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Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Fellowship

The Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Fellowship is a creative endeavor that prepares accomplished nurses for innovative healthcare leadership in the 21st century.

Since 1994, the Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Fellowship has provided opportunities for passionate healthcare professionals to expand their leadership capacity. The Fellowship prepares nurse leaders to meet the urgent demands of today's healthcare environment. This progressive leadership Fellowship will equip you to lead and navigate complex organizations, academic institutions, and additional community settings.

Advance Your Leadership

The Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Fellowship will provide you with proven skills, strategies, and techniques for success as a healthcare leader. This visionary Fellowship equips you with a critical foundation for leading through periods of change, building partnerships and circles of influence, and forging collaborations. The Fellowship will help you develop competencies in organizational communications, applying systems concepts, resolving and negotiating conflict, and developing alternative models of leading, managing, and following, in lateral versus hierarchical systems. Individual and group coaching throughout the Fellowship will prepare you for the challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities of advanced leadership positions in practice and academia.

During the Fellowship, participants will: 

  • Expand boundaries of leadership through self-awareness, circles of influence, and visionary strategic thinking.
  • Leverage work at a higher level using systems-thinking concepts with highly effective organizational and personal communications.
  • Resolve and negotiate conflicts with mastered communication skills and self-reflection.
  • Challenge traditional linear thinking to lead successfully in today's global, complex, and evolving healthcare environment.
  • Plan and implement a project that illustrates the application of acquired leadership.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Deupree earned her PhD in Health Promotion/Health Behavior in 2011 via a joint program from the Schools of Public Health and Health Education at UAB, Birmingham, Alabama and the School of Human Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Previously, she earned her BSN (’94), MSN in Women’s Health (’96) and a Post-Master’s Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner (’97) at the UAB School of Nursing.

In 2014 she was selected as one of 20 nurses nationwide for the highly competitive prestigious three-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program.  Due to her expertise as a nurse leader in the field of health literacy, she has served as an appointee to numerous governmental, institutional and organizational boards.

Dr. Janet Wessel Krejci is the dean and professor of the College of Nursing at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

She has numerous publications and funded research grants in the areas of leadership, recruitment and retention, work climate, workforce diversity and change in both acute care and long-term care. She has consulted and presented workshops, courses and keynote addresses on Systems Thinking, Leadership, Change, Conflict and Nursing Excellence to help leaders be more effective, efficient and satisfied in their roles.

Jerry Mansfield is the chief nursing officer for Mount Carmel Health System and associate dean for Leadership and Clinical Practice at the Mount Carmel College of Nursing.

Jerry has worked in healthcare for more than 35 years—from staff nurse roles in orthopedics and critical care to nurse executive roles in ambulatory services and at hospitals in both central Ohio and South Carolina. Jerry is a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow and board-certified Nurse Executive Advanced from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Jerry serves on two national board/councils: the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (2018 to present) and Co-Chair, the Nurse Executive Council, The Beryl Institute.

Jenny Maxwell is faculty at The Buckley School of Public Speaking.

She has 30 years of professional experience, writing, producing media and presenting workshops and classes. She has coached political leaders and top executives from around the world, helping them hone presentation skills.  She also teaches writing seminars, presents at national conferences and has facilitated multi-day workshops for clients including General Electric, the University of South Carolina, and the National Advocacy Center.

Betty Parker is the owner of Sharper Development Solutions, Inc., a training and development company.

She is a professional speaker, author, and trainer. She provides engaging presentations and training to corporations and individuals who have a desire to grow professionally and personally. She is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) through the Association for Talent Development and a Certified Professional Coach.

Elise Partin is a nonpartisan leader who holds the distinction of being the first female to serve in the office of Mayor in Cayce, South Carolina.

A leader on numerous boards including the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities, she is known as a devoted servant-leader who builds consensus, activates innovations and accomplishes the unimaginable -- fundamentally transforming her city's livability, making it a low-cost high-quality place to live, work and play.  Outside of her mayoral duties, Elise Partin is an Adjunct Faculty member in the School of Public Health, Honors College, and Political Science Department of the University of South Carolina. Elise is a popular speaker and is passionate about helping others find their voice, set and achieve their goals and gain leadership skills.  She creates customized trainings that empower leaders and their teams to successfully express ideas and gain influence through effective oral and persuasive communication including managing crises, drawing from her extensive real-world experience.

Penie Peralta is the retired Vice President of Nursing  at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, S.C. 

She has served in management positions since 1984 and as the Senior Nurse Executive / Chief Nursing Officer since 1995. Career highlights included the design, construction, and relocation of Bon-Secours St. Francis Hospital to its new West Ashley campus in 1996. Pennie led the hospital to 3 consecutive Magnet designations, with the first being in August of 2010. At the regional and state levels, Pennie's efforts were focused on improving the work environment for nursing, increasing the supply of nurses, addressing nursing faculty shortages, and promoting recognition for exceptional nursing practice.

Jeanne U. Cavanaugh is the Director of Clinical Partnerships and Director of the Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Fellowship with the University of South Carolina College of Nursing.

She is certified as a Nurse Executive Advanced by the ANCC. Jeanne earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Nursing from the University of South Carolina.  Jeanne held a Director of Nursing position for Palmetto Health in Columbia, SC for thirty years of her career. During her thirty years in nursing leadership roles, she led a variety of service areas, including Oncology Services and Emergency Services within a large health system. Jeanne has served as President of several nursing organizations and Boards during her professional career, including Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Xi Chapter, the South Organization of Nurse Leaders, and the USC College of Nursing Partnership Board. Jeanne currently serves on the Prisma Health - Midlands Board of Directors. She was awarded the 2010 Palmetto Gold Award as one of the top 100 nurses in South Carolina and the Blanch Urey Award for Chapter Service in 2006 from the Alpha Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Jeanne continues her memberships in Sigma Theta Tau International and South Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders. Jeanne’s passion is supporting healthcare leaders to drive quality, compassionate patient-centered care through leadership, practice, education and research.

 


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