Founder’s Day Forum

Each fall, the TWU College of Nursing, in collaboration with Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society’s Beta Beta Houston chapter, presents the annual Founder's Day Forum, a conference open to the public with complimentary registration.

The event features a dynamic speaker as well as research presented by nursing students and nurses from across the Texas Medical Center and the State of Texas.

This year will feature keynote speaker Michelle DeBose, PhD, MSN, MSEd, CNEcl, one of the 2022-2023 AACN ELAN fellows. She is also the bronze medal winner of the Good Samaritan Foundation Excellence in Nursing Award and nominated for the Emma Josephine Loffelholz McMorris Spirituality Award. 

CONFERENCE THEME: Leadership in Nursing

October 28, 2022
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Online Conference
(No registration fee, open to the public)

Join us online for

  • Virtual podium and poster presentations
  • Presentation of Poster Awards and Sigma Small Research Grants
  • Networking

Registration Information

Advanced registration is required. All presenters must register. There will be NO same day registration for the conference.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Midnight, October 24, 2022

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Michelle DeBose

Profile photo of Michelle Dubose, PhD, MSN, MSEd, CNEcl

Michelle DeBose, PhD, MSN, MSEd, CNEcl, has served in numerous leadership roles throughout her four decades of service in nursing. After earning her undergraduate nursing degree at Northeastern University in Boston Mass., DeBose graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master's and Doctorate in continuing and vocational education and a Master of Science in nursing education. 

Her PhD examined sources of information available to African American women about breast cancer. DeBose's research interests include educating underserved populations about health disparities and educating the next generation of nurse scholars.

She was selected to join a team of colleagues to integrate the National HIV curriculum into Health Professional Programs through HRSA-22-022 funding. One of the 2022-2023 AACN ELAN fellows, DeBose is also the bronze medal winner of the Good Samaritan Foundation Excellence in Nursing Award and nominated for the Emma Josephine Loffelholz McMorris Spirituality Award. 

Presentation: Standing on the Promises - Informal and Formal Leadership in Nursing

Objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to

  1. Formulate strategies to develop as a leader
  2. Explain how leadership is essential for professional nurses
  3. Explore the relationship of excellence, leadership, and professionalism


This presentation is designed to help nurses explore their leadership potential and how to use those skills to advance themselves professionally. Informal and formal leadership are vital to becoming successful leaders in nursing. You do not have to wait for someone to “appoint” or “hire” you to be a leader. You can develop leadership skills and prepare yourselves for the right opportunity for change.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16383 for 1 CEU by Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing, T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center. 5550 South Western Medical Avenue, Dallas, TX 75325

Conference Schedule

Time Content
8-8:15 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
8:15-9:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Michelle DeBose, PhD, MSN, MSEd, CNEcl
9:15-9:30 a.m. BREAK (Poster Viewing)
9:30-10:30 a.m. Podium Presentations
10:30-10:45 a.m. BREAK (Poster Viewing)
10:45-11:45 a.m. Podium Presentations
11:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.   Present Grant Recipients and Announcement
12 p.m. Closing and CEU Evaluation

Contact Information

For questions regarding the abstract or for further information regarding the Founder's Day Forum event, please email

See you at the conference!

Deltra Muoki, PhD, APRN, AGNP-C, CMSRN, CNE
Vice-President Programs Sigma Beta Beta Houston
Assistant Professor
Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing
Texas Woman’s University

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