2017 Fall Leadership Academy


Join us for the AANA Fall Leadership Academy, a 2.5 day conference where you will receive expert training and tangible skills to effectively lead at any level, in all practice settings.  Featuring more than 20 expert speakers and five educational tracks, Fall Leadership Academy is designed for CRNAs by CRNAs. Expand your leadership skills as well as your network of colleagues.
  • Learn to improve strategic decision-making
  • Understand evolving healthcare leadership
  • Understand importance of leadership and communication during times of rapid change
  • Learn to engage members through social media
  • Resources to address your business and practice leadership needs

Preliminary Program | Schedule-at-a-Glance 

  • State Leaders
  • Federal Political Directors
  • Reimbursement Specialists
  • Workplace leaders
  • Emerging/up and coming leaders
Business and Facility Leadership* Federal Political Director State Government Affairs
The purpose of this track is to provide foundational and advanced skills and information that contribute to successful business and facility leadership. The FPD track is intended for AANA Federal Political Directors and anyone interested in learning more about the AANA Federal Advocacy program. This track will teach important skills for building sustaining relationships with federal lawmakers and promoting the nurse anesthesia profession through effective advocacy techniques. This track will provide information to assist nurse anesthesia state associations organize a Lobby Day as well as how to optimize state PAC strategies.
State President-Elect State Reimbursement Specialist*
The purpose of the State President-Elect track is to enable participants to develop their leadership and governance skills to more effectively serve in an elected position for the board of directors and to provide an opportunity for networking and discussion with other state leaders in similar roles. The SRS track is intended for both newly appointed and experienced SRSs and anyone interested in learning more about the SRS program. This track is an educational program devoted to reimbursement issues and professional network development, focusing on Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health plans, and on strategies for monitoring and effectively advocating for appropriate coverage of CRNA services in states.
*The Business and Facility Leadership and State Reimbursement Specialist tracks will be combined on Saturday for a large portion of the time. Please see program for details.
Post-Conference Workshop
November 5-6, 2017

Extend your stay and take advantage of our concentrated post-conference workshop, Spokesperson Training for State Association Leaders! This is an excellent opportunity to hone your media presence as a spokesperson. 

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Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 6:00 PM | Westin O'Hare
Get ready to represent your state at the CRNA-PAC Olympics. The event will feature a variety of friendly competitions that will be fun for all! Your ticket purchase includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and two drink tickets. Proceeds benefit the CRNA-PAC.
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Download a registration form.
The following is an FEC required legal notification for CRNA-PAC: Gifts to political action committees are not tax deductible. Contributions to CRNA-PAC are for political purposes. All contributions to CRNA-PAC are voluntary. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. The guidelines are merely suggestions. You are free to contribute more or less than the guidelines suggest and the association will not favor or disadvantage you by reason of the amount contributed or the decision not to contribute. Federal law requires CRNA-PAC to use its best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and the name of the employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. Each contributor must be a US Citizen. 
Full Registration
Member Type
Before 10/03/17
Members Save $100!
After 10/03/17
AANA Member* $450.00 $550.00
Non-Member $550.00 $650.00
Associate Member $225.00 $225.00
Single-Day Registration
Member Type Save $30!
Member $285.00
Non-Member $315.00
Post Conference Workshop Registration
​Member Type
AANA Member​* $325
Non-Member​ $475
*Learn more about the benefits of AANA Membership.  
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To register by fax, download and complete the 2017 Fall Leadership Academy registration form. Fax to 847-692-3224.
Give back to the next generation of CRNAs. Consider sponsoring a student during the registration process and help support the future of the nurse anesthesia profession.
The Westin O’Hare
6100 N River Road
Rosemont, IL  60018
AANA has secured a special block of rooms at The Westin O’Hare Hotel for a Special Group Rate:  $169 single/double (plus 14% tax)*
*Subject to availability. Reserve your hotel room before 10/15/2017 by 5:00 PM CDT to obtain special group rate.

Make your reservation today by calling 888-627-8517 and identify yourself as attending the AANA Fall Leadership Academy or reserve online!

Leadership: Believing in Followers
Karlene Kerfoot, RN, CNAA, PhD, FAAN

Recording waiver (Photography, Audio & Video)
Portions of this AANA meeting may be photographed or audio/video recorded for various purposes, including reporting, promotion, archival, or sale and distribution. By registering, individuals agree that the AANA may photograph or record by audio/video their attendance and involvement in any portion of the meeting. Furthermore, individuals agree that the AANA may use these photographs and/or recordings without additional approval or permission.
Accreditation Statement
Provider with DistinctionThis program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 13.5 Class A CE credits; AANA Code Number: 1032880; Expiration Date:  November 13, 2016.

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #10862.


 Keynote Speakers

Michael Roberto
Michael Roberto
Author, Why Leaders Don’t Take Yes for an Answer
Trustee Professor of Management, Bryant University
Mary Byers
Mary Byers, CAE
Co-author, Race for Relevance: Five Radical Changes for Associations
Owner, Mary Byers, Inc.
Aliza Sherman
Aliza Sherman
Author, The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit
Web and Social Mobile Pioneer

 What Your Peers Say...

Great meeting! I attended last year and will be back next year. This is an important track. The chief CRNAs are in the trenches every day and need this education!!

I got so much out of this conference. I plan to go every year.

I thought the curriculum was very well put together! Excellent topics and presenters.