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 renowned speaker as well as research presented by nursing students and nurses from across the Texas Medical Center and the State of Texas. This year's conference will also be entirely online due to COVID-19, travel and social distancing restrictions.

This year will feature Dr. Richard Ricciardi, CRNP, PhD, FAANP, FAAN, current President of Sigma Theta Tau International, speaking on Infusing and Instilling Joy - A Necessary Ingredient in Driving Creativity and Innovation.  

CONFERENCE THEME: Embracing the Art and Science of Nursing

October 2, 2020
8 a.m. - 12:45 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

Advanced Registration Required

Registration is now closed.

If you will be presenting and have not registered for the event, please contact

There will be NO day-of registration for the conference.

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Richard Ricciardi

Ricciardi Headshot

Dr. Richard Ricciardi, CRNP, PhD, FAANP, FAAN is Professor and Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at the George Washington University School of Nursing. He also is the 33rd President of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Prior to joining GW, Ricciardi served as the Director of the Division of Practice Improvement and the Senior Advisor for Nursing at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Throughout 30 years of active duty in the Army, Ricciardi held positions as a pediatric and family nurse practitioner, clinical scientist, and senior leader. Most recently, he served as the Chief of Nursing Research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Director of Research at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Presentation: Infusing and Instilling Joy - A Necessary Ingredient in Driving Creativity and Innovation

  1. Identify ways in which joyful practice impacts patients, nurses, and all healthcare workers
  2. Discuss methods that you can use to instill and sustain the joy of practice in nursing and healthcare
  3. Specify how Sigma can contribute to instilling and sustaining the joy of practice in nursing and healthcare

Conference Schedule

8-8:20 a.m. POSTER Viewing and Vote
8:20-8:35 a.m. Founder's Day Celebration Welcome
8:35-10:05 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Rick Ricciardi, CRNP, PhD, FAANP, FAAN
10:05-10:20 a.m. BREAK
10:20-10:40 a.m.

Main Room: POSTER Viewing and Vote

Room 2: Open Discussion Networking Activity

Topic: COVID-19 - Share your stories "from the trenches"

10:45-11:45 a.m. Podium Presentations
11:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.  BREAK (Last chance for POSTER Viewing and Vote)
12-12:30 p.m. Podium Presentations
12:30-12:45 p.m. Conference Awards and Closing
12:45 p.m. Complete Evaluation for CEU


CEUs offered for Keynote Speaker presentation

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16383 for 1.5 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

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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!

Leslie S. Nelson Ph.D, MN, ACUE
Vice-President Programs Sigma Beta Beta Houston
Assistant Professor
Texas Woman’s University

Page last updated 8:16 AM, September 28, 2020