dr. Dan Weberg,  PhD, MHI, RN, FAAN. Innovation Leader and Deviation Amplifier.
    1.5 CE Credits

    Session goals: This session is led by Dr. Dan Weberg, PhD, MHI, BSN, RN, FAAN. Dan has worked with large health systems, technology startups, and academia to pull healthcare into the future. This session will use the science of innovation leadership to create tangible ways nursing leaders can address the pressing opportunities facing our profession. From provocative perspectives on the forces shaping our healthcare organizations to the leadership tactics that can help us lead into the unknown, this presentation will frame the conference with excitement, urgency, and innovation.

    We will discover the following:
    1) What forces are creating the paradigm shifting moment in healthcare.
    2) How innovation leadership science can help leaders manage disruptive change.
    3) Simple innovation approaches leaders can use every day to create meaningful change.

  • 11:30am - 12:00pm

    Morning Break and Exhibitor Hall

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Nursing Advancement - Changing from a Culture of Transactions to a Culture of Service and Connection.

    Jennifer Gentry, MSN, RN, NEA-BC. Division Chief Nursing Officer for TX, NM, OR, Eastern WA and MT, Providence.
    1.0 CE Credit

    Session goals: We will delve into the root causes underlying the prevailing transactional mindset within the nursing profession. Through insightful discussions, we will propose effective strategies and interventions designed to lead nurses towards a transformative journey, reigniting their sense of purpose and guiding them back to the core values that define us as nurses.

  • 1:00pm - 2:15pm

    Lunch and Exhibitors Hall Break

  • 2:15pm - 3:15pm

    Confirming the Case for Meaningful Connections in Healthcare

    Marie Cockerham, MN, RN, eCPR-C, Director, CARE4U Well-being & Support Program, Associate Director, Patient Care Services - University of Washington. Cheri Constantino-Shor, MSN, RN, PMH-BC, CRNI, CMSRN, Director of Professional Engagement and Nursing Excellence and Patient Care Services - University of Washington.
    1.0 CE Credit

    Session Goals: This session will detail how two University of Washington Medical Center nurse experts collaborated with senior nursing leaders and the Patient Experience team to launch a multi-campus, system-wide Meaningful Connection workshop initiative to address the impact of the incredible challenges that our healthcare teams have faced over the past several years. The results of this session are vital as this program offers a system-level, evidence-based, practical, and actionable strategy to address the rampant burnout, disengagement, and the subsequent impacts on patient quality and outcomes for our modern, post-pandemic healthcare teams.

    Session objectives include:
    1) Identifying current barriers around building meaningful connections and relationships in healthcare.
    2) Understanding the neuroscience behind relentless exposure to stress, specifically for frontline nurses and nurse leaders.
    3) Benefits of implementing a program that supports intentional connection in healthcare environments.
    4) How implementing a "Meaningful Connection" initiative can drive sustainable change in the health and culture of the nursing workforce.

  • 3:15pm - 3:40pm

    Afternoon Break and Exhibitor Hall

  • 3:40pm - 4:30pm

    Bold Banter: Turning Colleagues into Thought Partners

    Ann Tardy, JD, CPA, CSP. MentorLead CEO and Founder.

    Session goals: At the conference Ann will lead us through an interactive and immersive experience! Attendees will be guided through a Bold Banter® exercise to learn how to move from chit-chat into conversations that matter. Effectively leveraging mentoring as an an ongoing opportunity, built of small moments, turning colleagues into thought partners.

    This engaging and interactive session includes:
    1) We’ll gain a deeper understanding of the transformative impact of mentoring by engaging in mentoring conversations.
    2) Discover an innovative approach to evolve our connections, new and old.
    3) Get ready to turn friendly chitchat into meaningful conversations, expand your professional network, and cultivate relationships that will support your growth and development long after the NWONL conference concludes.

  • 4:30pm - 5:00pm

    Evening Break and Exhibitor Hall

  • 5:00pm - 6:30pm

    Annual Conference Reception & Social Event

Friday, May 17, 2024

  • 7:30am - 8:30am

    Breakfast and Exhibit Hall

  • 8:30am - 10:00am

    Leadership Development - Don’t come back from hell empty handed. Gaining wisdom from experience.

    Dr. Barbara L. Mackoff, EdD. Author "Leadership Laboratory for Nurse Leaders", international leadership development consultant and senior faculty at AONL.
    1.5 CE Credits

    Session goals: Participants will have an opportunity to consider the reasons we don’t learn from experience. From this you will learn how to create moments of meaning that yield long-term understanding. Session activities include strategies to process critical feedback , comparing a growth mindset to a fixed mindset, discovering blind spots, finding the good lessons in bad experiences and conducting a success audit.

  • 10:00am - 10:30am

    Morning Break and Exhibit Hall

  • 10:30am - 11:30am

    Nursing Leadership - The Work of "Now” - Instilling hope for nursing.

    Dr. Syl Trepanier, DNP, RN, FAONL, FAAN. Senior Vice President and System Chief Nursing Officer, Providence.
    1.0 CE Credit

    Session goals: Safety is the number one priority for nurse leaders, and ensuring safe staffing is critical. Safe staffing in an era of nurse shortages must be achieved by a radical change to the current models of care. In this session, Dr. Trepanier will challenge attendees to identify idiosyncrasies noted in their respective work environments and challenge the status quo. Clinical organizations must innovate by implementing and testing new models of care while partnering with their local academic colleagues to develop a new body of evidence.

  • 11:30am - 12:00pm

    NWONL Updates and Exhibitor's Raffle

  • 12:00pm - 12:00pm