AONL| Volume 21, ISSUE 1, P21-22, February 2023

AONL 2023

Inspiring Leaders
        Meet the professional and organizational challenges of leading in the new normal at the AONL 2023 Annual Conference, May 1 to 4 in Anaheim, California. While there, soak up 3 days of sunshine, exceptional networking, and rich content taught by some of the most innovative, inspiring, and creative thought leaders.

        Pre-Conference Sessions

        Kick off AONL 2023 on May 1 through a focused education experience. Connect and network with peers with similar occupational and topical interests—before the start of the main conference. Participation is limited, so register early.
        Monday, May 1 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

        Certified Nurse Manger and Leader (CNML) Essentials Review Course

        Validate your knowledge through CNML certification. The CNML Essentials Review Course offers in-depth preparation designed to build your confidence for successful completion of the CNML certification exam. Using scenario-based learning, participants will assess their level of competency in their own leadership practice and strengthen those competencies through practice.

        Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) Essentials Review Course

        Gain recognition as a leader within your health care community and the field of nursing leadership through CENP certification. The CENP Essentials Review Course hones your strategic thinking and executive level skills in preparation for the CENP exam through a review of the AONL Nurse Executive Competencies.

        Finance and Business Skills for Nurse Managers

        Every nurse manager has responsibility for financial results. If you’re new to budgeting and managing fiscal resources or want to deepen your understanding of finance, this program will provide you with strong financial skills necessary to be an effective leader in today’s health care environment.

        Plenary Session Speakers

        Continuing our commitment to inspiration, here’s a few of the motivational speakers you’ll hear at AONL 2023:
        Sekou Andrews is the Founder/CEO of SekouWorld, Inc., innovator of “Poetic Voice,” and one of the most successful spoken word poets in the world. This former school teacher turned artist built a 7-figure company based on poetry. On any given day, Andrews can be found keynoting at a Fortune 500 company, inspiring thousands at a concert, or performing for Barack Obama in Oprah’s backyard. Sekou is the creator of “poetic voice”—a cutting-edge speaking category that seamlessly fuses inspirational speaking with spoken word poetry, like Hamilton meets “TED.” This innovative blend of strategic storytelling, thought leadership, spoken word, theater, and comedy humanizes content, making it entertaining, moving, and memorable.
        Referred to by his fans as “the Artist for the People,” Phil Hansen is an internationally recognized multimedia artist, speaker, author, and innovator—at the forefront of bringing art to a wider audience. Crashing irreverently through conventional boundaries, Phil works at the intersection of traditional art, electronic media, offbeat materials, and interactive experiences. He is most widely known for his meta-art, videos that document the creation process (sometimes even through destruction), showing millions that art is action, not just result. His artistic journey nearly came to an end when a tremor developed in his drawing hand. In exploring new ways to create art, he discovered that by embracing his shake, limitations could become the passageway to creativity.

        Breakout Sessions

        Whether you seek short bites of learning, deeper dives into topic areas, or thought leader discussions, AONL 2023 delivers hours of innovative content to keep you competitive and stretch your thinking in your current role. Education sessions will focus on:
        • Workforce
        • Mental well-being
        • Innovative care delivery models
        • Health equity and diversity
        • Leadership in challenging times
        The AONL 2022 conference will offer contact hours from a mix of poster presentations, breakout sessions, and inspiring keynotes. For the full list of breakout sessions, visit
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        Networking Events

        Expand your circle of influence by taking advantage of networking events and social offerings designed to facilitate connections. The events listed below are complimentary with full registration unless otherwise noted.

        First-Time Attendee Reception | Monday, May 1

        Meet and greet new AONL members and first-time annual conference attendees. Light refreshments will be served.

        Welcome Continental Breakfast | Tuesday, May 2

        Start the conference off right with light breakfast and coffee as we welcome you to Anaheim!

        Exhibit Hall Lunches | Tuesday and Wednesday, May 2-3

        Enjoy lunch as part of your exhibit hall visit.

        President’s Welcome Reception | Tuesday, May 2

        Reconnect with friends and meet new ones at this must-attend event. Kick off AONL 2023 with a high-energy evening with live music, food trucks, and more.

        AONL Foundation Soirée | Wednesday, May 3

        Start your evening with an unforgettable celebration of the AONL Foundation’s 13th anniversary benefiting the AONL Foundation—California style!
        Reserve your ticket when you register for AONL 2023.
        Register early and save. Member and group discounts are available. For the full schedule, visit