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College of Nursing

The Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Development Program

Program Curriculum and Dates

Cockcroft Schedule for the 2019 - 2020 Class

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

Session I: March 27, 28, and 29, 2019

  • Introduction and Orientation to the Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Fellowship
  • Expectations of the Fellowship
  • Introduction to the Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Assessment Tools and directions
  • (DISC, 360, etc.)
  • 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
  • Introduction of 2018-2019 Fellows

Session II: June 12-14, 2019

  • Effective Presentations
  • Successful Leadership through Greater Self-Awareness

 Session III: September 25-27, 2019

  • 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 
  • 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 15-17, 2020

  • Project Presentation First Look, Tune Ups, Feedback and Revisions
  • Impact of the Center for Nursing Leadership
  • Conflict Management

Session V: March 18-20, 2020

  • 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
  • Final planning for Fellows' Presentations
  • The 2020 Annual Leadership Summit is Friday, March 20, 2020 
  • Location: TBD


  • The Center for Nursing Leadership's Annual Leadership Summit is held annually, and features state and national speakers discussing current and emerging issues in leadership, nursing, and healthcare. The Summit is a full day conference and includes a graduation and awards ceremony and leadership presentations by the graduating class of the Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Fellowship.

    Attendees include: Nurse leaders from a variety of settings, Deans and Directors, Nursing faculty, staff, alumni, students, current Amy V. Cockcroft Fellows and Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Fellowship alumni.

2020 Event Details