2022 LEAD Program

LEAD (Learn, Engage, Ascend, Deliver)

ACNM is pleased to announce Midwives LEAD (Learn, Engage, Ascend, Deliver) Leadership Development Program which is being offered in conjunction with Midwifery Works. This program is designed to engage midwives in a unique professional development experience that frames leadership as the ability to enhance personal and professional performance, build relationships, cultivate excellence, and sustain energy for productive influence, agency, and motivation to enact positive change. Attendees will engage with their peers and gain critical leadership knowledge and skills for today’s healthcare environment. The LEAD participants will be part of a cohort that will meet monthly for a year, with facilitation from ACNM’s Chair of the Leadership Development Committee, Kellie Thiessen. In addition, for those who choose to stay for Midwifery Works there will be several LEAD huddles with Midwife Thiessen.

LEAD 2022: Applications are Closed!

Thank you for your interested in LEAD 2022. Application submission is now closed.

Notification of Acceptance: September 9, 2022

Acceptance to the 2022 ACNM Midwives LEAD Program includes:

  • An assessment of your leadership style with the Top 5 CliftonStrengths program.
  • A lunch time meeting with Heather Clarke (ACNM President) and Katrina Holland (ACNM CEO); meal included.
  • A Crystal Award for you to display, to celebrate your leadership achievement.
  • A year of mentorship – including monthly meetings with midwife, Kellie Thiessen (ACNM Chair of the Leadership Development Committee).
  • A discounted rate to attend Midwifery Works
  • A featured article highlighting your participation on the ACNM digital magazine website Quickening.
  • & much more!

Program Schedule

Thursday, October 6, 2022

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM Leading in Turbulent Times
Kathryn Kolbert
9:45 AM – 10:45 AMModerated Conversation: Response to the Keynote and Sharing Your Challenges
10:45 AM – 11:00 AMWellness Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PMCrucial Conversation: Ethics
Stephanie Tillman, CNM
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Lunch Break
12:45 PM – 1:45 PMFinding the Courage to LEAD in Health Policy and Entrepreneurship
Jamie Harrington, DNP, APRN, CNM, FNP-BC
1:45 PM – 3:15 PMPanel Discussion: Healthcare Advocacy – Action vs. Reaction
Keely Robinson, CNM, ARNP, MA, DNP
Desiree Clement,  DNP, APRN, CNM, FNP-BC, FACNM,
Melinda Mann, DNP, CNM, WHNP-BC
3:15 PM – 3:30 PMWellness Break
3:30 PM – 4:30 PMDeveloping Ownership and Building Strong
Ann Konkoly, MBA, MSN, APRN-CNM, FACNM

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current member of ACNM
  • Desire to grow as a leader

All eligible midwives are encouraged to apply, especially those who have not traditionally seen themselves represented among the leaders in ACNM.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit a brief summary describing your leadership experience and interests. Discuss how this leadership development opportunity aligns with your personal and professional goals. Applicants will also need to submit their resume/CV. Previous leadership experience is not required to attend this program; however, potential for leadership advancement will be strongly considered and should be addressed in your summary.

Please Note

Space in this program is limited to 50 attendees. ACNM requires full vaccination to enter L.E.A.D 2022. Masks for this event are recommended, but not required.