Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, March 5 at12:00pm

Keeping our campuses healthy: Where do we go from here?

Dr. Giang Nguyen, MD, MPH, MSCE


The pandemic emergency may be behind us, but pre-pandemic issues did not disappear. Meanwhile, staff burnout and the loss of institutional memory bring further challenges. This is also a time of opportunity. In this session, we will discuss the multidimensional framework of student wellbeing; approaches for data-driven planning and clinical priority setting; and ways of leveraging the skills, partnerships, and communities of practice that grew out of the pandemic as we approach our future work.

Dr. Giang Nguyen the Associate Provost for Campus Health and Wellbeing, the Executive Director of Harvard University Health Services (HUHS), and the Henry K. Oliver Chair of Hygiene. He provides strategic vision and oversight for HUHS’s clinical and wellness services, public health initiatives, emergency preparedness, compliance and accreditation, health insurance plans, and immunization compliance programs.

Previously, Giang served as the Executive Director of the University of Pennsylvania Student Health Service, the health center for the University’s 24,000 students. Trained in primary care medicine, public health, and clinical epidemiology, Dr. Nguyen was born in Vietnam and holds degrees from the Johns Hopkins University, Rutgers/UMDNJ, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to entering the field of college health, Dr. Nguyen was Medical Director for the academic family medicine department at University of Pennsylvania. As a Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine & Community Health at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, he taught and mentored medical students, family medicine residents, undergraduates and public health students.

iang’s research includes health equity, college health, community engagement, health communication, preventive care, Asian immigrant health, and LGBTQ health. His community engagement work has included outreach to Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees, health fairs and immunization clinics, cancer education workshops, advocacy, HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQ issues. He has served on numerous boards and advisory committees regionally and nationally, including the Board of Directors for the American College Health Association (ACHA). Dr. Nguyen has played a leadership role in Harvard University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and he is a member of the national COVID-19 Task Force for ACHA.

Wednesday, March 6 at 12:00pm

Making Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Make Sense: The Call for Meaningful Action

Katie Boston-Leary, PhD, RN, NEA-BC


This presentation serves to inspire and invigorate healthcare professionals to understand and embrace their critical role in revolutionizing healthcare and energizing nursing leaders to share their expertise, insights, and crafting vision for a more inclusive and dynamic future.  Part of this charge requires us to embark on a journey of discovery and exploration, delving into the challenges, opportunities, and potential advancements that lie ahead. After this session, participants will ignite a sense of purpose and inspiring nurses is critical to realize our immense potential to drive positive change in patient care, healthcare systems, and the broader society. Healthcare's redesigned future is of human flourishing framed around inclusive excellence; where there is diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for all.

Dr. Katie Boston-Leary is the Director of Nursing Programs at the American Nursing Associate where she oversees Nursing Practice and Work Environment and Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation. She has been a Registered Nurse for over 27 years who specialized and is certified in Perioperative Nursing, Nursing Administration and Executive Leadership. She is a John Maxwell Trained Speaker and Coach and is also Adjunct Faculty at University of Maryland School of Nursing teaching Doctoral Level Nursing Leadership courses and is also adjunct faculty at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She was recently the System Chief Nursing Officer at University of Maryland Capital Region Health (UMCRH) in Maryland and was elected and served as the President of the Maryland Organization of Nurse Leaders. She was previously the Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Union Hospital of Cecil County in Maryland for 5 years. Katie led her team at Union to their second ANCC Pathway to Excellence designation and to win the coveted annual ANCC Pathway to Excellence award in 2017.

She also has strong partnerships with deans and chairs of nursing programs in the communities she has worked in to improve nursing curriculums and effectively preparing nurses to transition from novice to experts and has developed many nurse leaders from charge nurses to executives. She was a featured guest at the Inaugural SEHA nursing conference in Abu Dhabi which was a hospital system seeking ANCC Pathway Designation. She has also been invited to Capitol Hill in Washington DC with the American Organization of Nurse Leaders to discuss the havocs of regulatory burden on hospitals. She was recently identified August 2019 Health Leaders Journal as “One of Five Chief Nursing Officers Changing Healthcare”.