Key Conference Components

The annual NHCGNE Leadership Conference is open to all practitioners interested in gerontology and career development. Below are two key components of every conference.

The Mary Starke Harper Distinguished Leader Interview

Named in honor of Mary Starke Harper, recognized as a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing in 2001, this interview highlights the career of a nurse leader who has made significant contributions to the field of gerontology. The indelible wisdom and grace of these proven legends is an invaluable gift to our future leaders. Building on the strength of past leaders supports the promise within the next generation of nurses.
Previous Honorees
2017
Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN
2016
Brigadier General Clara Adams-Ender, PhD, RN, MSN, CNAA, FAAN
2015
Kathleen A. Dracup, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN
2014
Callista Roy, PhD, RN, FAAN
2013
Meridean Maas, PhD, RN, FAAN
2012
May L. Wykle, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA
2011
Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN
2010
Angela McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN
2009
Mary Starke Harper Memorial
2008
Gloria Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN
2007
Shirley Chater, RN, PhD, FAAN
2006
Loretta Ford, EdD, RN, PNP, FAAN, FAANP
2005
Claire M. Fagin, PhD, RN, FAAN
2004
Luther Christman, PhD, RN, FAAN
2003
Florence Wald, RN, MN, MA, FAAN
2002
Mary Starke Harper, RN, PhD, FAAN

Norman Volk Discourse

This keynote session is named in honor of Norman Volk, a talented advocate, effective leader and man of character. Norman Volk, a past chair of the John A. Hartford Foundation’s Board of Trustees, is an avid supporter of the Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative. This session is meant to be futuristic, yet is anchored in real world challenges, preparing the attendees to think in new leadership directions to advance care for older adults. The format is a presentation by a keynote speaker, followed by a moderator led discussion with a panel of experts.
The 2018 Leadership conference
November 13-14, 2018
Boston, Massachusetts
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Mary Starke Harper was a leader in the field of gerontology and a staunch advocate for patient rights.

Norman Volk is a strong supporter of aging and health, having made various contributions to the cause.