Plenary Speakers

All session times are in Central Standard Time (UTC-6)


Opening Plenary Session

Friday, 10 February 2023

2:00-3:15 p.m. (1400-1515)

Sponsored by

Phi Pi Chapter

Building Belonging at Work

Belonging is an outcome of human interactions, and it is built or destroyed one interaction at a time. It is developed on an interpersonal level with practices that contribute to feeling known, valued, and safe. Learn the research-based, simple practices that build belonging wherever you are.

Wendy Gates Corbett

Wendy Gates Corbett


Wendy Gates Corbett is on a mission to show you that building a culture of belonging does not have to be complicated. It is the ordinary, everyday acts that we do that contribute to the people we work with feeling known, valued, and safe. She champions this through her professional speaking, her work as the President of Signature Presentations and as an Adjunct Professor of Management and Leadership at Duke University.

Wendy works with individuals and organizational leaders at all levels to identify, acknowledge, and address barriers to building thriving workspaces to create sustainable, safe cultures where employees know they can express 100% of themselves without fear. Having trained more than 100,000 people over the past 20 years, Wendy is a respected leader in the training industry. She is a past member of the international board of directors for the Association for Talent Development.

Wendy speaks globally on building belonging, confidence, clarity, and powerful presence. She is currently doing research on building belonging at work and her book on the topic is scheduled to be published in the fall of 2022. For more information visit

Presentation of Healthy Work Environment Awards

The Academic and Clinical Healthy Work Environment Awards will be presented during the opening plenary session.

Psi Upsilon Chapter     and     Western Governors University

Plenary Session 2

Saturday, 11 February 2023

9:00-9:45 a.m. (0900-0945)

Faculty, Staff and Students Matter

UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing (SON) uses a multi-faceted approach to supporting the physical and psychosocial needs of faculty, staff and students to sustain a healthy work environment. The SON has an organizational structure that facilitates faculty, staff and student engagement in the decision-making process. Specific strategies to support the work environment include a faculty mentoring program through the Office of Faculty Excellence, robust Student Success Center, a Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council, and Committee on Faculty, Staff, and Student Matters (COFSSM).

Megan Pfitzinger Lippe PhD, MSN, RN

Megan Pfitzinger Lippe


Jacqueline M. McGrath, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN

Jacqueline M. McGrath


Academic Healthy Work Environment Award Recipient

UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing

Megan Lippe PhD, RN is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Nursing. She is a recognized emerging leader for palliative nursing care education. Dr. Lippe’s funding and publications are in areas related to instrument development, simulation, nursing and interprofessional education, and social justice. She is a co-investigator with the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), focused on advancing palliative care education in nursing schools. Dr. Lippe is a 2019 Cambia Sojourns Scholar and recipient of the 2017 ELNEC Award and 2019 Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association New Investigator Award.

Jacqueline McGrath, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN is a tenured Full Professor of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Nursing. She is also the Vice Dean for Faculty Excellence, and she holds the Thelma & Joe Crowe endowed professorship. She is recognized as an expert in neonatal individualized family center care, and co-editor of Developmental Care for Newborns and Infants: A Guide for Health Professions, (3rd edition, 2022). She is also the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Neonatal Care the official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses.

Plenary Session 3

Saturday, 11 February 2023

2:25-3:10 p.m. (1415-1500)

One Unit's Journey Towards Building A Culture Of Compassion & Collaboration

This session showcases the elements of a Healthy Work Environment pioneered on a medical surgical unit at a community hospital. The unit highlights recognition, communication, health & wellbeing, and teamwork. Collaboration among the team promotes high quality care, psychosocial wellness, and resilience.

Kerlene T. Richards DNP, RN, CCRN

Kerlene T. Richards


Rachel Landau BSN RN-BC

Rachel Landau


Clinical Healthy Work Environment Award Recipient

Long Island Jewish Valley Stream

Dr. Kerlene Richards is a Manager of Patient Care Services with knowledge of training and mentoring which is exhibited through demonstrated ability to build nurses’ capacity, resilience, and confidence. Dr. Richards collaborates with inter-disciplinary teams to foster a healthy work environment and cultivate collaborative relationships. She holds active memberships in many professional organizations and uses these forums to disseminate best practice through poster and podium presentations. Dr. Richards received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chamberlain University, her Masters in Nursing from Long Island University, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Medgar Evers College.

Rachel Landau is a certified medical surgical nurse who serves patients in an acute care setting. Rachel engages in antimicrobial stewardship efforts with members of the interdisciplinary team, and serves as a member of the Infection Prevention, and Research & Evidence-Based Practice Committee. She was also appointed as the Principal Investigator (PI) for the health system nursing leadership study. Rachel creates education materials, mentors and supervises student nurses to promote health literacy and healthy communities.


Closing Plenary Session

Sunday, 12 February 2023

10:50-11:50 a.m. (1050-1150)

Sponsored by

Johnson & Johnson

Global Policy and Best Practices to Optimize Healthy Work Environments

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is the global voice of 28 million nurses. Evidence informed policy resources will be integrated to advance advocacy, accountability, and action for the safety, security and respect of our populations and profession.

Michelle Acorn, DNP, NP PHC/Adult, FCAN, FAAN, GNC(C)

Michelle Acorn

Dr. Michelle Acorn is a Doctor of Nurse Practitioner/Nursing Practice, dually registered as both a Primary Health Care and Adult Nurse Practitioner. Michelle holds national nursing certifications in Emergency and Gerontology and an international certification as a Global Nurse Consultant.

Michelle was inducted as an inaugural Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing (FCAN) and is also an inaugural international Miller Foundation Post-Doctoral System Chief Nurse Executive Fellow in the Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy at Case Western University. Her diverse clinical expertise includes practicing in the Emergency, as a Hospitalist, innovating GAIN (Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Networks), and pioneering the most responsible provider (MRP) impacts of a NP–led model of inpatient hospital care and primary care in corrections.

In 2018, Michelle transitioned to executive leadership modernizing the Provincial Chief Nursing Officer role in Ontario, Canada to provide ministerial strategic nursing expertise as the technical and clinical advisor. She co-chaired the national Principal Nursing Advisors Task Force and acted as the Canadian delegate. Her scholarship and knowledge translation are in textbooks, peer-reviewed articles, evidence informed toolkits, and quality improvement initiates. She is recognized for her leadership, mentorship, preceptorship, and teaching. Michelle has served as Chief Nurse at ICN since May 2021.