Executive Leadership Summit

The Power to Lead

April 2–4, 2017

Perioperative leaders face their own set of unique challenges. From budgets to compliance, staff retention, and infection prevention, perioperative leaders must know not only the business side of health care but also be up-to-date on clinical changes. Learn new strategies and tactics for solving the most pressing issues facing today’s perioperative leaders and health care facilities at AORN’s Executive Leadership Summit.

Network with over 600 perioperative leaders during this 3-day conference. Enjoy a private networking lounge, complimentary breakfast and lunch, and robust discussions with renowned speakers.

How the Summit Works

  • Held in conjunction with the Global Surgical Conference & Expo, the Executive Leadership Summit is a conference within a conference.
  • Registrants may attend any of the Executive Leadership Summit sessions or choose to attend the regular conference sessions and events.
  • Registrants may attend the Global Surgical Conference & Expo sessions and events taking place before and after the Executive Leadership Summit.

Session Topics

  • Address Unprofessional Behavior
  • Big Data
  • Combat Surgery
  • Future of Health Care
  • Go Clear Award
  • Human Capital Management
  • Operations Management Principles and Analytics

  • Remote Video Auditing
  • Safe Procedure Review
  • Staffing Plans
  • Starting Your OR on Time
  • Sterile Processing
  • Surgical Site Infection

Speaker Highlights

Bruce L. Tulgan

Opening Session: Generational Shift - Leveraging Generational Diversity in the Workplace

Bruce L. Tulgan

Bruce Tulgan is internationally recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace and one of the leading experts on leadership and management. Bruce is a best-selling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer.

Since 1995, Bruce has worked with tens of thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations ranging from Aetna to Wal-Mart; from the Army to the YMCA. In recent years, Bruce was named by Management Today as one of the few contemporary figures to stand out as a “management guru” and he was named to the 2009 Thinkers 50 rising star list. On August 13, 2009, Bruce was honored to accept Toastmasters International’s most prestigious honor, the Golden Gavel. This honor is annually presented to a single person who represents excellence in the fields of communication and leadership. Past winners have included Stephen Covey, Zig Ziglar, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Ken Blanchard, Tom Peters, Art Linkletter, Dr. Joyce Brothers, and Walter Cronkite.

Bruce’s most recent books include the updated and expanded edition of Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage the Millennials (Wiley/Jossey-Bass: Revised Updated 2016; originally published 2009) and Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: How to Teach the Missing Basics to Today’s Young Talent (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2015). He is also the author of The 27 Challenges Managers Face (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2014), and the best-selling It's Okay to Be the Boss (HarperCollins: Revised Updated 2014 ; originally published 2007), and Managing Generation X (W.W. Norton, 2000). Bruce’s other books include Winning the Talent Wars (W.W. Norton, 2001), which received widespread acclaim from Fortune 500 CEOs and business journalists; the best-seller Fast Feedback (HRD Press,1998); Managing the Generation Mix (HRD Press, 2006) and It's Okay to Manage Your Boss (Jossey-Bass, 2010). Many of Bruce’s works have been published around the world in foreign editions.

Bruce lectures at the Yale Graduate School of Management, as well as other academic institutions, and his writing appears regularly in human resources, staffing and management journals, including a regular column in TRAINING magazine called ‘Sticky Notes’ and a regular column in the Huffington Post. His writing has also appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers such as the Harvard Business Review, BusinessWeek, HR Magazine, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. As well, his work has been the subject of thousands of news stories around the world.

Before founding RainmakerThinking in 1993, Bruce practiced law at the Wall Street firm of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn. He graduated with high honors from Amherst College, received his law degree from the New York University School of Law, and is still a member of the Bar in Massachusetts and New York. Bruce continues his lifelong study of Okinawan Uechi Ryu Karate Do and holds a sixth degree black belt, making him a Renshi master of the style. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut with his wife Debby Applegate, Ph.D., who won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for her book The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher (Doubleday, 2006).

Paul Keckley, PhD

General Session: Latest Update on the Future of Health Care

Paul H. Keckley, PhD

What changes can we expect as a result of the election and potential new directions of health care? How might it impact your OR? During this session, you will have the opportunity to hear the expectations from a leading authority on health care. You will be able to ask questions and discuss the different attendee perspectives.

Keckley is the Managing Editor of The Keckley Report, a healthcare researcher and widely known industry expert. In addition to The Keckley Report, he authors a regular column for Hospitals & Health Networks and has published 3 books and over 250 articles.

Michael B. Yaffe, MD, PhD

Closing Session: Combat Surgery in Afghanistan and Boston

Michael B. Yaffe, MD, PhD

Michael Yaffe, MD, PhD, a faculty member of the Division of Acute Care Surgery, Trauma, and Surgical Critical Care, and also the Division of Surgical Oncology, recently received a Bronze Star Medal.

A Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps, Dr. Yaffe is also the David H. Koch Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Bronze Star is awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces for heroic or meritorious achievement or service in a combat zone. Pictured is Dr. Yaffe at a Special Forces base in Afghanistan.