Ep 16-Dr. Karren Kowalski, nationally recognized thought leader in nursing & health care delivery, Building My Legacy with Lois Sonstegard

Welcome to Episode 16 of Building My Legacy.

In this episode, Dr. Karren Kowalski talks about her vision for leadership in health care.  From her earliest beginnings as an Army nurse in Vietnam to managing women’s and children’s services, she has spent a great deal of time thinking about how do develop and prepare the next generation for leadership.  Karren discusses the role of mentors to guide and direct career development early in life and the importance of coaching as one advances and grows professionally.

So, if you want to know:

  • Why do leaders want to build and leave a legacy? Karren will share why this is important for her.
  • Essential personal tasks you need to complete before building a legacy
  • What are essential tools for great leadership and legacy building?
  • What process does Karren use?
  • How does Karren assess and measure success?

…Karren  provides incredible insight.

In this Podcast we will discuss:

  • Karren Kowalski will share how she started her career and moved to building her career.
  • The process Karren uses.
  • The challenges Karren has faced as she has developed herself as a leader and legacy builder
  • The one thing for which Karren is grateful and that has shaped her life.

About Dr. Karren Kowalski

Dr. Karren Mundell Kowalski graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.  She was the first nurse from Indiana to receive a guaranteed assignment to Vietnam as a member of the US Army Nurse Corps.  She has a Master’s degree and a PhD from the University of Colorado and currently serves as the President & CEO of Kowalski & Associates.  She served as the President and CEO of the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, the nursing workforce center for Colorado.

She has served as Lead Project Director on more than a dozen grants, three of which focused on leadership.  She has written a graduate text on leadership as well as 5 other nursing textbooks. She has written more than 70 articles for referred nursing journals. In 2010 she received the Colorado Florence Nightingale Award for Nursing Excellence. She was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Women of America and is a charter member of the Colorado Nurses Association Hall of Fame.

She was elected to the American Academy of Nursing in 1981 and as a Fellow of the Academy of Nurse Educators in 2015. In 2014 she was selected from the 30,000 graduates as one of the Top 100 Alumni Legacy Leaders for the 100th Anniversary of Indiana University School of Nursing.

About Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned the passion successful leaders have to leave a meaningful legacy.  Leaders often ask: When does one begin to think about legacy?  Is there a “best” approach?  Is there a process or steps one should follow?

Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to help them build a meaningful legacy. Learn More about how Lois can help your organization with Leadership Consulting and Executive Coaching: https://build2morrow.com/

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Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned the passion successful leaders have to leave a meaningful legacy. Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to help them build a meaningful legacy.

Mike Saunders, MBA

Mike Saunders is theAuthority Positioning Coach at Marketing Huddle, the author of Amazon Bestselling book Authority Selling™, Adjunct Marketing Professor at several Universities, contributor to The Huffington Post, and member of the Forbes Coaches Council – an invitation-only community for the World’s Most Influential Business Coaches.
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