Founders Leadership Institute

The National Black Nurses Association Founders Leadership Institute is designed to develop nursing leaders among all association members. In order to lead improvements in healthcare quality, minority nurses must develop the leadership skills necessary to lead health care change in a global society. Principles from The RWJ Executive Nurse Fellows Program are also used for the development of the Institute. The Institute expects that its participants will demonstrate the following three competencies;

  • Self-knowledge – The ability to understand and develop the self in the context of organizational challenges, interpersonal demands and individual motivation.
  • Interpersonal and communication effectiveness – The ability to translate a strategic vision into compelling and motivating messages.
  • Inspiring and leading change – The ability to inspire, structure, lead and effectively implement organizational change in an inclusive way.

The Institute is open to all association members. Because of the diversity of membership, attention is given to varying levels of leadership development. The learning experience is a for hour intensive one day seminar and held annually at the NBNA conference. The seminar is led by some of the most renowned nursing and health care leaders in the country. Faculty is inclusive of leaders who are reflective of the health and business community and lecture on a variety of topics related to the core competencies of the Institute. 

The NBNA Founders Leadership Institute is aligned with the 2010 IOM Report on the Future of Nursing recommendation to develop nurse leaders.

Archived List of  Founders Leadership Co-horts


Chris Bryant, RN, BSN

Vivian Dirden, RN, MSN, MS-BC

Eunice Gwanmesia, RN, MSN, MS (HCA)

Allyssa Harris, RN, PHD, WHNP-BC

Trina Houge, RN

Linda LaPlante, RN

Austin Nation, RN, PHN, MSN

Angelia D. Nedd, RN, BSN, CDE

Kim R. Rutley-Campbell, RN, BSN, CRRN, CHPN, CTN-B, MAE, CHES

Stephanie A. Williams, RN, BAN, BC


Katheryne Tufa Amba, RN, MSN, CCRN, ACNP-BC

Carol L. Alexander, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC

Alice Lee Benjamin, RN, MSN, CNS, PCCN

Sheila Jones Cannon, PhD, RN

Gloria Harris Cater, PhD, FNP-GC, RN

LaDonna Christian, RN, MSN

Francina Edwards, RN, BSN, MPA

Lindsey Harris, RN, BSN

Kimberly Hayman, RN

Jamise C. Herbert, RN, WHNP-BC

Bernadine “Midge” Julun-Jacobs, RN, BSN

Randy A. Jones, PhD, RN

Mary L. Kelly, RN

Eleanor Miller, RN

Rose M. Murry, RN

Sharon T. Smith, MAN, APRN-BC

Ronnie Ursin, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Wendy Williams, RN

Gloria M. Wilson, RN, MEd


Maxine A. Adegbola, PhD, RN

F. Diane Barber, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN

Keneshia J. Bryant-Bedell, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Evelyn Dixon, RN, BSN, MDiv

Sasha M. Dubois, BSN, RN

Vickie Hinds, RN, BSN, MBA

Sandra L. Holmes, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, RN-BC

Dora L. Jones, RN, MSN, CPNP

Terry Lee, BSN, RN, BC

Marcia Lowe, RN, MSN

Ottamissiah Moore, BS, LPN, CLNI, WCC, GC, CSD-LTC

Karen Robinson, PhD©, RN, CNM

Cynthia E. Samuel, PhD©, RN, MS, CSN

Ida Spruill, PhD, RN, LISW

Eva Stephens, DNP, APRN-BC


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