Featured Speakers

Katie Boston-Leary, PhD, MBA, MHA, NEA-BC  

Katie Boston-Leary

Katie Boston-Leary works as the director of nursing programs at the American Nurses Association, overseeing the Nursing Practice and Work Environment Division and Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation. She also: co-leads Project Firstline, a collaborative with the CDC for training on Infection Prevention and Control; co-chairs the DEI committee for the Healthcare Leaders Network Delaware Valley; and leads a non-profit, The Reach Initiative, LLC, which provides executive coaching to healthcare leaders with a focus on providing pro bono services to BIPOC nurses.

Boston-Leary also redesigned the Nurse Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland with an embedded coaching program. In 2019, the Health Leaders Media Journal identified her as “One of Five Chief Nursing Officers Changing Healthcare.”

As a well-known speaker nationally and internationally with many publications and podcast guest invitations, Boston-Leary has been interviewed for stories in numerous media outlets, and has authored multiple articles on racism, DEI, well-being, and other challenges in nursing and healthcare overall.


Maggie Cook 

Magie Cook

Magie Cook was born in an orphanage in Mexico, but eventually became an entrepreneur, author, CEO of a multi-million-dollar company, and motivational speaker. After immigrating to the U.S. on a college basketball scholarship, she created Magie’s All-Natural Fresh Salsa’s & Dips, and within four years, distributed products to almost 40 states. In 2015, she sold her company to Campbell’s Soup, and later returned to Mexico and rescued 31 orphaned children from a drug cartel.

Cook has won the Nobel Entrepreneurial Prize in Mexico, the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Small Business Administration, and authored the book, “Mindful Success - How to use your mind to transform your life.” She also started a movement focused on solving the generational problem of human trafficking.

As a motivational speaker, she continues to deliver powerful speeches on leadership, social impact, philanthropy, and peak performance.


Alex Haynes, MD, MPH 

Alex Haynes, MD, MPH

Alex Haynes, MD, MPH, is a surgical oncologist and health services researcher who currently serves as the associate chair for investigation and discovery for the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas Austin.

His academic career has focused on the development, testing, and scaled implementation of teamwork-based interventions to improve surgical care delivery. He initially worked as part of the team that helped develop the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist and was subsequently involved in multiple efforts to implement checklist-based safety programs at scale. He continues to be engaged in domestic and international efforts to improve surgical care delivery.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Texas, he was an associate professor of surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Medical School, as well as the director of the Safe Surgery Program at Ariadne Labs.


Randall L. Heiser 

Randy Heiser

Randy Heiser – who has specialized in perioperative consulting since 1992 – currently serves as the President of Sullivan Healthcare Consulting, LLC. During his career, he has directed more than 1,800 surgery department operational improvement studies in programs ranging from small community hospitals and freestanding surgery centers to some of the largest university hospitals in the country.

He was instrumental in the design, development, and implementation of the Surgery Benchmark Program (which has been used by more than 280 hospitals) and has also helped design several proprietary surgery scheduling information systems currently available in North America.

Heiser often speaks at national and regional events focused on surgery.


Chaunte Lowe 

Chaunté Lowe

Chaunté Lowe is a decorated high jumper who has participated in four Olympics and earned three American records and Global Championship medals. And she achieved most of that while having three children.

But this breast cancer survivor – whose been featured in Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, and Vogue – is also a world-renowned resilience speaker known for her infectious "I can do anything” attitude. Her advocacy work focuses on early detection and breast cancer awareness to save lives, and in 2021, she received the NCAA Inspiration Award.

Lowe’s speeches are known for being animated, entertaining, and humorous, so get ready to smile from your core and be inspired.


Clint Pulver 

Clint Pulver

Clint Pulver gained acclaim as the “Undercover Millennial,” and is regarded as the leading authority on employee retention. His book, “I Love It Here: How Great Leaders Create Organizations Their People Never Want to Leave,” shares insights gathered from numerous interviews with employees from across the U.S.

This Emmy Award-winning entrepreneur also founded The Center for Retention, which has helped organizations retain, engage, and inspire their team members. He has more than a decade of experience in business start-up, leadership, sales management, management training, and helping teams grow large accounts.

Today, Pulver continues to speak to groups around the world, and carries the reputation as a high-energy motivator (complete with drumsticks) focused on spreading a powerful message on employee retention and creating moments that matter.


Alex Sheen 

Alex Sheen

Alex Sheen founded the social movement and non-profit organization, because I said I would., which is dedicated to bettering humanity through promises made and kept. After losing his father, Sheen started sending free “promise cards” (which hold people accountable to a commitment) to anyone who requested them. In the last 10 years, his company has sent more than 13 million cards to almost 180 countries.

Some of Sheen’s promises have included walking 245 miles across Ohio in 10 days, volunteering at 52 different nonprofit organizations in a single year, and donating almost $5 million in speaker fees to charity.

Sheen is also a five-time Tedx Talk speaker, and because of his work, has appeared on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN, The Today Show, NPR, and more.

Dr. Renee Thompson 

Dr. Renee Thompson

As a leading authority on creating healthy workforces by eliminating bullying and incivility, Dr. Renee Thompson is an in-demand speaker, author, and consultant. Dr. Thompson has worked for more than 30 years as a clinical nurse, nurse educator, quality manager, and nurse executive. As the founder (and CEO) of the Healthy Workforce Institute, she spends much of her time working with healthcare leaders looking to cultivate a healthy workforce.

Dr. Thompson has earned recognition for her work for eradicate disruptive behaviors in healthcare and has received multiple awards including the Nursing Excellence Award. Her blog has also won multiple awards as “must read” among the online nursing community.

Additionally, she is one of about 30 nurses in the world who have achieved the certified speaking professional designation, and in 2018, LinkedIn recognized her as one of the “Top Ten Voices in Healthcare.”