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The Role of Virtual Reality in Transforming Organizational Learning and Development

University of Wollongong Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Dean Patricia Davidson and the University of Wollongong will visit San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC to host a panel discussion and networking reception.

Hear from some of the world’s leading innovators who are using technology to shape the way individuals and organizations learn, develop, and grow. Explore ways in which technology provides an immersive training experience and how virtual reality and simulation-based learning can meet the education, compliance, and development needs of health care organizations.

A panel discussion with Q&A will begin at 6:30pm, followed by a networking reception at 7:30pm.

Drinks and light fare will be provided. Alumni and guests are complimentary. Please consider making a donation to the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in support of this event.

Event Details

San Francisco

Tuesday, July 30th
6:30 – 9:30pm
The W Hotel – Industry Room
181 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


Speaking in San Francisco:

Washington, DC

Thursday, August 1st
6:30 -9:30pm
The Hay Adams
800 16TH Street NW, Washington, DC 20006


Speaking in DC:


Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN

Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN
Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing




  • Kristen Brown, DNP, CRNP, CPNP-AC, CHSE

    Kristen Brown, DNP, CRNP, CPNP-AC, CHSEKristen Brown, DNP, CRNP, CPNP-AC, CHSE, Assistant Professor and the Advanced Practice Simulation Coordinator at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHSON). In this role, Dr. Brown develops simulation curriculum, plans innovative, immersive training events, and studies the use of simulation as a teaching method. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Brown completed a two-year simulation fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. Dr. Brown was the first nurse to be named the Zamierowski Simulation Fellow. Her passion for simulation education stems from her years in clinical practice as a pediatric critical care nurse practitioner. She has had a 17-year nursing career devoted to the care of critically ill children and she has worked in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Johns Hopkins Hospital as a nurse practitioner for the past 13 years. For her doctoral work she designed, implemented and studied a multi-institutional, high fidelity simulation boot camp training event for advanced practice nurses. This innovative training has sparked an annual training event. Dr. Brown continues her work in simulation at both the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Nursing. She was selected into the National League for Nursing (NLN) Simulation Leader program and was recently named the Simulation Strategic Projects Lead for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. In her faculty role, she is currently incorporating simulation into advanced practice programs at JHSON. Dr. Brown earned her BSN from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, her MS with an Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner focus from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and her DNP from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

  • Kenneth Dion, PhD, MSN, MBA
    Kenneth Dion, PhD, MSN, MBAKenneth Dion, PhD, MSN, MBA, is a 40-year veteran of the healthcare industry. The nurse entrepreneur, inventor, and scholar brings non-traditional and highly value-added expertise to identifying and advancing business opportunities within nursing locally, nationally, and internationally. In 1999, Dr. Dion founded Decision Critical, Inc., a cloud-based start-up information systems company, to meet the education, compliance, and competency development needs of health care organizations. He was awarded a patent for Critical Portfolio, a first-of-its-kind ePortfolio application, and Critical Staffer, a reverse staffing system. In 2012, Decision Critical was acquired by HealthStream, Inc., where Dr. Dion served as vice president and chief of nursing informatics. He later founded TurnPath, LLC, a healthcare technology incubator. Dr. Dion is active in a number of nursing professional organizations, including longtime support and service to Sigma Theta Tau International at a variety of levels and in many capacities. He is a Virginia Henderson, Billye Brown, and Sigma Theta Tau Fellow, and is currently treasurer on the International Board of Directors. He earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Central Florida and his MBA, MSN, and a doctorate in nursing systems at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Rick Martin
    Rick MartinRick Martin is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, Optus Future Maker, MIT Global Entrepreneurship Alumni, and a winner of the UNLEASH Innovation Lab in 2017. Rick is a cofounder of Equal Reality, which is working with organizations all around the world to change the way that perspective taking in education can be done by leveraging immersive Virtual Reality to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes”, and be able to practice soft skills. Before starting Equal Reality, Rick completed a double degree in Law and Commerce from the University of Wollongong, and worked in financial markets and technology sales at Bloomberg and IBM in London and Sydney. 

    Rick's journey has led him to become an advocate of technology and entrepreneurship as powerful tools for social and global impact. He is currently an advisor for health and medtech startups; The Ageing Revolution, OxiWear, and Hearoes on Demand.

    LinkedIn    Equal Reality
  • Molly K. McCarthy MBA, RN-BC

    Molly K. McCarthy MBA, RN-BC Molly K. McCarthy MBA, RN-BC is the National Director, US Provider Industry and Chief Nursing Officer in the Health and Life Sciences Sector for Microsoft.  With over twenty-five years’ experience in the healthcare industry, Molly is passionate about uniting technology, clinicians and patients to improve care delivery, safety and outcomes. 

    She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University, and began her career as a nurse in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Units.  Upon receiving her Master of Business Administration from the University of San Francisco, she combined her clinical and business backgrounds within the medical device and clinical informatics industry.  Molly started in a product and market development role at Natus Medical, Inc, in Silicon Valley.  She furthered her career in a business development roles for the Association for Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), where she was responsible for piloting a benchmark database that extracted data from hospital EHRs in order to provide business intelligence to hospital leadership. Prior to Microsoft, she worked with Philips Healthcare’s Patient Care and Clinical Informatics Divisions, where she orchestrated large enterprise system integrations of patient monitoring networks into hospital EMRs. At Microsoft, she oversees the strategy for the health system and provider market in the United States.

    Connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter @MSFTMollyRN

  • Jonathan Morgan

    Jonathan Morgan Jonathan Morgan is the President and CEO of Applied Science, Inc., (“ASI”) a developer of medical device process automation solutions which provide real time operational intelligence, eliminate workflow friction and give clinicians more time to spend with patients.  In addition, these solutions seamlessly integrate with other enterprise systems, assuring consistency and compliance.  ASI’s customers include: Dignity Health, the American Red Cross, Vitalant, New York Blood Center (“NYBC”) and the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.

    Prior to his current role at ASI, Mr. Morgan built and managed businesses in a variety of industries.  He was a founder, and the President and CEO, at PingDa Travel, a company organized to undertake a major roll up in the corporate travel industry in Greater China.  He was the President and CEO of First Virtual Communications, Inc. (“FVC”) a company that developed highly scalable and secure, enterprise class, rich media communications solutions.  FVC’s largest customer was the United States Department of Defense.

    Mr. Morgan started his business career as an investment banker.  Over the course of 25 years in the industry he worked at a number of firms and had the following positions: Worldwide Head of the Technology Group at Prudential Securities; Founding Partner and Managing Director of the mergers and acquisitions business at Montgomery Securities; and was a member of Morgan Stanley’s mergers and acquisitions department.

    Mr. Morgan is Chairman and a founder of Plus3 Networks, a pioneer in the use of social media applications to develop corporate wellness solutions; and a board member at Bishop Wisecarver, a leader in the development and manufacturing of motion technology solutions.   He is a member of the MedStart CEO Forum in Sacramento.  He received his HBA from The School of Business Administration at The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada and was a member of the Dean’s Honour’s List.