2015 Welcome and Keynote Speakers

Welcome Address: Janet Krejci PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Professor and Provost, Illinois State University

Dr. Janet Wessel Krejci is currently serving as Provost and has served as Dean of the Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University since August 2009. She received the following Nursing degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: BSN (1976), MSN (1981) and PhD (1992). 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. Besides her academic roles, Dr. Krejci has worked as a clinical nurse specialist and leadership consultant in both acute care and long term care. She served as Associate Dean and Coordinator of Graduate leadership programs at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI until she accepted the American Council on Education Leadership Fellowship in 2007, where she spent the academic year hosted by Arizona State University. Dr. Krejci also served on the faculty for the Amy V. Cockcroft Leadership Fellowship at the Center for Nursing Leadership at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Dr. Krejci was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow for the 2008-2011 cohort. During 2012, Dr. Krejci participated in Leadership America, the preeminent national women’s development program. She currently serves as a member of the Illinois Center for Nursing board, American Association of Colleges of Nursing Government Affairs Committee, Chair of Illinois Association of Colleges of Nursing (IACN), and on the Advocate BroMenn Governance Council.

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Keynote Address: Art Petty

Building Personal & Team High Performance One Encounter at a Time

It’s a fact of our professional lives that someone must choose us for success. As individuals, we do the heavy lifting every day, however, someone or some group ultimately makes a judgment call on how much they trust us to do more, invest more, and lead more. Our ability to cultivate power and influence in our organizations is essential to gaining recognition and earning that vote of trust. Our ability to support the development of high performance teams as either a key contributor or leader is the fastest path to building power and influence and gaining the trust of those who choose us for success.

During our time together, we’ll explore the key issues, challenges and soft-skills essential for building personal and team high performance, and we’ll dispel the idea that growing power and influence means compromising our personal values.

About Art Petty, Principal and Professional Development Instigator, Art Petty Group:

Art Petty is a senior software industry executive and popular graduate management educator, author and speaker, focused on the development of senior leaders and high performance senior management teams. In addition to serving as a senior vice-president for a Seattle-based software firm, Art teaches at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Art writes the Management Excellence blog and is author of two books on leadership: Practical Lessons in Leadership and Leadership Caffeine: Ideas to Energize Your Professional Development. His third book, Level-Up: Surviving and Thriving During Your Journey to Senior Management, is in process.