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 all CSON students, staff, faculty, alumni, and preceptors and practitioners and scholars unaffiliated with Boston College are welcome.


SPRING 2017 Pinnacle lecture

Driving discovery from data at the National Library of Medicine

Patricia Flatley Brennan
Director, National Library of Medicine

Interim Associate NIH Director for Data Science, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services

Monday, March 27, 2017
5:00 p.m.
Yawkey Center, Murray Room

Patricia Flatley Brennan

Patricia Flatley Brennan, Ph.D., RN, will explore the extraordinary resources and singular role of the world's largest biomedical library at a time when the platform of discovery is pivoting from text to data.

A pioneer in the development of patient information systems and an expert in digital health information and communication, Brennan is director of the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, part of the National Institutes of Health. The world's largest biomedical library, the NLM provides a vast range of digital information and resources to millions of people around the globe. Brennan came to the NIH from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor at the School of Nursing and College of Engineering.

A reception will follow the presentation.

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


Fall 2017 Pinnacle Speaker


Marla Weston
Chief Executive Officer, American Nurses Association

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
5:00 p.m.
Yawkey Center, Murray Room


Marla Weston

Past Pinnacle Lecture Speakers

Click on the links below to view past lectures

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