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What is ELC?

The Executive Leadership Conference (ELC) is a 3-day event that will redefine how you approach leadership at your organization. This year, ELC will be held virtually! Our unique blend of sessions challenges you to refine your healthcare leadership competencies, lead through crisis, enhance your leadership skills, improve PA and NP revenue generation for your organization, and much more.

This virtual event features:

    • 3 days of scheduled, live virtual sessions with the opportunity to engage with expert faculty and fellow PA and NP leaders.
    • Access to 15 additional self-paced sessions that you can watch when it’s convenient for you.
Course Directors
      • Krisi Gindlesperger, PA-C, MPAS, MBA, DFAAPA
        Vice President – National Director of APPs
        US Acute Care Solutions
      • Andrea Lowe, MBA, MHA, PA-C
        Director of Employer Strategy
        Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Business Partner
      • Sarah Vanderlinden, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
        Assistant Director of Advanced Practice Providers
        Medical College of Wisconsin
Accreditation Statement

The 2021 Executive Leadership Conference: Virtual has been approved by the AAPA Review Panel for up to 22 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Participants should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Are You an NP?

NPs can often claim AAPA Category 1 CME credit as continuing education with AANPCB and ANCC. Check with your certification/licensing authority to confirm that AAPA credit is acceptable – and then register for this great conference!



Virtual Conference Experience (22 AAPA Category 1 CME credits)


  • AAPA Member: $549
  • Nonmember: $849

There are two parts to the virtual conference experience: live virtual sessions and self-paced sessions.

Live Virtual Sessions

The 6 live virtual sessions will take place Nov. 16-18, 2021. Each day, there will be 2 live virtual sessions that take place at specific times. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to participate in interactive polling, interactive discussion with speakers and fellow colleagues, and Q&A with the speakers. Take a look at the schedule for the live virtual sessions so you can book your calendar accordingly.

Please note that 3 of the live sessions will not be recorded due to their interactive format. If you miss one of these live sessions, you will not be able to claim CME for that session.

Self-Paced Sessions

The second part of the virtual conference experience consists of 15 self-paced sessions that you can watch when it’s convenient for you! These pre-recorded sessions will be released to participants at 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021.

Registrants will have access to all recordings until Nov. 30, 2022.

Standard Cancellation and Refund Policy

We do not offer any refunds or credits for virtual conference registrations. All sales are final.

Should I Attend?

Should I Attend?

Both PAs and NPs are invited to attend the Executive Leadership Conference. We’ve specifically designed ELC for PAs and NPs who are clinical or administrative leaders, or those who are considering transitioning into healthcare leadership. There’s a new curriculum each year for you. Take a look at our attendee data from 2019 to learn more.


2019 Attendees by Profession

2019 was the first year that NPs were in attendance, and we look forward to an even higher NP attendance in 2021.


2019 Attendees by Leadership Experience

The Executive Leadership Conference is for leaders of all experience levels, as well as for PAs and NPs who are planning to become leaders.


2019 Attendees by Level of Responsibility

Whether you manage PAs and NPs in one site or service line, drive strategic initiatives within an organization, or manage in some other capacity, the program and networking opportunities at the Executive Leadership Conference can benefit you.

Live Virtual Session Schedule

Live Virtual Session Schedule

Plan your schedule to participate in these live virtual sessions at the dates and times noted below. During these sessions, there will be interactive polling, interaction among attendees when possible, and Q&A with the speakers. Please note that all times listed are EST.

All live sessions can be accessed through AAPA’s Learning Central.

Live session recordings will be available at the end of the conference. Please note, due to their interactive nature, certain sessions will NOT be recorded, and those sessions have a * next to them.

  • November 16


    • 11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

      Welcome From Course Directors

    • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

      Leading Through Change

    • 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

      Exchanging Ideas and Best Practices*

  • November 17


    • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

      Optimization of Leadership Structures That Integrate PAs and NPs

    • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

      Tools to Represent Your Work as a Leader: Leader Reports and SMART Goals

    • 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

      Q&A Discussion for Tools to Represent Your Work*

  • November 18


    • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

      Integrated Medicine

    • 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

      Q&A with Panel of Leadership Experts*

This session list may be updated or modified without notification.

*No recording available for this interactive session.

Self-Paced Sessions

Self-Paced Sessions

In addition to the live virtual sessions, all registrants will receive access to 15 additional sessions that will be released to participants at 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. Watch these pre-recorded sessions whenever it’s convenient for you. Take a look at all of the content that will be included!

  • Quality and Financial Impact of Adding PAs and NPs to Inpatient Teams Featuring Rapid Response
  • Value Based Reimbursement: Are They Working?
  • Unconscious Bias in the Workplace; Pitfalls Every Administrator Experiences
  • Empathy in Leadership
  • Navigating the Changing Healthcare Landscape as an Executive: How to Anticipate and Prepare for What’s Next
  • Reimbursement Strategies for 2022
  • Demystifying Doctoral Education for Clinicians
  • Telemedicine 2.0
  • Utilizing State and National Advocacy to Pivot Into Healthcare Administration
  • Disrupting the Status Quo: Leadership Tactics in Telemedicine Operations
  • Mentorship vs. Sponsorship: What’s the Difference and Why Do You Need Both?
  • PA/NP Utilization Models: Creating Best Practices
  • Business Plans for Launching PA/NP Teams
  • Leadership in Transition to Practice
  • Progressing From Clinical Practice to APP Leadership
Attendee Information

Attendee Information

Accessing the Sessions and Handouts

You will receive an email a few days before the conference start date that will provide instructions for accessing the sessions and handouts in AAPA’s Learning Central.

Course Evaluations and CME Certificate

Your feedback helps us plan future conferences; therefore, your completion of course evaluations is a prerequisite for a CME certificate. The course evaluations will be available in AAPA’s Learning Central beginning Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. You will have until Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 to participate in all sessions, complete the evaluations, and obtain your CME certificate.



What Previous Attendees Say About ELC

“If you are in a position of leadership as a NP/PA or looking into going into leadership, this conference is a must.”

“Wonderful conference that is a perfect setting for one to get new ideas and skills in leadership.”

“Best conference I’ve been to on leadership for clinicians. Top notch speakers with practical information to take home and use immediately.”

“The networking is invaluable! Peer mentorship with other leaders is inspiring and equips all of us to grow.”

“Loved this conference. Great for new leaders wanting to advance their careers.”

“Great for all levels of leaders.”

“Excellent course with a wealth of great information.”

“This conference provides unparalleled networking access to PA/NP leaders across all phases of healthcare leadership experience. It will definitely help take my career to the next level.”

“Great to network with other leaders and hear how others are tackling the tough challenges within PA leadership.”



Join us virtually and connect with more than 200 PAs and NPs in leadership. Benefits to sponsors include increased marketing exposure and name recognition from our constituents.

Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities

For more information about these opportunities, contact Del Baker-Robertson.

Thank you to our sponsors!



We’re here to help! Email us your questions about ELC.