Dynamic Leadership for Shared Governance


Strong leadership is core to successful shared governance. Effective leaders use the structures of shared governance to build a culture of excellence, where nurses have accountability and responsibility for nursing care.

Who should participate

This workshop is for individuals and teams with leadership roles in shared governance-from the chair of a unit council to the CNO of the organization. Groups from the same organization, including interprofessional colleagues, will benefit from attending this interactive workshop together.

What to expect

This leadership development program focuses on personal skills and behaviors to be an effective leader in shared governance. Topics include a discussion with Tim Porter O’Grady on professional practice environments and the role of shared governance, as well as presentations including transformational leadership behaviors, strategies for maximizing accountability and decision-making, running successful meetings, and being an effective communicator.


Participants will leave equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively lead in shared governance and will recognize the influence they can have to create an environment that engages others in having accountability and responsibility for nursing care.

Continuing Education Contact Hours

This workshop is approved for 10.5 continuing nursing education contact hours.

The American Organization of Nurse Executives is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Tim Porter-O'GradyTim Porter-O'Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), APRN, FAAN, FACCWS (GCNS-BC, NEA-BC, CWCN, CFCN)
Dr. Tim Porter-O’Grady has been involved in health care for 43 years. He is noted for his work on shared governance models, clinical leadership, conflict, innovation, complex systems, and health futures. Tim is currently senior partner of an international healthcare consulting firm in Atlanta specializing in health futures, organizational innovation, conflict and change, as well as complex health service delivery models. Tim has published extensively in health care with over 175 professional journal articles and 22 books, including his seminal work Shared Governance for Nursing: A Creative Approach to Professional Accountability, and is an 8-time winner of the AJN Healthcare Book of the Year Award. He has consulted internationally with over 600 institutions and has lectured in over 1200 settings internationally. Among a number of honors, Tim has been recognized by American Organization of Nurse Executives with their Lifetime Achievement Award and by the American Nurses Association with the Luther Christman Award.

Rachel StartRachel Start, MS, RN
Rachel Start is the Director of Ambulatory Nursing, Nursing Practice and Magnet Performance at Rush Oak Park Hospital. In her role she empowers and oversees exemplary nursing practice for all nurses at her organization were she helped establish shared governance. She is a past president of the Professional Nursing Staff at Rush University Medical Center and is on the board of the Forum for Shared Governance. She has been a mentor to nurses in leadership positions in shared governance. Rachel has presented on topics of shared governance, structural empowerment, professional practice models, structural empowerment in ambulatory nursing practice, nurse sensitive indicators in ambulatory and adopting healthy work environment principles. She is also currently involved in national work to empower and underscore the value and engagement of nurses in non-traditional settings such as ambulatory nursing.

Marjorie MaurerMarjorie Maurer, RN, MSN, NEA-BC
Marjorie Maurer is a Consultant and Leadership Coach for Xcellero Leadership Inc. She began her career in health care over 40-years ago in psychiatric nursing and foundation continues to inform her approach in her leadership roles today. Marj recently retired as VP Operations/CNE at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital located in Downers Grove, Illinois. Under her leadership, Good Samaritan attained the ANCCs Magnet Designation in 2009 and 2014. Marj was instrumental with the organization's obtainment of the Gold Level Illinois Excellence Award and prestigious National Malcolm Baldrige Organizational Quality Award in 2010. Marj is board certified in Advanced Nursing Administration and has earned post graduate training in leadership coaching and project management. Marj has presented on a variety of topics including Transformational leadership and Building a High Performing Professional Nursing Staff through Shared Governance. She also serves on several boards including the Illinois Organization for Nurse Leaders where she is Past President 2010 and currently serves on the Illinois State Board of Nursing.  She currently serves on four boards including the Illinois Organization for Nurse Leaders where she is past President 2010 and has been recently appointed to the Illinois Board of Nursing for the state of Illinois.


Cancellations made two weeks prior to the program start date, will receive a full refund minus a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations received within two weeks of the program start date. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Kelsey Irish at kirish@aha.org.

Registrants unable to attend may send an alternate. If the alternate is not a member of AONE and the original registrant is a member, the nonmember differential must be paid.

AONE cannot be held liable for nonrefundable airline tickets or hotel room deposits.

Special Assistance

AONE complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and strives to ensure that no individual with a disability is deprived of the opportunity to participate in this program solely by reason of that disability. Through its agents, AONE will provide reasonable accommodations for a candidate with a disability who requests accommodations. Requests can be made by sending a written request 21 days in advance of the workshop to Kelsey Irish at kirish@aha.org.