PLENARY SPEAKERS

Richard Ricciardi

Richard Ricciardi
PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN

2019-2021 President, Sigma

Opening Plenary Session

Friday, 11 September 2020

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

Infuse Joy for Member, Chapter, and Future Success

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

Plenary Session 2

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Noon-12:45 p.m. (1200-1245)

My Journey Through Board Leadership: Creating a Plan for Success

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.


Liz Madigan

Elizabeth Madigan
PhD, RN, FAAN

Chief Executive Officer, Sigma

Closing Plenary Session

Sunday, 13 September 2020

1:45-2:30 p.m. (1345-1430)

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

Liz Madigan is the Chief Executive Officer of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (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, in 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 Sigma member.

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.