Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellowship

Read about our 2022-23 class of fellows by clicking here.

The Center for Healthcare Innovation and Leadership at The Ohio State University College of Nursing is proud to launch its national Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellowship.

This 12-month fellowship is designed with a three-pronged mission that speaks to the needs and wants of faculty, institutions and nurse leaders and administrators across the country:

  1. To amplify a culture of innovation;
  2. To address burnout; and
  3. To enhance well-being.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellows work on an innovation project while participating in monthly one-on-one and group coaching sessions with support from our mentoring team. Fellows develop skills and knowledge in areas including innovation competencies, design thinking, emotional intelligence, innovation leadership, creative funding ideas and business case development. Center leadership also plan activities throughout the program to enhance the fellowship experience.

To enhance the fellow experience and encourage robust conversation, we seek a mix of research, practice and education practitioners; thus, a cohort of 8-10 fellows is chosen based on an application process. This fellowship is designed for the nurse scientist, leader, administrator, clinician, educator, innovator, creator and/or intrapreneur/entrepreneur. They have access along their journey to expert faculty from our Center for Healthcare Innovation and Leadership, the Innovation Studio and our Teaching Innovation Excellence and Scholarship (TIES) Academy.

This program is infused with our Holistic Transcendental Leadership Model for Enhancing Innovation, Creativity and Well-Being and includes balancing spirit, mind and body to help each fellow achieve their career goals. The purpose of developing a holistic transcendental leadership model is to balance the traits in transformational leadership—in which inspired vision comes from a leader who pushes followers to go above and beyond transactional expectations—with spiritual principles that keep the ego and personality in check and in service to the greater good (self-transcendence). From a holistic paradigm, personal wellness, collective wellness and transcendence of professional boundaries round out this leadership model so that it can become an instrument of both organizational and societal change.

At the start of the program, the fellow will:

  1. Identify an innovation project to work on for the year. The project can be something new, but the preference is to choose an existing project that the fellow would like to expand upon or take to the next level. The project can be research, teaching or practice related -- whatever fits the fellow's program.
  2. Find a support partner to encourage them on their journey.
  3. Be connected to an accountability partner who is also in the program for support and encouragement.
  4. Complete an assessment to be used to monitor fellow progress and program evaluation.

During the program, the fellow will:

  1. Attend monthly online group coaching sessions to offer key leadership skills building focused on the basic tenets of holistic transcendental leadership, emotional intelligence and innovation competency.
  2. Attend monthly online individual coaching sessions where we discuss the fellow's chosen innovation project and goals and design a plan to meet their specific needs. Our goal in these sessions is to pull out the inner innovator and entrepreneur and equip them with the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to infuse a culture of innovation in their education, research and practice. We also specifically address the mental health and well-being needs of the fellow.
  3. Complete monthly modules of content for the fellow to explore. On average, this consists of 3-4 hours per month of engagement. The fellow decides how shallowly or deeply they wish to go with the module content. The module content is provided as a starting point and is designed to enhance the group learning and individual experience.
  4. Participate in emotional intelligence development utilizing the EQ 2.0 assessment tool.
  5. Attend two in-person retreats in Columbus, Ohio at the beginning and end of the fellowship program (timing TBD).
  6. Receive 120 hours of CEUs and a certificate of completion.

Thanks to the availability of scholarships to support this program, the cost for the fellowship is $1,999 plus travel for two in-person retreats in Columbus.

All faculty – both 9- or 12-month appointments and research-, teaching- or practice-focused – and nurse leaders and administrators are eligible for the fellowship. Our application deadline for the 2022-23 cohort has closed; we will open the application for the 2023-34 cohort in spring/summer 2023.

Any questions can be directed to Dr. Taura Barr at

2022-23 Innovation Fellows

Bradley Chesham

Bradley Chesham
Queensland, Australia

Miriam Espinoza

Miriam Espinoza
Northern Arizona University College of Health and Human Services School of Nursing

Cristina Garinger

Cristina Garinger
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Lara Jaquemai

Lara Jaquemai
Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Michelle Litchman

Michelle Litchman
University of Utah College of Nursing

Uzo Nwankpa

Uzo Nwankpa
Samuel Merritt University

Oren Shtayermman

Oren Shtayermman
Chamberlain University