Nursing informatics leaders keep the people, families and communities at the center as they lead the transformation of healthcare in the digital age. We are delighted to welcome you to this informatics leadership specialization from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. I am Connie White Delaney, dean of the school of nursing at the University of Minnesota. In this specialization, we address the needs nursing informatics leaders have to address their leadership skills and informatics competencies. All of which are required to optimize health care outcomes through interpersonal leadership in today's complex technical health care context. Our doctorate of nursing practice, DNP program Includes the specialty in nursing informatics. The DNP program has the largest enrollment of any resident program in the United States. We also offer a PhD doctoral program and post-baccalaureate certificate in nursing informatics. Our nursing informatics specialty is consistently ranked second in the nation by US News & World Report. Our center for nursing informatics faculty have the expertise in data driven research and are known nationally and internationally for their contributions and leadership. We convene and lead collaboration in nursing informatics, including the Big Data Science Nursing Knowledge Conference, which is held annually in Minnesota. And we lead research networks such as the Omaha System Partnership. We are one of the earliest partners and the only school of nursing engaged in Optum Labs. This is a powerful partnership engaging experts across diverse industries and fields to facilitate research programs, develop data driven applications, and innovate with new technologies and more to solve complex problems in health care. A rich highly curated data set of over 200 million deidentified lives, containing linked data from administrative claims, medical records and self-reported health information gives real world insights on individuals complete health experience. The specialization consists of five courses through which nurses and interprofessional healthcare clinicians and educators will learn principles of nursing informatics leadership in clinical and academic settings. They will apply their learning to real world scenarios in practice and training education environments. The courses are offered in sequence, beginning with Skills for Nursing Informatics Leaders. In the following slides, I will describe the specialization's objectives in each of the five courses. The objectives are to understand the history and development of nursing informatics leadership. To appreciate today's leadership challenges, to gain self knowledge of one's own nursing informatic leadership skills. To influence the future of nursing informatics specialty. To describe principles of nursing informatics leadership and their applications in diverse settings. To gain appreciation of tailoring leadership skills to optimize outcomes. And to apply nursing informatics leadership skills in interprofessional teams to understand stakeholder perspectives, as well as opportunities to promote collaboration and achieve mutual goals. In the first course, Nursing Informatics Leadership, the who, what, when, where, and why taught by Dr. Karen Monsen, we introduce the nursing informatics leadership essentials and skills that will guide you through your studies as you learn to apply leadership principles to the nursing informatics specialty. In the second course, Nursing Informatics Leaders, taught by Dr. Bonnie Westra, we examine the history of nursing informatics leadership, through the stories of nursing informatics pioneers. This was a project of the nursing workgroup of the American Medical Informatics Association. In the third course, Nursing Informatics Leadership Theory and Practice, taught by Dr. Daniel Pesut studies the theoretical foundations of informatics and leadership. This begins with articulating nursing informatics values and mission statements and concludes with exercises in futures literacy. In the fourth course, Nursing Informatics Leadership Training and Education taught by Dr. Monsen, students develop and apply nursing informatics leadership skills in training and education settings to incorporate hands-on database learning across the knowledge complexity continuum and optimize program and student outcomes. In the fifth course, Interprofessional Informatics Leadership also taught by Dr. Monsen, we expand our focus from nursing to interprofessional informatics leadership. Students examine models for interprofessional collaboration and teamwork, practice communication techniques to promote effective interaction, and envision futures literacy in interprofessional informatics scenarios. This course will be most meaningful to you if you have a background or experience in nursing or health informatics, in industry, clinical and/or educational context. While not a prerequisite for this specialization, you might enjoy exploring Dr. Monsen's Coursera course on Interprofessional Healthcare Informatics. We welcome each of you from Minnesota, at the heart of the USA.