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There's no doubt that occupational health is changing rapidly. That's why the 2023 National Conference offers relevant and timely education designed to help you adapt to and contribute to the transformation of occupational health — all while earning continuing education credits and growing your professional network. 

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Catherine Dempsey Lecture Speakers

The Catherine Dempsey Lecture is special to our membership as it honors the first president of our association, formerly called the American Association of Industrial Nurses (AAIN) and her dedication to nursing and nursing education.

Most nurse leaders choose leadership because they want to make a difference, knowing that leading people can pose one of the most challenging roles in healthcare. The Human-Centered leader understands that as healthcare becomes more uncertain and complex, they need to place themselves in the center, showing care for self-first. When the Human-Centered leader learns to embrace self-nurturing practices, authenticity, courage and inclusiveness, the attributes of the Awakener, the Connector, and the Upholder become apparent. The Human-Centered leader knows that “it starts with you, but it’s not about you.”

Lucy Leclerc, PhD, RN, NPD-BC

Susan Campis, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Keynote Speakers

Nisan Trotter

Overcoming adversity is an overlooked leadership skill. Having resilience and the mental fortitude to drive forward is not always inherent in our nature. Our Keynote Presenter, Nisan Trotter is an Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, and Coach. During his session, learn principles to increase your knowledge and address the necessary skills to overcome adversity, allowing you to accomplish goals toward a better professional and personal quality of life.

Nisan Trotter is an entrepreneur, highly sought-after motivational speaker and best-selling author of the book entitled, Born Gifted. He won the Fitness Business Summit Personal Trainer of The Year Award and was the first-ever recipient of the Diversity Achiever Award at his alma mater, Bucknell University. Nisan has creatively crafted powerful life stories of leadership and overcoming adversity. His mission is to empower you to discover your unique gifts and talents in order to accelerate excellence. Please help me welcome to the stage, Nisan Trotter!

Courtney Clark, MA

Hard work usually pays off. But sometimes, no matter how hard you work, your plans just… DON’T work. In our Closing Keynote session, Courtney will introduce techniques for life’s detours with humor, resilience, and tenacity.

Courtney Clark is the luckiest unlucky person in the world. After a series of major struggles beginning in her mid-20s, she has built two successful businesses and is the author of two books, including her most recent book The Successful Struggle: Powerful Techniques to Achieve Accelerated Resilience. She works with people who want to adapt faster and achieve more and has spoken worldwide to organizations like Procter & Gamble, Dell, S&P, Humana, Cisco, and Cardinal Health.

Courtney’s resilience work has been called “practical,” “powerful,” and “empowering” by industry leaders, and she’s been featured in Forbes, Psychology Today, USA Today, and The Chicago Tribune. If she wasn’t writing and speaking about resilience, Courtney would have wanted to be a tap dancer. Thankfully for her audiences, she wasn't very good at it.

AAOHN Foundation General Session: Power Down to Power Up

In this general session sponsored by the AAOHN Foundation, Dr. Seema Khosla examines the impact of sleep on overall health and chronic medical conditions. She’ll provide a more complete discussion to better understand the relationship between sleep, sleep disorders and chronic medical illnesses.

Learner Outcomes:

  • To identify risk factors for obstructive sleep
  • Increase comfort in ordering sleep testing and discussion with patients

Seema Khosla, MD, FCCP, FAASM

Dr. Khosla is Medical Director of the North Dakota Center for Sleep. She is a fellow of the College of Chest Physicians as well as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Kentucky. She completed her fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Khosla has been running a telemedicine outreach program for more than a decade to serve rural areas in North Dakota. She is active within the AASM and has served on numerous AASM committees including the original Telemedicine Task Force.

She served as the inaugural chair of the Clinical and Consumer Sleep Technology Committee and she is the current chair for the new AASM Public Awareness Advisory Committee. She hosts the AASM Talking Sleep podcast which has had nearly 150,000 downloads thus far. She was recently awarded the AASM Excellence in Education award.