NTI SuperSessions: Inspiration, Entertainment, Motivation

NTI attendees frequently say they come to NTI to be inspired, entertained and motivated. And this year’s SuperSessions promise to deliver.

The week kicks off strongly on Monday, when AACN President Lisa Riggs shares her thoughts on where the nursing profession is today and what she has learned related to the AACN theme “Our Voice, Our Strength.”

Riggs is system director of regulatory readiness at Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, Missouri, where she has served as director of quality and patient safety, program director of CV quality, clinical director of patient care services and as a clinical nurse and clinical nurse specialist.

Riggs will be followed by the fearless Michelle Poler. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, to a family of holocaust survivors, Poler was accustomed to living with fear. But when she moved to New York to pursue her education, she quickly realized that the city was no place for the fearful and set out to face 100 fears in 100 days. Founder of Hello Fears — a platform aimed at making the world a braver place through a mix of live events, video series, podcast interviews and daily inspirational posts — she has a humorous and inspiring style that will show you how to challenge your comfort zone to tap into your full potential.

Tuesday’s speaker, Dan Heath, has co-written four of the most-loved business books of the past decade: “Made to Stick,” “Switch,” “Decisive” and his latest book, “The Power of Moments,” which explores why certain brief experiences can jolt, elevate and change us — and how we can learn to create these extraordinary moments in our life and work.

A senior fellow at Duke University’s CASE center, which supports entrepreneurs who fight for social good, Heath is himself an entrepreneur, having founded Thinkwell, an innovative education company. He has delivered keynotes and workshops for teachers, police, U.S. senators, interior designers, Navy admirals, healthcare leaders, marketers, ministers and countless executive teams across 26 countries on six continents — and he says he’s still waiting for an invitation from Antarctica.

The celebration continues Wednesday morning when AACN President-elect Megan Brunson shares her uniquely personal perspective on bedside nursing. Night-shift supervisor in the cardiovascular ICU (CVICU) at Medical City Dallas Hospital, Brunson will also unveil the new AACN theme for the coming year.

Brunson will be followed onstage by what can only be called pure poetry. Sekou Andrews is the world’s leading poetic voice — a presenter/performer who is disrupting the speaking industry in unprecedented ways. A schoolteacher turned actor, musician, two-time national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur and now award-winning poetic voice, Sekou is the creator of Poetic Voice, a cutting-edge speaking category that seamlessly fuses inspirational speaking with spoken-word poetry to make messages more moving and memorable.

So plan to be inspired, entertained and motivated by each exciting moment at this year’s SuperSessions!