Pinnacle Lecture Series

Each semester, the Connell School brings a widely recognized nurse leader to Boston College to speak on an issue at the forefront of health care. Pinnacle lectures are open to all CSON students, staff, faculty, alumni, and preceptors and practitioners and scholars unaffiliated with Boston College are welcome.

FALL 2018

Preparing Transformational Nursing Leaders in a Shifting Landscape

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

5:00 p.m.
Yawkey Center, Murray Room


Lorna Finnegan


President of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) 

Executive Associate Dean
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing

Lorna Finnegan

Lorna Finnegan, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, will discuss the role that strong leadership plays in how nurses guide and improve a rapidly changing health care system. The future of nursing demands the knowledge, skills, and experience of expert clinicians. Together with other health professionals, nurses can lead effectively to produce the best possible patient outcomes, deliver high-quality care, and work collaboratively throughout the system.

A reception will follow the presentation.

Lecture attendees receive 1.25 contact hours for nursing continuing education. These may be used for RN license renewal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and in other states where they are accepted.



Pinnacle lecture

Monday, April 1, 2019

5:00 p.m.
Yawkey Center, Murray Room


Sheila Davis


Chief of Clinical Operations
Partners in Health 

RSVPs will be taken in early 2019.

Sheila Davis

Past Pinnacle Lecture Speakers

Click on the links below to view past lectures

Susan Orsega
Chief Nurse Officer, United States Public Health Service
Spring 2018

Marla Weston
Chief Executive Officer, American Nurses Association Enterprise
Fall 2017

Patricia Flatley Brennan
Director, National Library of Medicine
Spring 2017

Loretta Sweet Jemmott
Vice President for Health and Health Equity and
Professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions,
Drexel University

Fall 2016

Kathleen Rice Simpson
Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
Editor in Chief, 
MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
Spring 2015

Margaret Grey
Annie W. Goodrich Professor, Yale School of Nursing
Fall 2015

Antonia M. Villarruel
Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Spring 2015

Maureen E. Gormley '85
Chief Operating Officer, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center
Fall 2014









Courtney H. Lyder
Dean and Professor, UCLA School of Nursing
Assistant Director, UCLA Health System
Executive Director, UCLA Health System Patient Safety Institute

Spring 2014

Maureen P. McCausland ’72, M.S. ’77
Senior Vice President and System Chief Nursing Officer, MedStar Health
Fall 2013

Lee Woodruff
Best-selling author, CBS This Morning show contributor
Co-founder, Bob Woodruff Foundation

Spring 2013

Angela Barron McBride
Distinguished Professor and University Dean Emerita, Indiana University School of Nursing
Fall 2012

Karen Daley, M.S. '04, Ph.D. '10
President, American Nurses Association
Spring 2012

Karen H. Morin
President of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Fall 2011

Linda Burnes Bolton
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Spring 2011

Terry Fulmer, M.S. '77, Ph.D. '83 
Dean, New York University College of Nursing
Fall 2010