Rita K. Adeniran, DrNP, RN, CMAC, NEA-BC, FAAN

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  • 2012 Fellow
    Rita K. Adeniran

President and CEO

Innovative and Inclusive Global Solutions

Drexel Hill , PA



Dr. Rita K. Adeniran is the President and CEO of Innovative and Inclusive Global Solutions (IIGS), a consulting firm that specializes in helping healthcare organizations leverage the total capacity of their workforce for enhanced productivity and optimal patient outcomes. Previously, Dr. Adeniran served at Penn Medicine for 14+ years and most recently as the Director for Diversity and Inclusion for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, where she provided strategic leadership and direction for diversity, inclusion, and culturally competent care. As the Global Nurse Ambassador for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) for over a decade, Dr. Adeniran led the scalable Global Nurse program of the HUP to bring recognition to the organization as a leader in cultural competence education and inclusive practice environments, as well as becoming a global resource and clinical education center for nurses world-wide.  


Dr. Adeniran is nationally and globally recognized as a consultant, educator and author, as well as an engaging and effective speaker. Her area of expertise includes: diversity, inclusion, health and healthcare disparities, operationalization of cultural competence in clinical settings, and frontline leadership development in the context of inter-professional practice. She was appointed to the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows (RWJENF) Program for 2012-2015. The RWJENF prepares accomplished nurse leaders to undertake some of the most pressing healthcare problems threatening our nation. Dr. Adeniran’s appointment is in recognition of her many contributions and aspirations to improve the nation’s culture of health. Dr. Adeniran is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN); FAAN is the highest recognition for nurses making impactful contributions to nursing, health and healthcare!


Following her basic nursing education from Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, Dr. Adeniran earned her baccalaureate in nursing from Widener University. She holds a Master’s in Nursing Science and Health Care Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, through a joint program between the School of Nursing and Wharton Business School, and earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Drexel University, Philadelphia. She is certified as a licensed personal care home administrator, Advanced Case Manager Administrator (CMAC), and Board Certified Advanced Nurse Administrator (NEA, BC). Dr. Adeniran is experienced in several specialities of clincial nursing practice and  has served as a nurse manager, case-manager, onsite administrator of community and academic heathcare centers; a home healthcare administrator and consultant, as well as a diversity and cultural competence educator and consultant.


Dr. Adeniran holds memberships in numerous professional organizations including The American Nursing Association, The American Public Health Association, The American Organization of Nurse Executives, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery. She serves on various boards and committees, including Sigma Theta Tau International and the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools. She is a peer reviewer for a number of referred journals. In 2005, she received a grant to join the inaugural class of the Health Research Educational Trust Cultural Competence Leadership Fellowship. The fellowship enhanced her skills to help healthcare organizations to effectively and successfully develop and implement culturally competent programs.