February 12: Neuroscience of Leadership with Joan Evans

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019     10:00 AM - 2:00 PM          (Check-in begins at 9:30 AM)


Registration Deadline: February 5  



WakeMed Cary Hospital Conference Center  1900 Kildaire Farm Road; Cary, NC 27518


Course Fee: 

$25 fee includes registration, handouts, lunch and continuing education credits. All employees of SAHA member hospitals are eligible to register at this rate. Please note any dietary allergies or aversions at registration.    


Joan Evans, PT, MBA, CMC

Cone Health Chief of Staff  

Joan Evans provides leadership on initiatives and support to advance the CEO's agenda for Cone Health. She serves as his trusted advisor and manages strategic projects and other work critical to the successful execution of the strategic plan and brand promise. Evans ensures that the CEO is kept abreast of critical internal and external concerns and helps the CEO optimize his time to add the most value to Cone Health.

Previously, Evans was executive vice president of innovation and transformation at Cone Health. She has also served as vice president of organizational effectiveness and performance. Evans joined Cone Health in 1981 as a physical therapist. She has since served in various roles including vice president of rehabilitation, vice president of health services and chief learning officer. 

Evans earned an MBA degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. She also is a graduate of the NeuroLeadership Institute™ with a certification in neuroleadership, and is a certified ontological executive coach. 

Evans is a member of the American Society of Training and Development, the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration. She also serves on the Elon University Board of Advisors and the board of the Greensboro Science Center.

Course Description

For years, leaders have implemented tools and techniques that were often based on intuition and well-intentioned beliefs about how to motivate and inspire employees. Over the past 20 years, advances in neuroscience research have led to new learning and insight about how to positively impact human performance in the workplace.  This class will provide a summary of this research and its impact on leader behaviors.  Through the lens of how our brains are wired, we’ll look at why some leadership behaviors work and others’ don’t.

Following this session, attendees will be able to:


  1. Describe the fundamental operating system of our human brains and how it impacts leadership style and behaviors.
  2. Describe David Rock's SCARF model and identify specific behaviors leaders can use to motivate employees to achieve goals, minimize resistance to change and improve performance.
  3. Identify ways to increase focus and attention to enhance team and individual effectiveness.
  4. Create an action plan to put their new skills into practice

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Who Should Attend: 

All staff are invited to attend who are interested in learning new leadership skills. 




SAHA is authorized to award 3.5 hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education Credit (non-face-to-face) for this program toward advancement, or re-certification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

Approval is pending for this  program by the National Association for Healthcare Quality for 3.50 CPHQ continuing education credits. 


The Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.NASBARegistry.org.

In order to be awarded the full credit hours, you must be present for the duration of the session, registering your attendance and departure on the attendance sheets at the registration desk.

Participants will earn 4.2 CPE credits for this session. *

*Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits apply to NASBA. 


Field of Study: Personal Development

Delivery Method: Group Live

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this session. 

Advanced Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic



Cancellations must be received by February 5, 2019 to qualify for a refund. No refunds will be given after this date. Substitutes are welcome, with email notification. For more information regarding refunds, concerns or program cancellation policies, please contact our offices at 919.350.2004. 


Swati Bhardwaj ~ sbhardwaj@sahalliance.org ~ 919-350-1792


Erica Nelson ~ enelson@sahalliance.org  ~ 919.350.2613

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