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Keynote Speaker at Viana McCown Lectureship: Phyllis Beck Kritek, RN, PhD, FAAN


A nationally and internationally known nurse scholar and writer, Phyllis Beck Kritek is sought as a speaker and consultant on conflict resolution, organizational development, leadership development, gender and diversity communications, generational relationships, and globalization. She is noted for her unique ability to create conceptual maps that assist individuals and groups in grappling with challenges and dilemmas.

Dr. Kritek began her clinical career in mental health nursing and extended to include a variety of academic and professional leadership roles. During her years as an academic she held numerous distinguished positions including: Dean of Nursing at Marquette University, founding director of the Doctoral Program in Nursing and Director of the Center for Nursing Research at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and Florence Thelma Hall Distinguished Professorship in Nursing and founding director of the doctoral program at the University of Texas School of Nursing at Galveston.
She was a recipient of the Distinguished Nurse Alumna Award, University of Illinois College of Nursing in 2000 and is a past recipient of a Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship. Long recognized for her leadership in the national nursing community, Dr. Kritek is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and a member of several professional organizations where she has served in a variety of professional leadership roles. Dr. Kritek is published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and books. She has served on the editorial board of several nursing journals and was the Editor of Nursing Forum from 1989-1992.

Her involvement in international work has been as a consultant, educator, and group facilitator, providing services to health care communities in Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Australia, China and India.

Dr. Kritek created the sole proprietorship "courage" in 2003. Services provided by "courage" were designed from the distinct perspective articulated in Dr. Kritek's book "Negotiating at an Uneven Table: Developing Moral Courage in Resolving Our Conflicts".

For more information download the Viana McCown Lecturship Flyer HERE.



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