Katie Boston-Leary, PhD RN

CEO & Founder and Director, ANA
The Reach Initiative, LLC

Katie Boston-Leary is the CEO & Founder of The Reach Initiative, LLC, a company that provides coaching and consulting for healthcare leaders and pro-bono services for nurses of color. She is also the Director of Nursing Programs at the American Nurses Association overseeing the Nursing Practice and Work Environment Division and Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation. She is also the Co-Lead for Project Firstline, a multi-million-dollar grant collaborative with the CDC for training on Infection Prevention and Control. Katie is also the co-chair for the DEI committee for the Healthcare Leaders Network Delaware Valley, an ACHE affiliate. Katie is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and the School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She is a board member on St. Johns University Health Programs, George Washington University Women in Business Program and an editorial advisory board member with Web/MD Medscape. She is a trained executive coach with training from the College of Executive Coaching and the John Maxwell Coaching Program. She is DISC and EQ-i 2.0 certified and provides coaching to doctoral students, graduates from the Stanford University’s “What’s Next?” Course and various hospital leaders.

She was recently identified August 2019 Health Leaders Journal as “One of Five Chief Nursing Officers Changing Healthcare”. Her most recent research was a qualitative study on nurses’ perceptions of power dynamics in the hospital setting. She is a well-known speaker nationally and internationally with many publications and podcast guest invitations. She completed her PhD at Walden University in Health Services, obtained a dual degree MBA and MHA from the University of Maryland Global Campus and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bowie State University in Maryland. She is a board-certified Nurse Executive and obtained a nurse executive leadership certificate from Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been interviewed for stories in numerous print, online and televised media outlets namely CNBC, NY Times, Cheddar TV, HR Maximizer and Bloomberg News. She recently co-authored an article titled, The US COVID‐19 Crisis: Facts, Science and Solidarity, which was published in the International Nursing Review (INR), the official journal of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and just conducted and published a mixed methods study on the lived experiences of Chief Nurses during the pandemic for HealthLeaders Media.