GNLC 2018 Doctoral Symposium: Dimensions of diversity

Jan. 27, 2018 - 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  Emory University School of Nursing, Atlanta, GA. 

Thanks for a great day! We had over 80 attendees ,11 posters and 9 podium presentations in addition to our amazing speakers.

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Doctoral award winners:

Two students in research-focused doctoral programs won awards for their research: Abby Mutic from Emory University and Robert Sarfo from Augusta University. Pictured here with co-chairs LaDonia Patterson and Gaea Daniel.

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Poster winners:

The winners of the poster contest were: (from right to left) Jessica Ellis (Georgia State University PhD program) - 3rd place, Kimberly Roberts (Augusta University PhD program) - 1st place, Seth Lee (Augusta University PhD program) - 2nd place. Pictured here with Rebecca Wheeler (far right), GNLC Coordinator.

Tentative agenda

7:30-8:00 a.m.  Registration and breakfast

8:00-8:15 a.m. Welcome

8:15-9:00 a.m. Opening plenary: Andrew Davis, Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Coca-Cola 

9:00-10:00 a.m. Opening plenary II: Ninfa Saunders, CEO of Navicent Health

10:00-10:10 a.m. Break

10:10-11:00 a.m. Workshops: Practice doctorate students, Research doctorate students, Faculty

11:00-11:10 a.m. Break

11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Workshop: Unconscious Bias - Brandeis Green, Phd, LCP

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00-2:00 p.m. Podium presentations

2:00-2:10 p.m. Break

2:10-3:10 p.m. Skill-building breakout sessions: 

Designing the perfect poster - Ashley L. Coombe RN, PhD, CNE & Regena Spratling, PhD, RN, APRN, CPNP

How to Publish - Bonnie Jennings, PhD, RN, FAAN

Effective grant writing – Susan Welch, EdD, RN, CNE & Julie K. Zadinsky, PhD, RN

Entrepreneurship – Troy Heidesch, DNP, RN

Building diverse teams – Stephan Davis, DNP, MHSA, NEA-BC, CPHQ, FACHE

3:10-3:30 p.m. Closing: Awards and poster contest results

Guest Speakers


Andrew R. Davis is the Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC), based in Atlanta. In his role, Andrew is responsible for leading the company’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence, as well as the Workplace Fairness function, creating an environment that promotes fairness, respect and appreciation of the similarities and differences for the company’s 700,000 system employees in more than 200 countries. Davis received his Bachelors of Science in Organizational Management from Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland and his MBA from Emory University Goizueta School of Business in Atlanta, Georgia.


For more information on Mr. Davis, click here

Andrew R. Davis

Andrew R. Davis

Dr. Ninfa Saunders

Dr. Ninfa Saunders


Dr. Saunders has more than 40 years of hospital administrative and clinical experience. Dr. Saunders currently serves as the President and CEO of Navicent Health, a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to coordinate its affiliated entities in their mission of providing a comprehensive range of high-quality reasonably priced healthcare services to Georgians. Dr. Saunders completed her Doctorate in Healthcare Administration at the Medical University of South Carolina. She earned a Master of Business Administration from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, a Master of Science in Nursing from the Rutgers University in Newark, NJ, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Concordia College in Manila, Philippines.


For more information on Dr. Saunders, click here


Thank you to our platinum level sponsor: 

Georgia Association of Nursing Deans and Directors is proud to support doctoral education and the GNLC Doctoral Symposium. Find out more about what GANDD is doing at:


Thank you to our Gold level sponsor: 

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