Kathleen (Katie) Brandert is deeply passionate about creating the conditions for all women, children, and families to lead healthy, dynamic lives. To get there, she believes we need great leaders who can build teams, negotiate the political landscape, and inspire the community to work collaboratively. Currently, she is working to foster the development of those leaders as Director of the Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute and as Manager of Workforce Development and Leadership Programs in the Office of Public Health Practice, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center.
From 2003 – 2012, Katie worked at CityMatCH, the national organization of urban maternal and child health leaders, serving as Acting Associate Director of Programs beginning in 2010. During her time there, she worked on a national level to build collaborative leaders, create fun, interactive learning environments, and offer innovation ahead of the curve to local MCH professionals. She worked on projects involving a host of public health issues including infant mortality, preconception health, undoing racism, health disparities, teen pregnancy, and more. Katie was part of the team that developed CityLeaders, a 6-month leadership program for emerging and mid-level MCH leaders, and over her tenure at the organzation, she led staff through the successful development and implementation of over five national conferences.
Katie has given numerous presentations to local, state and national audiences on topics including storytelling, life course theory, critical thinking, and understanding conflict styles. She has trained in leadership assessment instruments to include the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, the Firo-B, the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, Five Dysfunctions of a Team and more. Katie truly enjoys working with individuals and teams on their leadership development.
She is actively involved in her hometown of Omaha, NE as a member of two local Boards and an Adjunct Professor in Health Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Katie appreciates time with her family which includes her husband Corey, son Chandler and golden retriever, Brady May.
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