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Message from the National Program Office (NPO)

Happy New Year everyone!

We hope you've survived these winter storms that brought cold and snow to many parts of the country. Your NPO and faculty leaders gathered in Greensboro this first week of January, just as Storm Helena made plans to bring snow and ice to North Carolina. We enjoyed reviewing the many sources of data we've collected about Fellows, evaluations of program design, and outcomes. And we had fun brainstorming plans for the January 29-30, 2018, End of Program Celebration in Clearwater, Florida. If you haven't already put those dates on your calendar, do so now!

In September, the 2013 Cohort graduated at the beautiful Broadmoor Hotel. All our other meetings in Colorado Springs took place in January, and Fellows often wished they could have hiked in warmer weather. That was certainly accomplished this fall, when everyone returned from hikes through Red Rock Canyon with Sharon and her team. Faces were red, breathing was a bit labored, and it started the week off with the consumption of lots of water. But it ended, as past graduation weeks have, with deepened bonds, more than a few tears, and a great celebration of the accomplishments of an incredibly talented cohort of Fellows.

The 2014's are working on their individual leadership projects now and writing personal challenges for work to come at IHI and Continuum in Boston in a few weeks. We hope this stormy weather works itself out before we pack up for our last trip to New England.

David has returned to the US after spending a few years in Brussels Belgium running CCL's Europe, Middle East and Africa operation. Also, we are pleased to share with you that we have published a journal article on the "teaching horses" experiential. The reference is:

June Gunter, Paula Berardinelli, Barbara Blakeney, Linda Cronenwett, Joan Gurvis, Working with horses to develop shared leadership skills for nursing executives, Organizational Dynamics, Available online 31 July 2016, ISSN 0090-2616,


Once again, we ask that you complete an annual update of your profile on As a reminder, you can also upload your CV to your profile. If you need to have your password reset or can't remember your sign in information, please contact Andi Williams at [email protected]

Enjoy catching up on the news in this issue, and we'll see many of you at the ENF Alumni Association meeting in St. George, UT, at the end of February.

Best regards to you all,

Linda Cronenwett

David Altman

Andi Williams