Focusing Your Leadership and Management Lens-AFM (Virtual)

Laurel Westmoreland

  • Session 1
    September 17, 2020
    8:30 am - 12:30 pm EST
  • Session 2
    September 24, 2020
    8:30 am - 12:30 pm EST
  • Session 3
    October 1, 2020
    8:30 am - 12:30 pm EST

This series is comprised of three classes designed to invite participants to understand themselves as leaders, to enhance their individual leadership awareness, and to engage in the process of life-long leadership behaviors. Throughout the series, participants will be invited to consider empowering communication styles, aspects of collaborative teams and trust building, as well as developing a mindset that focuses on care of self and others in service of leading high-performing, productive teams. Team satisfaction and organizational impact go hand in hand. Leaders can make all the difference. Join us on this journey of focusing your leadership and management lens.

These classes are made possible with generous funding from:

With additional support from Community Foundation of Tampa Bay & Wells Fargo 


Session 1: Building Trust Through Effective Communication with Margarita Sarmiento

Virtual-September 17, 2020 8:30am-12:30pm

$288.00 Only $69.00 (when logged in) thanks to the support of our partners and funders

Effective communication across differences is essential to successful workplaces and communities. As our spaces become increasingly diverse, challenges arise along with opportunities. As leaders, we must make a conscious effort to come together, seek out those with different perspectives and experiences, and create safe spaces where people feel valued and heard.

In this course we will consider our own backgrounds and perspectives as compared to that of others. We will explore different communication styles and their potential strengths and weaknesses. Finally, we will discuss strategies we can implement to improve communication with team members and within our teams, thus increasing the opportunity for trust & understanding.

Participants will:

  • Identify the sources of their own perspectives
  • Explore their communication styles
  • Consider possible barriers to constructive communication
  • Understand how effective interpersonal communication impacts personal trust
  • Examine and practice strategies for having constructive dialogues


Session 2: Foundational Skills for Management with Margarita Sarmiento

Virtual-September 24, 2020 8:30am-12:30pm

$288.00 Only $69.00 (when logged in) thanks to the support of our partners and funders

Many managers struggle today, because the skills and processes that made them a great team player do not necessarily make a great supervisor. Training is a crucial part of excelling in a management or supervisory position.

Gallup’s research on employee engagement finds that 70% of employee disengagement is due to the manager. In fact, employees who respect their bosses have more energy, less stress, and fewer sick days. Whether you are a newly promoted supervisor or a supervisor with a new team, this foundational management skills seminar will help you develop and refine the skills essential to manage people more effectively.

What is the most important job of a manger? What is their primary challenge, and responsibility? In this training you will discover the answers to these questions, as well as exploring topics that are vital to developing effective management skills–helping you meet challenges with increased confidence, respect, and power.

In this workshop, participants will

  • Learn how to establish authority, boost credibility, and earn respect
  • Discover a four-step process for giving feedback and requesting behavior change
  • Develop a system for successfully setting priorities and managing interruptions
  • Learn the secret to building a team that values diversity and fosters inclusion


Session 3: Self Care:  Strategies to Replenish, Recharge & Reboot with Ellen Nastir

Virtual-October 1, 2020 8:30am-12:30pm

$288.00 Only $69.00 (when logged in) thanks to the support of our partners and funders

This is your chance to take a deeper dive into how you can best “put your own oxygen mask on first” in the sometimes harried and hectic world we live in.  Join us to learn strategies and tools that will help you create a personalized plan that makes sense for your lifestyle–both personally and professionally.

A necessary part of living your best life and understanding the reasons why self care includes self-compassion and self-awareness. Build your resiliency muscles and adapt to a new growth mindset meant to free you from old stories that no longer fit who you are.

This session with Ellen Nastir will provide the time, reflection, and skills needed to walk out with new habits/rituals meant to increase your overall well-being. Learn why it’s essential to take care of YOU in order to be the most efficient and productive at work, while living joyously at home and in connection with those you care about.

Make definitive plans that you will be able to easily incorporate in your day to day lifestyle, as well as additional ones that will possibly push your boundaries a bit more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In response to COVID-19, this series is being scheduled as a virtual training via Zoom.  Registrants will receive an e-mail with login instructions prior to class.

Please note that registration will close at 11:55 pm on September 14, 2020 for Session 1, September  21, 2020 for Session 2 and September 28, 2020 for Session 3.

CFRE Continuing Education Points
Full participation in this program is applicable for 4.0 NFRR points for each session.

If you need special accommodations to participate in any of our classes or events, please contact us at 813-287-8779.

Visit the Registration & Payment Policies page for answers to many questions regarding payment, attendance, substitutions, cancellation and refunds.

There may be photographing of the training for use in our marketing materials. If you do not wish to be captured on film, please alert staff when you check in for class. 

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Zoom details will be provided to registrants about one week prior to the training date.