Institute for Nursing Leadership

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The Academy launched the Institute for Nursing Leadership (INL) in 2014, which serves as the umbrella for leadership development. The launch was made possible through a generous matching grant from Pfizer, Inc.

All of the Academy Fellows are accomplished leaders in research, policy, education and/or practice. And, all Fellows are in a position to lead change and improve the health of their community and country. Many Academy Fellows have been appointed or elected to serve governments and organizations at the national, state, and local levels. 

Institute for Nursing Leadership National Advisory Council Roster

2022 Event


The Institute for Nursing Leadership opening session, Courageous Careers: Stepping Out, Bringing All In, featured diverse, nursing leaders who demonstrated courage and agility within their respective professional roles and environments to instill change that reduces health disparities, promotes health equity, and eliminates racism and bias. These leaders shared their vulnerabilities, successes, and the perspective of failing forward on their leadership journeys and in the roles of mentor and mentee. Learn more.

Sheila Burke

Felesia Bowen

Margaret Moss

Paul Leon

Audience Q+A

2021 Event

The 2021 Institute of Nursing Leadership (INL) Signature Event “Moving Conversation to Action: Championing Health Equity” was held on Thursday, October 7, 2021. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this event provided participants with diverse perspectives and strategies on how nursing leaders can take actionable steps that promote health equity. Participants learned about identifying and implementing changes in their communities that promote health equity. View online.

Past Initiatives

Appointments That Matter Essay Series

One of the Institute’s aims is to prepare Fellows for appointments to key national/international and state governing boards of health-related entities/systems, councils, commissions, and task forces. The National Advisory Council published essays to discuss the importance of appointments. All Fellows and other interested nurses can view the essays by clicking here.

Past Events

2020 Critical Conversation on Racism and Health Equity