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College of Nursing

The Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Development Program

Program Curriculum and Dates

Cockcroft Schedule for the 2017 - 2018 Class

Please note, the arrangement of content may vary depending on faculty

Session I: March 22-24, 2017

Faculty: Jeanne U. Cavanaugh, Director of the Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Program 

  • 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 project 

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; 1 day- June 14, 2017

  • 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; 2 days- June 15-16, 2017

  • 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; 1.5 days -September 20-21, 2017

  •  How to face conflict with confidence

 Faculty: Jenny Maxwell, MS; 1.5 days -September 21-22, 2017 

  • 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; 1.5 days- January  10– 11, 2018

  • Project Management for a service or academic setting
  • Session Objectives: TBA

Faculty: Jenny Maxwell, MS; 1.5 days- January 11-12, 2018

  • Continued development of project presentations

Session V: March 21 - 23, 2018

 Faculty: Janet Wessel Krejci, PhD, RN, NEA-BC; 1 day -March 21, 2018 

  • 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;  1 day- March 22, 2018

  • Final planning for Fellows' Presentations

Annual Leadership Summit: Friday, March 23, 2018
Successful Leadership During Changing Times

  • Class of 2017-2018 Fellows project presentations
  • Class of 2017-2018 Graduation
  • Introduction of Class of 2018-2019 Amy V. Cockcroft Fellows

Keynote Presentation:

 Joan Shinkus Clark, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN

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


*Throughout the year, each fellow will plan and implement a project that supports the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) (recently renamed to the National Academy of Medicine) Future of Nursing Report, locally, statewide, and/or nationally that also includes a plan to disseminate the information to a larger audience (i.e., article, conference presentation, etc.).