Leadership Success Academy

Back By Popular Demand! Our signature nonprofit training program is back with three brand-new, interactive sessions. Register now!

The Leadership Success Academy (LSA) is our essential board training program that equips nonprofit leaders and board members with national best practices in all areas from governance and strategic planning to fundraising and financial management. Special thanks to our program sponsor, the Key West Marriott Beachside.

LSA has trained over 400 leaders from nonprofits throughout the Keys. The program is for anyone working with or serving in an advisory capacity with a nonprofit organization or other community group. The program is open to 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofits, membership or service/civic organizations, and government groups and coalitions. More than 100 Monroe County nonprofits have participated in the program. Even if your organization has participated in the past, you’ll want new members to sign up. Board leadership changes and this program is a great way to work effectively as a team.

2019 Leadership Success Academy

The three-session course will be held at the Faro Blanco Resort – Hyatt Place, 1996 Overseas Highway in Marathon.

Session One: Servant Leadership and Board/CEO Roles and Responsibilities — Thursday, February 28, 1:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Session Two: Strategic Planning and Financial Management — Thursday, March 14, 1:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Session Three: Fundraising and Communications — Thursday, March 28, 1:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Graduation and Reception — Thursday, March 28, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Family and friends are invited to join us for a graduation ceremony and refreshments. Participants who have attended all three sessions will be presented with a certificate of completion.

REGISTRATION: To register, please complete the online form below, including payment. The cost is $100 per person, which includes your reservation for all three sessions and all course materials. Please note: Due to limited seating capacity, reservations are not guaranteed until completed forms and payment are received. 

For more information or questions, please email Holly Allen or call 305-292-1502.

The Leadership Success Academy is an interactive, hands-on training program. Participants will develop essential leadership skills, change-management tactics and executive expertise in solving today’s nonprofit leadership challenges. What you can expect to learn from LSA?

  • Ensure maximum board engagement.
  • Equip your nonprofit to confront challenges. 
  • Safeguard your nonprofit’s financial future.
  • Enhance fundraising strategies beyond the “ask.”
  • And much more.

Returning to lead the 2019 LSA Program is nationally-known facilitator/presenter Debbie Mason. Debbie helped develop LSA and led the program for nearly 10 years.

As President of Strategists, Inc., Debbie Mason is passionate about guiding organizations to achieve greater results. Known as a keen strategist and “ideator” and an engaging facilitator and instructor, Debbie has helped hundreds of nonprofit, corporate and government clients with strategic planning, development, branding, marketing, organizational development and research services. Debbie works through a servant leadership lens and enjoys guiding teams to reach their greatest potential. Debbie is a licensed Psycho-Geometric™ trainer, an authorized partner and certified trainer of the DiSC® assessment tools, accredited facilitator of Patrick Lenconi’s Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ and a BoardSource trained facilitator. She currently resides in Healdsburg, California, where she continues her consulting practice and serves as CEO of a regional healthcare foundation. 

 “LSA was a phenomenal experience and should be required for all nonprofit directors in the Keys. Five Stars!” “

— Cale Smith, Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation board member and 2016 LSA Graduate

“LSA has been extremely beneficial in providing a solid starting foundation, especially because I have just started serving on a board for the first time. Immediately we were able to begin implementing the information to better structure our board.”

— Anthony Sibilly-Juarez, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Keys Area board member and 2015 LSA Graduate

“I came out of the Leadership Success Academy bursting with new ideas to improve our board. I’m sorry I didn’t have this information earlier when I served on other boards.”

— Roberta Isleib, Friends of the Key West Library board member and 2016 LSA Graduate

Check out all the photos from our last LSA class here.

2017 LSA Graduate Susan Reutling of Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

2017 LSA Graduate Susan Reutling of Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden


2017 LSA Graduate Yul Knighten of Florida Keys Performing and Visual Arts

2017 LSA Graduate Yul Knighten of Florida Keys Performing and Visual Arts

Below is the list of 2017 LSA graduates:

  • Teri Beard – Old Island Restoration Foundation
  • Julie Botteri – FKSPCA
  • James Burnett – Impromptu
  • Monica Castillo – Coldwell Banker Schmitt Charitable Foundation
  • Mark Certonio – Old Island Restoration Foundation
  • Nancy Chatelaine – FAVOR Florida Keys
  • Ed Cunningham – Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
  • Bonnie Greenberg – Florida Keys Council of the Arts
  • Mary Beth Hurd – Community Foundation of the Florida Keys
  • Yul Knighten – Florida Keys Performing and Visual Arts
  • Rosa Lamela – The Mark Sorensen Youth Sailing Program
  • Arianna Nesbitt – Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition
  • Rachel Oropeza – Rotary Club of Key West
  • Rev. Rochelle Pearson-Major – Cornish Memorial AME Zion Church
  • Susan Reutling – Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
  • Veronica Stafford – Florida Keys Performing and Visual Arts
  • Tom Thayer – Waterfront Playhouse
  • Diane Weitz – United Way of the Florida Keys
  • Elizabeth Young – Florida Keys Council of the Arts
  • Kim Youngblood – Zonta Club of Marathon
  • Joanne Zimmerman – Marathon Yacht Club Educational Foundation