2020 Certificate in Leadership Cohort

Laurel Westmoreland

  • FBLC Series
    June 16, 2020
    8:30 am - 1:30 pm EST


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Welcome to the Certificate in Leadership, Cohort members! This program is designed to support you in your development as current and emerging nonprofit leaders. Through peer-based learning groups and group coaching calls the program will prepare you to effectively lead and manage in our dynamically changing sector while strengthening your organizations and our community.

The Certificate in Leadership consists of the following:

  • Five half-day training sessions facilitated by expert practitioners at the Nonprofit Leadership Center
  • Four, one-hour virtual group coaching sessions in between in-person training sessions (optional, but highly recommended)
  • Two follow-up classroom trainings of the participant’s choice at the Nonprofit Leadership Center
  • A 30-minute virtual follow-up coaching session with NLC’s Director of Strategic Programs, Charlie Imbergamo

Participants are required to attend all in-person training sessions held in the NLC training space so as to build cohesion within the cohort, and to receive a Certificate upon completion of the program. The process is collaborative, and participants will receive support from each other as well as the facilitators and NLC.



The 2020 Certificate in Leadership program, comprised of five, four-hour sessions over the course of eight weeks, will take place at the Nonprofit Leadership Center on the following Tuesdays June through August:

  1. Session 1: The Conscious Leader | Ellen Nastir, M. Ed., PCC | September 22, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.*

               * Session 1 is longer to provide for program orientation and cohort introductions.

  1. Session 2: The Emotionally Intelligent Leader | John Loblack, Ed. D. | October 6, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  2. Session 3: The Connected Leader | Margarita Sarmiento | October 20, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  3. Session 4: The Data-Driven Leader | Rebecca Watson, M. Ed., M.A.T. | November 10, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  4. Session 5 (final session): Leadership A Facilitated Conversation | November 17, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Please note that we are holding the following additional dates pending further postponement due to social distancing: August 17 and August 25.



More than 80% of the cost of this program for each participant is being generously subsidized by Florida Blue. The remaining cost of $400 is funded by your organization, and covers all in-person trainings, virtual group coaching sessions, one-on-one coaching session following the conclusion of the program, two follow-up classroom trainings at NLC, and materials.

Please complete your registration by Friday, April 24.



Ellen Nastir, M.Ed., PCC, BCC, CPCC is a Certified Professional co-active Coach with advanced training in Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching, Tension and Change Management, Appreciation at Work, and most currently obtaining certification in Positive Psychology for the Workplace. She received her coach training and certification from The Coaches Training Institute, the first ever to be recognized by The International Coach Federation. Her BA degree is from University of Florida, and her Masters was obtained from University of North Florida, both in Education.

Her extensive background includes teaching hearing-impaired children from birth through elementary school. She implemented and organized many educational workshops, training, and seminars for their parents.

Ellen has also been involved in a number of entrepreneurial ventures—from opening Tampa’s first bagel shop in 1981 to owning and operating a Wash-Dry-Fold Laundromat! She then focused her attention on a Sales career in marketing and promotional sales, earning her Salesperson of the Year Award for many years. Her success in those endeavors makes her a natural for coaching individuals and businesses.

Ellen is a trained PeopleMap Systems educator, a proven training and development system. She focuses on the “people side” of professional performance within the corporate structure. Her expertise is in the development of employees’ people skills to complement their technical skills and abilities, thus increasing productivity and retention, communication skills, problem-solving and conflict resolution. In 2010, she was selected to be a Trainer for new trainers.

Company retreats, seminars, workshops and Lunch& Learns have all proven to be well-received –with great results — long after the initial interaction occurred. She has also been a presenter for numerous organizations and associations. Her broad background allows her to easily connect with her audience. Her speaking engagements are known to be thought- provoking, interactive, and FUN!

Ellen is the co-author of When Divorce Crosses Your Mind…What You Need to Know. Her desire to help those in transition through the divorce process is the catalyst for reaching out to educate and inform others how to successfully navigate this unfamiliar terrain. She also contributed to the educational program Building a Successful Parenting Plan for Children, which is useful for helping parents co-operate in creating a system that will work for their individual family’s needs and circumstances.

