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.


Visions from Down the Road

Marla Weston
Chief Executive Officer, American Nurses Association

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

Marla Weston

Marla Weston, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, recounts her personal journey to nurse leadership and the challenges she faced along the way during times of dramatic change in health care.

 About Marla Weston

Marla Weston is chief executive officer of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Enterprise, which includes the ANA; the American Nurses Foundation, ANA’s charitable arm; and the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary that promotes excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. 

Widely recognized among nurse leaders and professional organizations, Weston was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2012. Modern Healthcare named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2014, and recently designated her one if its Top 25 Women in Healthcare 2017.  

Before joining the ANA in 2009, Weston served in the Veterans Health Administration, first as program director in the Office of Nursing Services, and then as deputy chief officer in the agency’s Workforce Management and Consulting Office. She was also executive director of the Arizona Nurses Association for four years.

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. 


Past Pinnacle Lecture Speakers

Click on the links below to view past lectures

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