Kathleen (Katie) Brandert is deeply passionate about creating the conditions for all people 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 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. During her time there, she worked on a national level to build collaborative leaders, create fun, interactive learning environments, and offer technical assistance 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 organization, 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 is trained in leadership assessment instruments to include the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, The Leadership Circle 360 Assessment, the Intercultural Development Inventory, and more. She truly enjoys working with individuals and teams on their leadership development.
Katie is actively involved in her hometown of Omaha, NE as an advocate for women’s health and health equity. She also keeps happily busy as wife to Corey and mom to four boys.
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