Ellen also is involved in her local community. She is an Executive Coach for University of Tampa’s Leadership Coaching Program since 2004, offering pro-bono coaching to their MBA candidates. Ellen is an active member of the International Coach Federation, Frame Works and Mustang Sallies, and Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching Mastermind. In addition, she is a past Board Member of the Ophelia Project and the Boys Initiative and Tampa Jewish Family Services.

Ellen has become involved as Mission Chair for bringing the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation to the West Coast of Florida. Most recently, she was asked to serve on the FL Executive Board of Trustees, as well as becoming a Co-Facilitator for a Parent Support Group. She is extremely excited to engage and educate the community, while reaching out to those needing support for themselves or family members.

John Loblack, Ed. D. is an accomplished and change-oriented human development expert who draws upon his diverse background, training and experiences to encourage, motivate and inspire nonprofit leaders to drastically increase their individual and organizational value.

As a graduate from the school of “Hard Knocks,” John learned to appreciate the value of hard work and perseverance.

With his single mother as the “principal,” John understood at an early age that a sound education would be his ticket to a meaningful life.

When John shares with members of his audience, he marries the lessons from academia and from his professional experiences with those he learned on the streets of the small Caribbean Island, Dominica.

There, he was an accomplished soccer player — the Most Outstanding Player on the 1978 Caribbean Youth Soccer Championship team, Dominica. One year later, he led his local club side, Spartans, to its first premier league championship in 25 years.

Before moving to the United States in 1993, he was a news editor at the Dominica Broadcasting Corporation’s DBS Radio, a reporter with the Government Information Service, hosted a sports talk show, “On the Ball,” and was a sports correspondent for the Caribbean News Agency.

In the United States, he has experiences as an elementary school, middle school and high school teacher, a career college instructor, a university campus dean, and a learning and development specialist. John is NLC’s former director of strategic solutions and now consults and supports a variety of organizations.

John holds a doctoral degree in organizational leadership, a master’s degree in human resource management, an undergraduate degree in sociology, and a diploma in mass communication.

He is a Certified Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder-centered coach, a Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), a Certified Workplace Excellence Skills Facilitator, and a Motivation and Empowerment coach

Margarita Sarmiento designs and presents customized training and implementation programs for public, non-profit and for-profit organizations. These programs focus on improving both organizational and personal performance.

Margarita has over 25 years of management, training and facilitation experience, encompassing the areas of professional development, team building, leadership, organizational planning, board development, cross cultural communication and diversity. She has worked in corporate management and training with Progressive Companies, Busch Entertainment Corporation and the National Conference for Community & Justice- Tampa Bay, and has been called on to successfully consult and train in a variety of industries. Currently, Margarita serves as a trainer and consultant for numerous companies including the Pascall Company and Skill Path Seminars, as well as working as a personal management coach.

Margarita is a graduate of Florida State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. She currently calls Tampa, FL home.

Rebecca Watson is a master facilitator and development strategist with a passion for empowering emerging and established leaders. She currently serves as CEO of Limitless Leader Inc., an expert facilitation and leadership development firm.  For more than 17 years, Rebecca has made significant contributions to leadership capacity-building initiatives in Florida, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Texas and Tennessee.  Previously, Rebecca served as a principal with Chicago Public Schools where she specialized in school turnaround work. She led K-12 schools to achieve significant growth in academic performance and award-winning culture transformation.

Rebecca is also dedicated to serving her community. She is a board member of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties and YMCA of the Suncoast. Rebecca is also a graduate of Leadership Pinellas and is a member of its selection committee. She holds a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision, M.A.T. in Elementary Education and B.S. in Biological Sciences. Rebecca considers being the mother of her amazing son, Jaleel, to be her most important and rewarding role.

Charlie Imbergamo has more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, primarily serving in the education and pastoral ministry fields. Before joining Team NLC as the director of strategic programs in 2019, Charlie served as the founding president and CEO of Cristo Rey Tampa High School, a college prep high school and corporate work-study program for underserved youth. Charlie has served in various executive leadership roles and on various boards of directors in New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Florida.

Prior to his work in educational leadership, management, and fund development, Charlie was a teacher, coach, and youth minister with teens and young adults

A native of New York, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Spanish (with an equivalent major in Italian) from St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, New York, his master’s in Educational Leadership from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. He has been a CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) since 2012.

Charlie is an avid foodie and music and theater fan. He is proud to call Tampa Bay home and strives to live his college motto: “Esse Non Videri” – to be is not to seem to be. You can read more about Charlie here.


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