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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


Discussion Panel:

Strategically Improving Quality with Interdisciplinary Talent


1) Joan Clark, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN from Texas Health Senior Executive and Immediate Past President of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).

2) J. Larry Durstine, Ph.D from the Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health and served as Past President of the American College of Sports Medicine. 

3) Gerald E Harmon, MD from Tidelands Waccamaw Family Medicine and who serves currently as the American Medical Association (AMA) Board Chairman.

4) Gene Reeder, RPR, Ph.D from the College of Pharmacy; has served as Past President of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP).