PLENARY SPEAKERS

Richard Ricciardi

Richard Ricciardi
PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN

2019-2021 President, Sigma

LIVE Opening Plenary Session

Sponsored by Mercer Consumer

Thursday, 10 September 2020

10:00-10:20 a.m. (1000-1020)

The Power of Belonging: Benefits of Professional Organizations

Active membership with professional organizations goes far beyond the obvious benefits of career development, access to education, and networking opportunities. Belonging to a common group of peers brings with it the joy and privilege of helping others beyond those in your immediate workplace and provides access to limitless possibilities for professional achievement and fulfillment, both locally and globally.

Sigma President Ric Ricciardi will expand on these ideas, and relate how his own experiences have helped shape his career in this thoughtful opening session.

Richard Ricciardi is a Professor at The George Washington University School of Nursing and the current Sigma President. Prior to joining GW in 2018, Ric served as the Director, Division of Practice Improvement and the Senior Advisor for Nursing at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). At AHRQ, Ric’s research focused on ambulatory care practice improvements in the areas of teams, team-based care, outcomes measurement, treatment of acute and chronic pain, and improving patient safety practices.

Prior to joining AHRQ in 2010, Ric served on active duty in the Army for 30 years and held numerous positions as a pediatric and family nurse practitioner, clinical scientist, and senior leader. In his last two positions on active duty, Ric served as chief of nursing research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and director of research at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

In addition to having experience in the clinical, research, educational, and health policy areas, Ric brings corporate governance expertise to the President position. Ric has served community and national-level boards of many nonprofit corporations and associations.

He served as president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), president of the NAPNAP Foundation, chair of the Sigma Building Corporation, and treasurer and vice-president of Sigma. Ric maintains a part-time nurse practitioner practice at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is honored to serve as Sigma President and is excited to serve all members during this biennium.


Kimberly Harper

Kimberly Harper
MS, RN, FAAN

Chief Executive Officer, Indiana Center for Nursing; Nursing Lead, Indiana Action Coalition

LIVE Plenary Session 2

Sponsored by University of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions

Thursday, 10 September 2020

12:30-1:15 p.m. (1230-1315)

My Journey Through Board Leadership: Creating a Plan for Success

Nurses bring a critical point of view to governing boards across many disciplines and industries, notably to many nonprofit organizations, membership associations, and advocacy groups. Your role as a Sigma chapter leader may be just the beginning of your goals for growth and professional achievement. Where will you go from here to advance your career and give a voice to the profession?

Kimberly Harper is the Chief Executive Officer, Indiana Center for Nursing; Nursing Lead, Indiana Action Coalition and a Past President of the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers. Kimberly serves on many local and national boards and currently serves as Board Chair Emeritus of the Nurses on Boards Coalition at the national level frequently publishing and speaking both nationally and internationally on the importance of the nursing voice in board governance.


Elizabeth Madigan

Elizabeth Madigan
PhD, RN, FAAN

Chief Executive Officer, Sigma

LIVE Post-Event CEO Chat

Thursday, 10 September 2020

2:00-2:30 p.m. (1400-1430)

Take it Home! - Final Thoughts From Sigma’s CEO

Join us after your sessions for a fun and interactive live chat with Sigma's CEO, Liz Madigan! Play a game of Sigma trivia, share your thoughts, and chat with other chapter leaders and Sigma staff.

Liz Madigan is the Chief Executive Officer of Sigma. She assumed the position in November 2017 following a 21 year period as a tenured professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio. Her clinical background and her program of research focused on home health care. She has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and private foundations for her research. She is widely published in the area. During her time at Case Western she led the global health initiatives for the school of nursing and has provided consultation in multiple countries for home care and aging care in the community. She is a graduate of Wright State University, Dayton Ohio (BSN), The Ohio State University (MS in nursing) and Case Western Reserve (PhD), a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and proud member of Sigma Theta Tau.

Since assuming the position as Chief Executive Officer, she had led initiatives in strengthening the scholarship offerings from Sigma, raised funds for new research grants in conjunction with partner organizations, and obtained funding to support nursing students in accelerated baccalaureate and doctor of nursing practice programs. Sigma continues to work with universities around the world to develop chapters with recent changes to simplify the chapter development process. The two scholarly journals, Journal of Nursing Scholarship and Worldviews on Evidence Based Nursing are ranked in the top ten in impact factor among all nursing journals worldwide. The online continuing nursing education/continuing professional development program offers more than 100 contact hours of programming for Sigma members.