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Emerging Leader Fellowship

The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) is pleased to partner with Synova Associates to provide the Emerging Leader Fellowship (ELF) program.


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NANN and Synova Associates have partnered to develop the Emerging Leader Fellowship program. Whether your goals are to be a NICU leader, a leader within NANN, or want to add transferable leadership skills, this program is for you. The focus of your personal leadership goals —whether they are association based or hospital based—will determine your program experience. NANN and Synova will provide you with goal-specific information and content and your project/case study will be aligned with your goals.

The ELF program’s objective is to grow and develop emerging neonatal nurses and APRNs who have been identified as having leadership potential. By equipping future leaders with translatable and transferable leadership skills, participants will be better prepared to succeed and flourish within their professional, personal, and volunteer environments.

Please note: Due to challenges surrounding the pandemic, NANN and Synova have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020-2021 Emerging Leader Fellowship. Look for information on next year's program in spring 2021!

What is the Emerging Leader Fellowship program?

The Emerging Leader Fellowship program is an nine-month program for NANN members who wish to grow as leaders through NANN, their workplace, or a local organization. The program encourages development of leadership skills and giving back to the neonatal nursing profession through volunteering. At the conclusion of the fellowship, each participant will complete a capstone or case study project that showcases leadership growth, either in the hospital or with NANN, and present a poster at the NANN Annual Conference. Applicants must be NANN members in good standing, or must agree to join NANN if selected. 

Listen to what our 2019-2020 graduates have to say about their Emerging Leader Fellowship experience.


Please contact Molly Anderson, Director, Membership, Marketing & Communications, at or 847.375.4897 with any questions.