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Joel Boggess PhotoJoel Boggess, MBA, MA

Motivational Speaker
Finding your Voice LLC
Because of the selfless, and heroic efforts of nurses and other health care professionals, Joel Boggess not only survived a triple skull fracture (basilar), decerebration, and a four-week coma, he learned how to live life fully.

Now, at age 48, the recovery, and never give up lessons that were woven into him by the obvious, and not-so-obvious heroes, has forever changed the way he sees possibilities, potential, and promise.

Joel helps nurses navigate change, do more with less, and thrive.

His motivational content, and practical how-to pieces, have appeared on in Networking Times and in Huffington Post.

Joel's latest book, Finding your Voice, hit the #1 spot in the success and self esteem categories and was spotlighted by the editors of Success Magazine and included as a Success Book Summary.

Because of the intimate, life-saving experiences that nurses and caregivers encounter on a daily basis, the ability to relate, understand, and connect with a healthcare audience, comes natural, is felt throughout the room, and is almost immediate.

Originally from San Antonio, Joel and his wife Pei live in Texas, and have a Golden Retriever and a Golden rescue, Bubba and Happy.

Step Into your Superpower
Without safeguards, strategies, and 1-2-3 steps for implementation, caregivers can find themselves worn-out, overwhelmed and unsure of how to navigate the complexities of a changing and regulated environment.

Without a plan for renewal, and the building-up of emotional, mental, and physical resilience, commitment to the profession, could turn into a recipe for frustration and burnout.

The good news is, research in the fields of happiness and positive psychology, have shown that resilience - the ability to bounce back from family and relationship problems, serious health difficulties, or workplace and financial stressors, can be learned, honed, and mastered.

Attendees will walk away with science-backed strategies, that will bring them higher levels of health, happiness, and success.

Learning Objectives
  • Simple steps for self care
  • Simple steps for self leadership
  • Simple steps for collaboration

Cynthia Clark photoCynthia Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Strategic Nursing Advisor
ATI Nursing Education
Dr. Cynthia Clark is Strategic Nursing Advisor for ATI Nursing Education, Professor Emeritus, and Founder of Civility Matters®. She serves as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the National League for Nursing, and co-chaired the American Nurses Association Professional Panel on Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence. Her theory-driven interventions, empirical measurements, theoretical models, and reflective assessments provide best practices to foster civility and healthy work environments around the globe. She is the recipient of numerous awards; including the prestigious Elizabeth Russell Belford Award for Excellence in Education, awarded by Sigma Theta Tau International. Her book, “Creating and Sustaining Civility in Nursing Education” received 1st place honors as the AJN Book of the Year and is a must-read for all educators and health care professionals.

Jennifer Castaneda PhotoJennifer Castaneda

Nursing Supervisor/Staffing Coordinator
HCA Las Palmas Medical Center/El Paso Behavioral Health Systems
I have been in healthcare since 2001 mostly in emergency medicine. I was a staff nurse in the ER for the first 8 years of my career, then transitioned into a clinical coordinator, ER director and then administrator or critical care services. I am currently the nursing supervisor at a behavioral health hospital in El Paso.

Creating and Sustaining Civility in Nursing Education: Preventing and Addressing Incivility, Bullying and Workplace Mobbing
The detrimental impact of workplace incivility is well documented and if allowed to take root, the consequences can be extreme. So, imagine an enjoyable workplace—an environment where you and your colleagues can truly thrive in your career and profession. This engaging and thought-provoking session provides a deepened and empirical understanding of workplace incivility, its impact on individuals, teams, organizations, and patient care—and emphasizes the need to cultivate and sustain healthy workplaces.

Learning Objectives
  • Summarize the “State of the Science” regarding civility and incivility in nursing.
  • Explore the impact of incivility, bullying, and mobbing on individuals, teams, organizations, and patient care.
  • Discuss a variety of evidence-based strategies to promote a healthy environment.

Cole Edmonson PhotoCole Edmonson

CNO with 27 years experience in health care, speaker, author and researcher.

Janet Leatherwood PhotoJanet Leatherwood

Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer
Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
Janet Leatherwood, MSN, RN, NEA-BC serves as Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (HMSL) since 2001. HMSL serves the Fort Bend community, located 20 miles from Houston, Texas. During Leatherwood’s oversight HMSL has grown from a 26-bed facility to a 347 bed facility. Leatherwood’s most recent accomplishments include HMSL achieving Magnet® designation in 2017. HMSL is the first Fort Bend County hospital to achieve this distinction. During Hurricane Harvey in August, 2017 HMSL was the only hospital in Fort Bend County to stay open throughout the multiple day disaster.

Leatherwood holds a BSN from Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX, a MSN from University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX and is Nurse Executive Advanced Board Certified.

Kimberly Hatchel PhotoKimberly Hatchel

HCA - Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center
Kimberly Hatchel received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Austin Peay State University, her master’s degrees in nursing and healthcare administration from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Hatchel obtained her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

After beginning her career in Tennessee, Dr. Hatchel joined Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in 1991 as an Emergency Room and Critical Care Nurse at Horizon Medical Center. She became the first enterprise Assistant CNO in 2010 serving under Dr. Jane Englebright in the Clinical Services Group. Through this experience she developed a passion for hospital throughput and health information technology and has utilized this as a lever for organizational change. She successfully guided improvement in Emergency Services throughput metrics and implementation of an all electronic documentation platform across 160+ emergency departments. In late 2012, she transitioned to the Medical City McKinney and was awarded Studer’s What’s Right in Healthcare Award for improvement in overall Emergency Services. In 2016, she was named Nurse Executive of the year by the March of Dimes for the Southern Nevada Region. In 2014, she was named Top 25 Women in Business in McKinney, Texas. She is member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Emergency Nurses Association, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.

She is currently the CNO for Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital a 690-bed acute care hospital a part of the HCA system.

Dr. Hatchel resides in Boulder City, NV with her husband Stephen and her son Taylor who will be headed to Nebraska for college in the fall. She also has two grown daughters and three grandchildren. Dr. Hatchel can be reached via email at

Disaster Preparedness: A Nurse Leaders Role
Discuss the nurse leaders role in disaster preparedness, intra-disaster and recovery. Learn from practice experience and theoretical application.

Learning Objectives
  • Demonstrate an understanding of preparedness versus readiness
  • Understand the role of the nurse leader during the event ( disaster)
  • Learn the importance of planning for recovery

Jake French PhotoJake French

Patient Experience Improvement Speaker
M French Communications, LLC
INSPIRATION lights up your people’s inner drive to push past perceived limitations and perform at their highest level. As a young man on top of the world with a new college degree and dream job as a forester, Jake French’s life was suddenly turned upside down by a devastating spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic. A published author, Jake has firsthand experience in what needs to happen to keep organizations and employees moving forward when facing challenges. He has met a variety of medical professionals in his journey to regain independence, and has gained extremely valuable insight into what providers can do to create a positive experience from the patient’s perspective. Today he rocks the stage, compelling audiences to laugh as they learn, and think creatively about no cost strategies to innovate in your quest to improve patient experience.

Leading Your Team To A Culture Of Compassion
This rockin' keynote speech is for leaders in health care who want to inspire their teams to create a culture of compassion so they can increase patient satisfaction. If you want to show your staff how to connect with their patients, identify potential issues before they become a problem, and empower care receivers to become their own advocates, then maybe it's time to tap into some feedback directly from one of your most savvy consumers. After a freak accident left Jake French a quadriplegic, he spent 8 years collecting insightful strategies that would have dramatically improved his experience as an end user of your services. Leaders who are searching for ways to pass down enthusiasm and compassion to their teams so they can improve their effectiveness will gain notepads full of innovative ideas in this talk from the patient's perspective.

A culture of compassion is about creating an environment where patients feel listened to, encouraged, and equipped to handle their health challenges. Leaders who want to propel their organizations to the next level will walk away with immediately actionable strategies for how to teach their staff what they can do to make each patient feel like they are receiving more compassion, which will ultimately increase patient satisfaction. Count on the real world patient perspective from Jake French to assist you in passing down the advice from an actual consumer of your product that will help you make your teams more passionate and profitable!

Learning Objectives
  • Audience will single out a “but” that could currently be preventing higher patient satisfaction at their organization
  • Participate in an exercise that breaks our habit of rejecting ideas so we can develop a culture rich in idea sharing, fresh thinking, and trust
  • Model one technique leaders can use to lift up the people around them so they can create an upbeat atmosphere for their teams and patients