19th Annual Nursing Alliance Leadership Academy (NALA)

 August 26 & 27, 2023

Registration Information -Coming Soon in Winter 2023 

The 18th Annual Nursing Alliance Leadership Academy (NALA) was held at the vibrant, Omni Louisville Hotel located at 
400 S 2nd Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 40202.
Click here to view the detailed agenda and session information presented.  

We Are Looking Forward to 2023!

NALA is hosted in the beautiful city of Louisville, Kentucky, reflecting the past, present, and future of our vibrant Kentucky town. 

NOA is pleased to offer sponsorship opportunities for NALA attendees so they may gain exposure to products and services that may be of interest to their organization. Please note that NALA sponsorship does not equate to NOA's endorsement, warranty, or recommendation of any of the sponsoring companies or their products.

Target Audience

  • Elected & incumbent volunteer leaders

  • Emerging volunteer leaders

  • Staff Leadership

  • Organizational leadership teams

The target audience has a desire to enhance their knowledge of board leadership roles and responsibilities, governance, and organizational strategies for success.

NALA is a great resource for organizations for board orientation/board leadership development.

NALA Overall Objective

The program's overall objective is to provide consistent, effective governance leadership education for individuals within nursing organizations.

Content and learning experiences will assist leaders on their journey of development and refinement of the knowledge and skills necessary to govern and lead their organizations effectively.

Opportunities to build strong networking relationships among leaders of national and international nursing organizations will also be provided.

NALA Hotel Information
Past pricing for 2022)

Your reservation rate of $169 plus occupancy tax provides you a well-appointed guest room at the host hotel just an elevator ride away from the conference meeting space which includes complimentary wireless internet. Make your reservation by clicking here.

Hotel check-in time is 3:00 pm and check-out time is 11:00 am. All guests arriving before 3:00 pm will be accommodated as rooms become available. The hotel Guest Service staff can arrange to check baggage for those arriving early when rooms are unavailable and for guests attending functions on departure day.

2022 Session Topics

NALA was held back in person for 2022, taking full advantage of interactive sessions and collaborative opportunities to provide distinct takeaways that participants could apply to their own organizations. Please see the session topics discussed below.

  • A Future-Focused Board
  • Legal Issues for the Volunteer Leader
  • Financial Stewardship
  • Discovering Your Leadership Style Activity
  • Creating a Common Language:  Understanding Each Other in a Diverse and Virtual World
  • Making It Fun Again: Bringing Joy Back to Your Board Meetings
  • Structured Networking
  • and more!

NALA Registration Information
(Past pricing for 2022)

      After 7/15/22  
1-2 individuals from NOA member organization     $449.00  
3-5 individuals from NOA member organization     $399.00  
6+ individuals from NOA member organization     $349.00  
1-2 individuals from non-member organization     $499.00  
3-5 individuals from non-member organization     $449.00  


(Prior year)

Friday, August 26: 5:00pm - 7:00pm 
Saturday, August 27: 8:00am - 5:00pm 
Sunday, August 28: 8:00am - 12:30pm 

Click here to view the detailed agenda and session information presented at the 2022 NALA meeting.

Conference Cancellation Policy

Any cancellations must be made in writing directly to the Nursing Organizations Alliance. If received by July 29, 2022, The Nursing Organizations Alliance will apply a $50 administrative fee and refund the remainder of the registration fee. After July 29, 2022, no refund will be given. Replacements are always welcome and can be arranged through NOA Headquarters.




2022 NALA Presenters

Chris Wilson, MSN, RN, NPD-BC 
has spent her career as a nurse in multiple roles ranging from clinical practice to management to an organizational leadership role as a Sr. Director for Nursing Education and Professional Development.    She was on the Board of Directors and served as President of the Association for Nursing Professional Development before joining the NOA Board of Directors where she currently serves as president.

Over her career, Chris has been actively involved in various leadership development programs. She currently supports the ANPD Nursing Leadership Academy, is a certified Strengthscope® practitioner, and has proven experience facilitating group processes. 

Donna K. Godfrey is an organizational development consultant, trainer, and executive coach. Donna is often called upon to help nurses, physicians, scientists, researchers, and association board members move into leadership positions, where they need to build teams, manage budgets, resolve conflicts, and negotiate team priorities.  She leverages tools, such as the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument, to help leaders and change agents develop the skills needed to communicate effectively and inspire members, customers, and employees.  By using real-world examples and interactive teaching techniques, Donna helps her clients develop a personal communication style that is both comfortable and compelling.  She also focuses on helping these same clients anticipate, prepare for, and lead others through significant change.

Kimberly A. Pendo
Kimberly is a founding member of Chicago Law Partners, LLC. Kimberly practices not-for-profit and corporate law and serves as the Firm's Chief Operating Officer. Kimberly counsels trade and professional associations and related not-for-profit organizations, providing advice on all aspects of their corporate governance and operations, including intellectual property, contract, tax, electronic communication, general liability, antitrust, chapter and affiliate relations, certification and credentialing, and related matters. 

Kristine Metter, MS, CAE
Kristine has spent 30 years working with associations and community-based nonprofits to advance their missions while adhering to strong business practices. She is currently president of Crystal Lake Partners, a consulting firm that focuses on helping association staff and volunteers to embrace foresight, grow revenue, strengthen stakeholder experience, and design meaningful events. Her deep knowledge of strategy and operations gives her the unique ability to help associations imagine the possible and bring it to reality.

Patricia Kunz Howard, RN, PhD, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN is Enterprise Director of Emergency Services for UK Healthcare. Dr. Howard speaks nationally on a variety of topics. Dr. Howard was the 2019 President of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). In 2021 she was appointed Provost of ENA University. Dr. Howard was inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Nursing Hall of Fame in 2020. She was the 2011 recipient of the Judith Kelleher award from the Emergency Nurses Association for consistently demonstrating excellence in emergency nursing, making significant contributions to the profession of nursing, and to the specialty of emergency nursing.

Sue Pine, FASAE, CAE
Sue is a seasoned association professional and international speaker. Sue’s 40-year career has allowed her to work closely with a variety of associations, many managed by association management companies.

Sue is a frequent speaker at ASAE, AMC Institute, and a variety of ASAE State Society meetings. Sue is an ASAE trained facilitator of the ASAE Certificate in Association Management. She is a subject matter expert on the practice of Foresight & AMC Best Practices and Accreditation program.

Nursing Contact Hours

This continuing nursing education activity was approved for 8 contact hours by the Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation, to award contact hours.

CAE Credits

As a Certified Association Executive (CAE) Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, NALA may be applied for credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.

Note:  This program is not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with ASAE or the CAE Program. Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific timeframe towards the exam application or renewal. There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications – the selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.



NOA's Commitment to a Respectful and Courteous Conference Experience

The Nursing Organizations Alliance (NOA) has a zero-tolerance policy for unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. NOA conferences are intended for networking and collaboration in the nursing community. We value the participation of each member of the community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the conference and at all conference events, whether officially sponsored by NOA or not.

NOA is dedicated to providing harassment- and discrimination-free conference experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, race, age, or religion. NOA does not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference (without a refund) at the conference organizers' discretion. Click here to view our full virtual conference anti-harassment policy. If you need to report an incident, please use our harassment/discrimination reporting form. Our anti-harassment and discrimination policy can be found by clicking here.