Leadership Summit

AORN Expo 2023 | April 1-4 | San Antonio

Immerse Yourself in Brilliance

Rub elbows with some of the brightest minds in our industry and immerse yourself in the business/management side of perioperative nursing.

All Access Pass

Leadership Summit attendees can also attend education sessions, poster displays, the Expo Hall, and the other networking events and activities taking place at the main conference. Watch sessions you missed on demand when you return home and obtain up to 200 continuing education contact hours.

SOLD OUT IN 2022! Register Early to Save Your Seat.

Leadership Summit Speakers


Nursing Administrator

Downs currently serves as a nursing administrator and is dual certified in Executive Nursing Leadership and as health care quality.

Angie Keister, PhD

Organizational Development Consultant and Executive Coach

Angie Keister is passionate about coaching leaders and guiding high performance teams to thrive.

Sharlet McGowen, MSN

CNOR Certified Nurse Leader

Sharlet McGowen is a certified nurse leader with more than 35 years of experience in leadership and operations in diverse clinical environments.

Paula M. Neira, JD, MSN, RN, CEN, FAAN

Program Director of LGBTQ+ Equity and Education, Johns Hopkins

Neira – whose session at Leadership Summit is titled “Ask. Listen. Learn. Lead” – received multiple decorations for service in the Navy before becoming a nurse.

Margaret E. Vance, MSN, RN, CNOR

Educator and Clinical Nurse Education Specialist, Pennsylvania Hospital

Margaret Vance has been a perioperative RN for more than 10 years and has held various roles in the operating room.

Jason Goodwin, MS, MPH, RN, CNOR

President, Innovative Cultures Consulting LLC

Jason Goodwin has served in numerous perioperative leadership roles, and has experience with regulatory issues, quality and safety, evidence-based care, and nursing administration.

  • Managers and directors who are involved in leading the surgical suite
  • Emerging leaders seeking to grow into leadership
  • OR Directors and Managers
  • Vice Presidents of Nursing
  • Chief Nursing Officers
  • Risk Managers
  • Quality Control Managers
  • Patient Safety Officers
  • Authentic Leadership
  • Creating Healthy Work Cultures
  • Improving Care for Diverse Patient Populations
  • Multi-generational Workforces
  • Quality Improvement Techniques
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Succession Planning and Mentorship
  • Surgical Block Schedules

What’s Included in Your Leadership Summit Experience:

  • Four days of leader-focused education sessions
  • Exclusive leader networking lounge
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch
  • Access to award-winning leadership poster education
  • On-demand session recordings

Membership at AORN provides both seasoned and emerging periop leaders with the resources, education, and connections to support their careers and deal with an array of challenges. AORN focuses on the needs of periop leaders and provides them with opportunities to connect and learn with colleagues from across the U.S. Leader members also receive an additional $50 off leadership registration.

“I have implemented some new ideas based the sessions I attended at the AORN Leadership Summit, and it has improved my overall employee engagement, which impacts patient outcomes.”

- Conference Attendee

“The speakers at the Leadership Summit were amazing. They were inspiring and gave me a sense of refreshment in this role where it is easy to become burned out. I feel empowered, inspired, and full of ideas!”

- Conference Attendee