Keynote Speakers

Brian Cuban
Consumer Advocate, Activist, Author
Thursday  |  October 29, 9:00am-10:00am

Pamela Cipriano
ANA President, Health Care Quality Advocate
Friday  |  October 30, 9:00am-10:00am
Brian Cuban
October 29, 9:00am-10:00am

Brian Cuban is an author whose best-selling book, “Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder,” chronicles his first-hand experiences living with, and recovering from, twenty-seven years of eating disorders, alcoholism, drug addiction and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). Brian speaks regularly about his recovery and breaking the stigma surrounding male eating disorders and mental illness.

Brian has been invited to speak across North America at colleges, universities and other events including the National Eating Disorder Association Conference Family Panel, Entertainment Industries Council 3rd Annual Media And Mental Health Awards and the North Texas Recovery Film Festival.

Brian has appeared on the Katie Couric Show and his columns have appeared on,, The Huffington Post and in online and print newspapers around the world.

Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
October 30, 9:00am-10:00am

Dr. Pamela Cipriano is the 35th president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the nation’s largest nurses organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses.

A longtime member, Dr. Cipriano has been active in ANA at the national and state levels.  In addition to serving two terms on the ANA Board of Directors, she was the recipient of the association’s 2008 Distinguished Membership Award for her outstanding contributions to ANA.  She was the inaugural editor-in-chief of American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association, from 2006-14. Dr. Cipriano is a member of the Virginia Nurses Association.

Prior to becoming ANA president, Dr. Cipriano was senior director for health care management consulting at Galloway Advisory by iVantage.  She has served in faculty and leadership positions at the University of Virginia (UVA) since 2000, and currently holds a faculty appointment as research associate professor at the UVA School of Nursing.

Dr. Cipriano holds a PhD in executive nursing administration from the University of Utah College of Nursing, a master of nursing degree in physiological nursing from the University of Washington, and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from American University.  She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a fellow in 1991.


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