Certificate in Leadership

The Certificate in Leadership is presented by the Nonprofit Leadership Center with generous support from Florida Blue.

About the Program

The Certificate in Leadership is a virtual 10-week program for nonprofit leaders who are new to managing programs or people (have been in their position for less than three years). Through peer-based learning groups, group coaching calls and one-on-one coaching, the program prepares current and emerging nonprofit leaders to effectively lead and manage in our dynamically changing sector while strengthening their organizations and our community.

The Certificate in Leadership consists of the following experiences:

  • Virtual orientation and meet-and-greet
  • Five virtual half-day training sessions (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) facilitated by expert practitioners in the Nonprofit Leadership Center’s virtual training room (Zoom)
  • Four virtual group coaching sessions (one hour each) in between each training session
  • A 30-minute virtual individual coaching session

All classes and content empower participants to develop skills in the following areas:

  • Self-reflection
  • Reflective writing
  • Critical thinking
  • Giving and receiving feedback

Upon receiving the Certificate in Leadership, nonprofit leaders will:

  • Understand themselves and how to manage their organizational responsibilities
  • Identify and improve their personal leadership capabilities and people management skills, while developing varying methods to overcome day-to-day obstacles
  • Understand their personal leadership style and develop a plan to enhance their skills
  • Respond authentically to the changes and challenges facing today’s nonprofit leaders
  • Present their leadership knowledge and aspirations at the conclusion of the program

“The Certificate in Leadership program helped with my self-awareness and confidence as a leader. The learning and coaching sessions each taught me something new about myself and my leadership style. I applied those lessons to challenge myself to grow as a leader.”

— 2020 Certificate Grad

Classes & Schedule

The 2021 Certificate in Leadership cohort, co-led by NLC’s Charlie Imbergamo, begins virtually with an orientation on April 20, 2021.

Here is the orientation and training session schedule:

  • Program Orientation — April 20, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. EST
  • Session 1: The Emotionally Intelligent Leader — April 27, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST
  • Session 2: The Conscious Leader — May 11, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST
  • Session 3: The Data-Driven Leader — June 8, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST
  • Session 4: The Connected Leader — June 22, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST
  • Final Session 5: Leadership: A Facilitated Conversation — June 29, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. EST

The program orientation and all training sessions are mandatory to complete the Certificate in Leadership.

Virtual group coaching will be offered between sessions to help participants build their confidence and skills, ensuring key concepts are both understood and practiced throughout the process and beyond. The right coaching brings leadership knowledge, accountability and experience, providing fresh insight to expand thinking and enhance performance.

The virtual group coaching dates are as follows:

  1. Group Coaching Session 1 — May 4, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. EST
  2. Group Coaching Session 2 — May 18, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. EST
  3. Group Coaching Session 4 — June 10, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. EST
  4. Group Coaching Session 3 — June 24, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. EST

Virtual group coaching sessions are optional, but recommended.

Training Session Details

Session 1: The Emotionally Intelligent Leader

April 27, 2021
Facilitated by Dr. John Loblack
Studies show that effective leadership is closely tied to emotional intelligence. Using a variety of highly engaging learning strategies, this session will help leaders internalize the five competencies of emotional intelligence (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management and motivation), identify the link between emotional intelligence and effective leadership, expand their communication skills, and learn how to apply emotional intelligence at work and in the world.

Session 2: The Conscious Leader

May 11, 2021
Facilitated by Ellen Nastir
Self-awareness and self-care are critical components of effective leadership. When you know your strengths and weaknesses, you can build upon them to maximize your effectiveness — at work and in life. Using the PeopleMap™ assessment, this session will empower leaders to focus on their Achilles’ heels — their areas for potential growth. Leaders will build an awareness of how different communication styles may unknowingly impact or trigger others, increase their understanding of others with intention, cultivate their leadership presence, and learn to identify team toxins and their antidotes. The strategies and exercises in this session will help prepare leaders to lead effectively.

Session 3: The Data-Driven Leader

June 8, 2021
Facilitated by Rebecca Watson
An organization’s success is largely influenced by the decisions of its leaders. Effective leaders make data-driven decisions that advance their organization’s mission and vision. This session will explore proven principles, practices and systems, including Data-Driven Decision Making (3DM), to help leaders listen to their data, make effective decisions and drive high-impact organizational performance. Leaders will learn how to apply 3DM principles in critical areas, including program evaluation, strategic planning and performance reviews, as well as how to develop a data-driven culture at work.

Session 4: The Connected Leader

June 22, 2021
Facilitated by Margarita Sarmiento
Recent demographic changes in our society have resulted in a workplace with rich racial, cultural and generational differences. Effective leaders must understand these differences and how to harness them to cultivate an effective team and organization. This session will help leaders increase their knowledge of changing demographics and the language of diversity, understand how preconceptions affect behavior, develop strategies for creating teams that are strengthened by their differences, and learn a proven strategy for addressing conflict and working through disagreements. Additionally, they will identify ways to build and maintain trusting relationships with, and between, team members.

Session 5: Leadership — A Facilitated Conversation

June 29, 2021
The final session of the Certificate in Leadership program invites leaders from across the community to participate in a facilitated conversation with Certificate participants, allowing participants the opportunity to hear different leadership perspectives, ask questions, further develop their knowledge and skills gained during the certificate program, and share next steps on their leadership journey. The session culminates in the awarding of the Certificate in Leadership.

Program Instructors

All classes in the Certificate in Leadership program are taught by experienced subject matter experts and practitioners at the Nonprofit Leadership Center. Meet our 2021 Nonprofit Leadership Certificate trainers and learn more about them here:

Charlie Imbergamo, CFRE

Charlie Imbergamo

Dr. John Loblack

Ellen Nastir

Margarita Sarmiento

Rebecca Watson

Program Cost

The Certificate in Leadership is made possible thanks to a generous grant from Florida Blue. The subsidized fee for participants is only $400. This fee includes all sessions and materials. Limited scholarship support may be available. Please contact info@nlctb.org for more information.

The Certificate in Leadership from the Nonprofit Leadership Center is made possible thanks to a generous grant from Florida Blue.

How to Apply

Acceptance into the Certificate in Leadership program is by application only and consists of the following steps and timeline:

  • Step 1: Organizations nominate leaders to participate (February 9-24, 2021) – NOMINATIONS NOW CLOSED
  • Step 2: Nominees are invited to complete an application (March 2-15, 2021) – APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED
  • Step 3: Certificate participants are selected (on or around March 22, 2021) – SELECTED PARTICIPANTS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED
  • Step 4: Certificate participants are announced (April 2021)

Step 1: Nominate a Leader in Your Organization

Nominations for the 2021 Certificate in Leadership are now closed. Thank you to all nominators! Selected nominees will be invited to apply.

Candidates must …

  • Be new to their position (three years or less) in managing people or programs. Examples include a CEO or executive director who has just joined an organization, a first-time manager who is learning how to effectively lead others or a professional who is new to overseeing a program or department.
  • Commit to attending all sessions on the published dates.
  • Have the support from executive staff and senior leaders to attend, practice and implement what they’re learning through the program.

Step 2: Nominees Complete an Application

After nomination, nominees are invited to complete an application for the Certificate in Leadership program.

Step 3: Candidate Selection and Announcement

Applications are reviewed by a selection committee representing leaders from the Nonprofit Leadership Center and Florida Blue.

For More Information

If you have questions about the new Certificate in Leadership offered by the Nonprofit Leadership Center in partnership with Florida Blue, contact info@nlctb.org or call 813-287-8779.