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College of Nursing

The Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Development Program

Program Curriculum and Dates

Cockcroft Schedule for the 2018 - 2019 Class

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

Session I: March 21-23, 2018

Faculty: Jeanne Cavanaugh MN, RN, NEA-BC
  • Introduction and Orientation to the Amy V. Cockcroft Fellowship
  • Expectations of the program
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 23, 2018
  • Introduction of 2018-2019 Fellows

Session II: June 13-15, 2018

Faculty: Melinda (Noonan) Earle DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE 
  • Project Management for a Service or Academic Setting
Faculty: Jenny Maxwell, MS
  • Effective Presentations
Faculty: Betty Parker, CPLP Solutions
  • Successful Leadership through Greater Self-Awareness

 Session III: September 19-21, 2018

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 
Faculty: Janet Wessel Krejci, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  • Leadership Model and Differences Between Levels of Self Awareness
  • Historical Implications of Nursing as a Predominantly Female Profession and Oppressed Group Behaviors
  • Circle of Influence vs Circle of Concern
  • Systems Thinking Basics
  • Differentiation of Levels of Observation and Levels of Intervention
  • Consequences of Lack of Clarity of Goal
  • I Position Concept (Miller-Winstead Fry)
  • Case Studies and Reflection

Session IV: January 9-11, 2019  

Faculty: Jenny Maxwell, MS
  • TBA
Faculty: Betty Parker, CPLP Solutions
  • Conflict Management

Session V: March 27-29, 2019

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 29, 2019


  • Friday, March 29, 2019, Columbia Marriott, Columbia, SC 29201


Pam Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN  

President, American Nurses Association

  • The Center for Nursing Leadership's annual Leadership Summit is held in March and features state and national speakers discussing current and emerging issues in leadership, nursing, and healthcare. The Summit's morning session includes the graduation ceremony and leadership project presentations by the current class of Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Fellows.