Nursing as a Career to Achieve Financial Security

February 3, 2021

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM ET

*Registration required

Nursing as a Career to Achieve Financial Security  is the second in a series of virtual convenings with the goal of engaging a range of stakeholders, including consumer, business and health care organizations, on improving our nation’s health equity through a more diverse nursing work force.


  • Demonstrate nursing as a career for financial security and as an effective career ladder for historically marginalized populations.
  • Support the nursing profession’s efforts in building a diverse health equity-minded workforce and leadership.

11 a.m. Welcome

Susan C. Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Vice President, Public Policy Institute and Director & Chief Strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America and Family Caregiving Initiatives, AARP

Jean C. Accius, PhD, PMP, FGSA, AARP Policy, Research & International Affairs, Senior Vice President, Global Thought Leadership

11:10 a.m. Keynote

Annette Franqui, Chair, AARP Board of Directors and Co-Found Partner, Forrestal Capital LLC

11:25 a.m. Panel 1: Setting the Stage: Financial Insecurity and Inequity in the United States

  • Cat Goughnour, MSc, Director, Racial Wealth Equity Strategy, Prosperity Now
  • Lori Trawinski, PhD, CCDP/AP, CFP® Director, Finance and Employment, Public Policy Institute, AARP
  • Joanne Spetz, PhD, Director, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, Brenda and Jeffrey L. Kang Presidential Chair in Healthcare Finance Associate Director for Research, Healthforce Center at UCSF, University of California, San Francisco
  • Kenya Beard, EdD, ANEF, FAAN, Associate Provost, Chamberlain University

Moderated by: Barbara Nichols, MS, RN, FAAN, Executive Director, Wisconsin Center for Nursing and Diversity Adviser, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action

11:55 a.m. Brief Conversation and Panel Introduction

  • Kupiri “Piri” Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Dean of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Clinical Professor, University of California Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
  • Melissa Grober-Morrow, MPA, Thought Leadership Director, Financial Resilience, AARP

12:05 p.m. Panel 2: Obstacles to More Diversity in Nursing

  • Lenora Campbell, PhD, RN, Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • LaDonia Patterson, EdD, RN, CNE,
    Lecturer, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Mercer University, Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition Diversity Co-Chair
  • Roderick Hadnot, RN, MSN, Clinical Nurse Educator, Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas

Moderated by: Lisa Martin, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor, St. Catherine University

12:35 p.m. Brief Conversation and Panel Introduction

  • Kupiri “Piri” Ackerman-Barger
  • Melissa Grober-Morrow

12:45 p.m. Panel 3: Solutions to Achieve Diversity in Nursing & Financial Well-being

  • Philip Weinberg, MBA, President & CEO, STRIVE International
  • Wallena “Lena” Gould, EdD, CRNA, FAAN, Founder of the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program
  • Scharmaine Lawson, DNP, FNP-BC, FAAN, Founder of Nola The Nurse®️ and Housecall Nation®️

Moderated by: Antonia Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and the Margaret Bond Simon Dean, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

1:25 p.m. Closing

Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Advisor for Nursing and Director, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Senior Scholar-In-Residence and Senior Adviser to the President on Nursing, National Academy of Medicine

1:30 p.m. Meeting Ends