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2019 Spring Executive Development Series Presentations

Creating and Advancing a Vision that Works
Engaging your faculty and staff to imagine a future that will inspire action is the most challenging yet gratifying responsibility of an academic leader. A clear and galvanizing vision becomes the touch point for a purposeful journey into the future, creating progressive curricula, recruiting and developing faculty, and preparing students to lead, shape and enrich the healthcare industry. Drawing from her deanships in four academic institutions, the speaker describes her journey in helping her teams to think big, think different, think ahead and think courageously while remaining steadfast to the enduring goals of the nursing profession.
Speaker: Melanie Dreher, PhD, RN, Dean Emeritus, College of Nursing, Rush University, Chicago, IL

Developing Your Leadership Team: Who Should be at the Table?
Whether you are new to an organization or whether you have had a team that has been operational for a period of time, who is represented at the table is critical. The skill set, the personalities, the commitment to the institution, and the ability to embrace change are all critical elements that must be considered. New roles are emerging in the changing landscape of both academia and health care and an increased expertise and familiarity with entrepreneurial models is being embraced. Dr. Mundt, having served in three successful deanships, offers insights on building the team to achieve the vision.
Speakers: Mary Mundt, PhD, RN, Dean Emeritus, College of Nursing, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Managing Risk
Risk management in higher education administration is becoming increasingly important. Managing risk and uncertainty is one aspect of leadership. How do you predict, estimate and mitigate risk? How do you assess risk prior to initiating change or to move an initiative or policy forward? Come hear an experienced Dean speak to varied aspects of risk and risk assessment strategies that can be of practical assistance in your leadership role.
Speakers: Stephen J. Cavanagh, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA

Panel Discussion
Obstacles, Challenges and Barriers: Going around, Plowing Through or Rising Above
This facilitated panel discussion focuses on some lessons learned, and some common challenges in leadership. A significant portion of this session will allow for questions from the audience.
Panelists: Sarah E. Shannon, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT; Timothy Gaspar, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH; and Doreen C Harper, PhD, RN, Dean, Professor and Fay B Ireland Endowed Chair in Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Facilitator: Susan Dean-Baar, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Negotiating for Key Resources to Implement the Vision
Resources are needed from a variety of sources in order to effectively implement the vision. Where do you go to secure resources? And once you identify the who, how do you proceed with the ask? Skills are needed to locate money, personnel, space, and equipment. Negotiation skills and other factors that can be managed will then move you closer to your goal.
Speaker: Suzanne Prevost, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, Capstone College of Nursing, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Effectively Implementing the Vision in the Interprofessional Milieu of Higher Education
Numerous national consensus papers state that the best health care is that which is delivered by an interprofessional team. In light of your college’s vision, working across disciplines at the intersection of academia and interprofessionalism is both necessary and forward thinking. Come hear the perspective of another health care profession’s journey, as well as strategies to enhance success.
Speaker: Darla Spence Coffey, President and CEO of the Council on Social Work Education, Alexandria, VA