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PSNA Star Leadership Institute

Event Details


Classes are:

  • October 21 and October 22, 2022 (Virtual)
  • April 20 (In-person Networking, Evening Event)
  • April 21 (In-person Presentations)

Registration Ends – October 1, 2022

Cost to Attend
$2,000 (PSNA Member)

$2,500 (Non-PSNA Member)

This includes:

  • 3-Day Hybrid Institute
  • 1 Overnight
  • Networking Event (evening before Day 3)
  • Parking, Day 3
  • Breakfast, Day 3
  • Lunch, Day 3
  • Breaks, Day 3
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Day 3 Location

Historic Hotel
437 Main Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018

Interested in mentoring a Star Leadership Institute participant?

Participants will receive 20.75 contact hours for completing the Star Leadership Institute.*

*Pennsylvania State Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Program Description

The PSNA Star Leadership Institute is a three-day hybrid leadership program. Attended by healthcare providers from across the state, the Institute teaches participants enhanced leadership competencies, the role of leadership within complex health systems, and the value of interprofessional and multidisciplinary collaboration.

The Institute provides:

  • An engaging and supportive learning environment
  • Subject matter experts to develop leadership skills
  • Opportunities to expand professional networks
  • Connections with senior-level professionals
  • A blend of interactive group exercises, reading, and self-actualization

Assessments & Projects

Participants will identify a real-world problem of interest to them and of value to their organization. This will be developed into a final presentation. The project will be worked on over a six-month period and will include: networking with professionals in the organization and community; developing a hypothesis; identifying necessary resources; collecting and analyzing data; and finding a result. The project will align with the organization’s strategic objectives.


I’m more engaged in evidence-based practice and leadership theory. I can effectively collaborate with healthcare professionals to share data and ideas to improve patient care. J. Teach, 2017-2018

The Institute helped me transition into my new leadership role. By biggest take-away was networking with healthcare peers. C. Duffy, 2017-2018

I’m utilizing the curriculum’s team-building skills in my new role as we focus on a culture of safety through effective teams. M. Klossner, 2017-2018


Lisa Dicker, JD – Advanced Negotiation

Lecturer, Harvard Law School
Clinical Instructor, Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP)

Along with her role as lecturer at Harvard Law School and clinical instructor in the HNMCP, Lisa consults with Triad Consulting Group and has taught for Harvard University’s negotiation’s executive education courses. Her workshops, coaching, and consulting services focus on a diverse range of clients and participants, including INSEAD, the New Hampshire Superior Court, Olympus, the Alabama Bankers Association, and the United States Institute of Peace. Lisa was counsel at a global pro bono law firm, in which she advised on conflict prevention, peace negotiations, transitional justice, and post-conflict democratic transitions. Lisa is a crisis counselor volunteer for Crisis Text Line.

Her published academic articles include topics on negotiation and dispute resolution in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, University of Memphis Law Review, and ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law. Publications also include short-form articles, case studies, and negotiation simulations on various platforms.

Lisa graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee with a BA in political science and Asian studies. She earned her JD from Harvard Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review.

Linda Brain Beck, MEd – Dare to Disc

Managing Partner, Beck and Associates Consulting Group

Linda has a varied career history that allows her to move between academic and corporate worlds. She holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Millersville University and a master’s degree in psychoeducational processes from Temple University.

In business, she coordinated a management training program and other soft skill training courses for a large, regional healthcare insurer. Since leaving the corporate world, she has been employed as an adjunct faculty member at several central Pennsylvania colleges. She has specialized in communications classes, including public speaking, business writing, and small-group communication at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s levels. Linda has won several awards for excellence in teaching.

Linda’s current interests lie in social media fact checking, civility, and depolarization. As a result, she has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and participate in a panel discussion on WITF’s “Smart Talk.” She was also selected to present at TEDx Harrisburg in 2017 and, most recently, was the 2019 HACC commencement speaker.

She is a moderator and co-director of the national Ambassador program for Braver Angels, an organization dedicated to depolarization in the United States.

Wendy Arnott - Crucial Conversations

Master Trainer, VitalSmarts – Crucial Conversations

An international consultant and thought leader in culture change, Wendy is set apart by her ability to integrate her varied professional experiences into training and the Crucial Learning materials, adding value for the participants. She has helped design and develop large organizational cultural change, impacting over 10,000 employees.

Wendy inspires change by meeting people where they are and helping participants elevate their current practice. She does this in a way that is knowledgeable, safe, and fun. Participants experience the sense that they are adding to the knowledge they brought to the training so they can make their next improvement. She is comfortable doing this with all manner of audiences, across industries, and among every level of responsibility. She takes concerns seriously and holds them lightly as she partners with people to find sound, workable, and practical behavioral improvements through training or in speeches/presentations.

Susan Rux, PhD, MSN, RN, PHN, ACNS-BC, CHEP, CNE, CPCC, CPRW, LNCC, NEA-BC, OCN, PNAP - Building Teams that Bring Results

Founder and CEO of SR Strategic Solutions; Fox Chase Cancer Center, Director of Professional Development and Practice Innovation

With over 25 years’ experience in the healthcare field, Dr. Susan Rux holds the primary assumption when teaching that each nursing student has the same desire to be a nurse that she does. She has a love for humanity that is shown in her deep concern for her patients and their families, as well as students and her team.

Through her commitment to diversity, inclusiveness, and excellence within the professional nursing environment, she brings a global perspective by embracing cultural diversity and thinking beyond the immediate environment and sphere of influence. Dr. Rux has built an inclusive, well-rounded team by encouraging perspectives and experiences. As an executive academic leader, she is open to varying ideas and easily overcomes cultural barriers with enthusiasm, patience, and adaptability. She is a people and team leader – getting the best out of people and effectively coaching, empowering, and setting a challenging climate for growth. Additionally, her leadership creates strong followership. She sets high standards and holds people accountable. Dr. Rux fosters ownership and commitment to goals by aligning the team’s views to the vision.

Her philosophy of teaching is strongly linked with her philosophy of nursing. As a nursing educator and administrator, her mind has blended the two. She considers the teaching and leading roles to be an extension of her nursing practice. Rux stated, “Being a nurse is a strong core of my existence. I value the human experience and care for others in the manner that I want others to care for my loved ones. It is through this practice that I teach others the same basics of nursing principles.”

Dr. Rux has most recently held roles as dean of academic affairs and clinical nurse specialist. Previous professional roles have included chief nursing officer – consultant/strategic advisor, program director of nursing, associate professor, and nursing education consultant. She has extensive experience in preparing the nursing program for programmatic and regional accreditation/re-accreditation.

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Participant Requirements

  • Complete an application for admission
  • Be committed and able to participate in the entirety of the program
  • Have full support of their organizational leadership

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