UW School of Nursing

October 5, 2022

The Nursing Leadership Sprint 2: Personal Strategies to Become an Intentional and Influential Leader

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Date: February 27 – March 15, 2023
Format/Location: Virtual Course

Next steps for your leadership journey start here! This is the second in our series of online leadership sprints, each one focusing on different topics. In this second sprint, you’ll discover personal and practical strategies to help you become a more intentional and influential leader. No need to have participated in the first sprint, but we certainly welcome all those who did!

  • Want to be a more mindful leader? Learn more about understanding bias and being an empathetic leader!
  • In a new leadership role? Discover leadership styles and developing a professional image!
  • Want to increase your influence at work? Explore how emotional intelligence can influence positive outcomes!
  • Want advice you can implement right away? Discover the latest effective and research-based leadership practices!
  • Interested in something with a long-lasting impact? You’ll create an action plan that you can use right away!

Your Instructors

Amy Howells, PhD, ARNP, CPNP-AC-PC

Dr. Amy Howells is an Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing, teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She also works in the pediatric intensive care unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She specializes in pediatric nursing, bioethics, and leadership. She is a sought after speaker for her expertise in leadership, communication, and professional identity focusing on emotional intelligence as a core concept.


Andrew Hafenbrack, PhD

Dr. Andrew Hafenbrack is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organization and an Evert McCabe Endowed Fellow at the UW Foster School of Business, one of the top ten business schools in the country. His research on the costs and benefits of mindfulness and culture has been published in leading psychology and business journals and in publications like The New York Times, Harvard Business Review and Forbes. He has been interviewed by CBS, BBC and other organizations. He also notes that his mother and grandmother were nurses. He will be presenting a guest lecture on mindfulness, stress, emotion, and interpersonal collaboration.

Topics Covered

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Effective leadership habits
  • Intentional goal setting
  • Mindful leadership including practicing empathy and understanding world views
  • Conflict resolution
  • Developing a professional image
  • Understanding your leadership style
  • And more!

Sprint Description

The sprint has been designed for busy healthcare professionals and is learner-centered to promote personal and professional empowerment. The core of the sprint runs from February 27 to March 15, though there will be an orientation session available before then. The sprint consists of:

  • Self-paced modules where you work through materials and resources to reflect on how best to implement what you’re learning
  • Live, streaming presentations. The keynote presentations will be recorded for later viewing.
  • Facilitated discussions with your peers
  • The development of an action plan which you can implement at work, adapt personally or use for career advancement

Sprint facilitators will be available throughout to orient you to the sprint and help you be successful. Participants will also have the opportunity to earn a LinkedIn badge in addition to 17 contact hours.

Program Schedule

February 23: Welcome Module

February 23: Sprint Orientation on Zoom (optional)

February 27: On-Demand Module 1

March 1: On-Demand Module 2

March 1: Live streaming presentation

March 3: On-Demand Module 3

March 6: On-Demand Module 4

March 7: Live Interactive Workshop

March 9: Live Streaming Guest Lecture

March 10: Action Plan Workshop (optional)

March 14: Live Streaming Presentation

March 15: Action Plan Due and end of sprint

All live presentations will be recorded for later viewing