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85th Anniversary Speaker Series

In celebration of the University of Portland School of Nursing's 85th Anniversary, we will be hosting a series of guest speakers to work with our students and faculty on various topics. Please join us in the Buckley Center Auditorium for the midday presentations, for which you can find details about each below. We also hope that you can join the conversation over light hors d'oeuvres at the evening receptions, for which you can RSVP below.

For questions, please email Steven Arends at

Upcoming Events

Teri Pipe

January 23, 2020: Dr. Teri Pipe on "Mindfulness"

Dr. Teri Pipe is Arizona State University's Chief Well-Being Officer. Formerly Dr. Pipe served as the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU). She also is the founding director of ASU's Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience. Before coming to ASU in 2011, Dr. Pipe served as director of Nursing Research and Innovation at Mayo Clinic Arizona and was an associate professor of nursing at the Mayo Clinic’s College of Medicine. In 2014 she was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow.

Dr. Pipe is an expert on mindfulness which is a skill set to increase the ability to experience being fully present, focused and alive. Mindfulness has important implications for resilience within and beyond the healthcare and higher education sectors.  Dr. Pipe is an expert on nursing leadership with a focus on interprofessionalism, bringing nurses together with physicians and other health professionals, business people, and policy makers, to help redesign and improve health in the U.S. Her research interests include:  mindfulness, resilience in professional and clinical populations, health promotion and wellness, positive coping and stress management, oncology, and gerontology.  She is a sought after speaker on the topics of mindfulness, workforce resilience and self-compassion.

Dr. Pipe earned her PhD in health policy and administration with a minor in gerontology from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis in gerontology from the University of Arizona, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Iowa.

Presentation: 11:30am - 12:45pm, Buckley Center Auditorium
"Mindfulness and Resilience: Practicing Presence in the Academic Environment"

Reception: 6:00pm - 8:00pm, President's Boardroom, Bauccio Commons
RSVP for the Jan 23 Reception

Joan Gurvis

February 18, 2020: Joan Gurvis on "Leadership"

Joan's work in her private practice as a Leadership and Organizational Development Consultant focuses on working with clients to deliver leadership solutions at the team and organizational level with an emphasis on Senior Team development, shaping culture and organizational transformation.  In her role as a Senior Faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), she is building capability within CCL to advance the Center’s organizational leadership practice, and facilitates programs focused on the C -Suite. At CCL, she is one of the lead faculty for Leadership at the Peak, CCL’s offering for C level executives.

Drawing upon her real-world leadership experiences, Joan’s broad industry sector expertise brings a real and practical strength to the wide variety of clients she works with. A sampling of her past client experience includes:  Procter and Gamble, Carlisle Companies, Shell Canada, Pepsi, Ascension Health Care, Memorial Health System, and Real Living Real Estate. Most recently, Joan was the Managing Director- CCL Colorado Springs and a member of the America’s Senior Leadership team. As Managing Director, she held P & L responsibility while setting the strategic direction for client, operational, and portfolio functions of that business unit.  Joan has held numerous management and faculty roles during her tenure at the Center, including: Greensboro Campus Director, and Group Manager of Individual Leader Development. In that role she had global responsibility for the Center’s flagship offering the Leadership Development Program as well as Leading for Organizational Impact

Joan graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and earned her Master’s in Nursing Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to joining CCL and starting her own practice, Joan was an Assistant Vice President at US Trust Company, a wealth management firm leading the Southern Region Learning and Development function. A published author on healthcare and leadership, she has worked as a clinician, educator and healthcare administrator.

Presentation: 1:30pm - 2:45pm, Buckley Center Auditorium
“Learning Agility: Maximizing your student experience and beyond”

Reception: 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Terrace Room, Bauccio Commons
RSVP for Feb 18 Reception

Bonnie Clipper

April 2, 2020: Dr. Bonnie Clipper on "Innovation"

Dr. Bonnie Clipper is the chief clinical officer at Wambi, a patient engagement and employee recognition platform aimed at empowering compassionate care.  Bonnie is an expert in the nursing innovation space and was the first vice president of innovation for the American Nurses Association and created the innovation framework that is inspiring 4 million registered nurses to participate in innovation to transform health. Bonnie has spent more than 20 years in executive nursing roles and is a top nurse influencer in LinkedIn.  She speaks internationally on radical collaborations and the impact of emerging technologies on nursing practice. Dr. Clipper is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow alumna and an ASU/AONE Executive Fellow in Health Innovation Leadership alumna.

Dr. Clipper completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Texas Tech University.    She received a Master of Business Administration from Lewis University, a Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration from St. Mary’s University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winona State University.  She serves as Adjunct Faculty at several nursing schools, including; Johns Hopkins, Norwich University, and University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso

She has published on the impact of AI and robots on nursing practice, authored the book; The Nurse Managers Guide to an Intergenerational Workforce, co-authored The Innovation Roadmap: A Guide for Nurse Leaders and is the lead author on a new book, The Nurse’s Guide to Innovation.

Bonnie considers herself a “friendly introvert” and her superpower is being a super-connector!

Presentation: 3:30pm - 4:45pm, Buckley Center Auditorium
"Emerging Technology Impacting Nursing Practice"

Reception: 6:00pm - 8:00pm, President's Boardroom, Bauccio Commons
RSVP for April 2 Reception