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Renee Thompson DNP, RN, CSP

CEO & Founder 
Healthy Workforce Institute 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America 
Dr Renee Thompson is a leading authority on creating healthy workforces by eliminating bullying and incivility. With 30 years as a clinical nurse, nurse educator, quality manager, and nurse executive, Dr Thompson is an expert on workplace bullying and incivility and spends most of her time working with healthcare organizations that want to cultivate a healthy workforce. Renee is the CEO and Founder of the Healthy Workforce Institute. She has been repeatedly published, interviewed, and awarded for her work to educate, connect and inspire current and future nurses. Dr. Thompson has been published in numerous nursing journals including, but not limited to, Journal of Medsurg Nursing, Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA), Nursing 2008, and Oncology Nursing News. In 2016, Renee received the Nursing Excellence award as a nurse entrepreneur to honor her work to eliminate workplace bullying. She received the first Outstanding Nursing Alumni for Excellence in Leadership Award and Distinguished Alumni recognition from her alma mater and was a finalist in the Healthcare Heroes Awards as a Healthcare Provider. Her blog has won numerous awards as a Top Nursing Blog “must-read” by the online nursing community and her anti-bullying videos are viewed by healthcare organizations around the world. Renee is one of only 26 nurses in the world who have achieved the prestigious certified speaking professional designation and in 2018 was recognized as one of LinkedIn’s Top Ten Voices in Healthcare for her contribution to their global online healthcare community. Renee has a Masters degree in Nursing Education and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Pittsburgh. 
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Megan Lochner MD, FACOG

Obstetrician/Gynecologist 
Stony Brook School of Medicine 
New York, New York, United States of America 
Dr Megan Lochner is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist practicing at Stony Brook Medicine on Long Island in New York. She graduated from Stony Brook School of Medicine and completed her residency at Stony Brook as chief resident, receiving several awards including the Humanism in Medicine Award and the Golden Scalpel Award two years in a row. She has been in private practice for 14 years and is very active in her hospital community serving on several boards. She is the physician leader for the Schwartz Rounds in Maternity and NICU. Dr Lochner spear headed the Code Lavender initiative, bringing this staff support system to her hospital. Most recently, Dr Lochner was invited to join the Mental Health Disaster Team in March of 2020 to provide insight on ways to support staff during the upcoming pandemic. From that meeting, a small subcommittee formed, with Dr Lochner as the only physician member of this new "Staff Support Team." Dr Lochner has spoken both nationally and internationally on the topic of Code Lavender and creating a culture of compassion in medicine.
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Sherri Lee Simons MSN, RNC-NIC, CCRN

Principal 
Cognosante 
Stafford, Virginia, United States of America 
Sherri Simons is the principal for her company Cognosante and describes herself as the person who can’t think inside the box, which will soon be apparent! She works as a consultant for Federal Health agencies, such as the Military Health System and Veterans Health Administration. Sherri has an extensive background in maternal child nursing as a clinician, manager and administrator. She has a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Administration from George Mason University and has been certified by both the NCC and AACN in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing. She is the mother of EIGHT children, ranging in ages from 19 to 43 years of age (which is hard to do since she is only 29!) has 10 grandchildren and is still married to her first husband! 
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