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. Archived videos of past Pinnacle lectures are below.

Spring 2020 Lecture

The Year 2020: A Challenge for Leadership

Beverly Malone, CEO, National League for Nursing

Beverly Malone, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Chief Executive Officer, National League for Nursing
Dr. Maureen P. McCausland Pinnacle Keynote Speaker

Monday, March 23, 2020

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

The event is free of charge and open to all. A reception will follow the presentation. Contact hours will be awarded.

About the speaker

A thought leader on national and global issues facing the nursing profession, Beverly Maloney, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, is CEO at the National League for Nursing. She has expertise in policy, education, administration, and clinical practice, including serving as deputy assistant secretary for health in President Clinton’s Department of Health and Human Services; contributing to the groundbreaking IOM report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health; and advising as a member of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health, a federal panel established to advise the US Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Malone was listed as one of 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare four times in the last decade and was on that magazine’s biennial list of Top 25 Women in Healthcare in 2017 and Top 25 Minority Executives in 2018. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alpha Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and the College of Nursing of Adelphi University and the 2018 Nursing Outlook Excellence in Research Award.

A past president of the American Nurses Association, Malone also served as general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, the United Kingdom’s largest professional union of nurses; a member of the UK delegation to the World Health Assembly; and vice chair of the Brussels-based European Federation of Nurses Association.

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Past Pinnacle Lecture Speakers

Click on the links below to view past lectures

Gennaro Rocco
Director, Steering Committee, Scientific Research Center Centro di Eccellenza per la Cultura e la Ricerca Infermieristica

Alessandro Stievano
Research Fellow in Nursing, Centre of Excellence for Nursing Scholarship OPI, Rome
Fall 2019

Sheila Davis
Chief of Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer, Partners in Health
Spring 2019

Lorna Finnegan
President, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
Executive Associate Dean, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing
Fall 2018

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