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The Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Development Program

Program Curriculum and Dates

Cockcroft Schedule for the 2017 - 2018 Class

(The arrangement of content may vary depending on faculty).

Session I: March 22-24, 2017

Faculty: Jeanne Cavanaugh MN, RN, NEA-BC
  • Introduction and Orientation to the Amy V. Cockcroft Fellowship
  • Expectations of the program
Faculty: Jenny Maxwell, MS
  • Envisioning an impactful project – first steps of preparation
  • Criteria for the projec
Faculty: Betty Parker, CPLP
  • Introduction to the Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Assessment Tools and directions
  • (DISC, 360, etc.)
Faculty: Jerry Mansfield, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  • Transformational leadership and innovation in healthcare
  • Professional and personal qualities of a leader, what does it take?
  • Developing self-awareness as a leader
  • Making the best use of the fellowship program
Annual Leadership Summit: Friday, March 24, 2017
  • Introduction of 2017-2018 Fellows

Session II: June 14-16, 2017

Faculty: Betty Parker, CPLP
  • DiSC
  • Discovery and self-awareness of own leadership style and talents
  • Strategies to best use your talents and strengths
  • Building successful teams
Faculty: Janet Wessel Krejci PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  • Systems Thinking
  • Circle of Influence
  • Complexity Science, changing from linear thinking to a system approach
  • Using strengths and leadership qualities to navigate complex systems
  • Self-awareness of how we approach conflict and conflict resolution

 Session III: September 20, 22, 2017

Faculty: Betty Parker, CPLP
  •  How to face conflict with confidence
Faculty: Jenny Maxwell, MS
  • Preparing and delivering presentations for impact and success
  • Delivering a compelling opening, transition, and conclusion
  • How to handle challenging questions
  • Adapting to different audiences and purposes of presentation
  • Practicing presentations with feedback provided
  • Planning for options for delivery of project on a larger scale  

Session IV: January 10-12, 2018  

Faculty: Melinda Earle, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE
  • Project Management for a service or academic setting
  • Session Objectives: TBA
Faculty: Jenny Maxwell, MS
  • Continued development of project presentations

Session V: March 21-23, 2018

Faculty: Janet Wessel Krejci, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  • Bringing it all together
  • Mental models how they influence the frame of systems analysis
  • Achieving higher leverage with leadership
  • Strategies for dealing with conflict within teams, committees, etc.
  • Building successful collaborative interdisciplinary teams
Faculty: Jenny Maxwell, MS
  • Final planning for Fellows' Presentations
Annual Leadership Summit: Friday, March 23, 2018

Successful Leadership during Changing Times

Keynote:  Joan Clark, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN  

Immediate Past President, American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)
Executive Vice President, Texas Health Resources Chief Nurse Executive

Panel: Strategically Improving Quality with Interdisciplinary Talent

Moderator:  Lara Hewitt, MPH, Vice President, Education and Member Services, SC Hospital Association


  • J. Lawrence Durstine, Ph.D Distinguished Professor, Department of Exercise Science, Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina and served as Past President of the American College of Sports Medicine.  
  • Gerald E Harmon, MD Chair, Board of Trustees, American Medical Association, and Vice President of Medical Affairs, Tidelands Health, Murrells Inlet, SC.
  • Gene Reeder, RPh, Ph.D Professor and Director of Outcomes Research, Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center, College of Pharmacy, University of South Carolina.
  • Marie G. Saleeby, RN, CNAA, Senior Vice President, McLeod Health