Leadership Success Academy


LSA is our signature nonprofit training program for anyone working with or serving in an advisory capacity with a nonprofit organization or other community group. The program has been revised for 2017 with a new format…new presenters…and a new location. Get ready for LSA 2.0!

Session 1: Nonprofit Leadership in Action
Thursday, March 23, 1 to 5 p.m.
     Increase your effectiveness and leadership skills to improve your organization’s success.

Session 2: Strategic Planning and Governance
Wednesday, April 26, 1 to 5 p.m.
     Develop practices that promote healthy decision-making, change-management and real-world          measurable goals.

Session 3: Nonprofit Financing, Fundraising and Public Relations
Wednesday, May 24, 1 to 6 p.m. (includes graduation)
      Integrate new tactics for developing resources and solving leadership challenges.

Where: All sessions at the Hyatt Place Faro Blanco Resort in Marathon, 1996 Overseas Highway

Cost: $25 per person per session / Participants may attend any or all three sessions. Participants completing all of the sessions will be presented with a Certificate of Completion. (Optimum benefit is received from LSA by attending all three sessions).

The Leadership Success Academy is sponsored by the Key West Marriott Beachside.

Each attendee needs to complete a separate application form.

“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 Overview

The Leadership Success Academy (LSA) provides specific leadership and governance skill building programming and activities to individuals who serve as board members, advisors and leaders of local nonprofit organizations and community groups. The program benefits the entire nonprofit community as well, given that board members serve multiple organizations over time. To date, over 400 nonprofit leaders in Monroe County have completed the LSA to further develop their skills. Nearly one-fourth of all Monroe County charitable nonprofits have participated in the program. The program is open to 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofits, membership or service/civic organizations, and government groups and coalitions. See above for details on the 2017 LSA Program.

Click here to see photos from the 2016 Leadership Success Academy graduation. Special thanks to the Florida Keys Community College for their partnership with the 2016 program and to the Key West Marriott Beachside for their sponsorship.

2016 LSA Class

2016 LSA Class

“The Leadership Success Academy will provide you with tools to improve your organization. Whether you are a new board member or have served on a board for many years, you are sure to pick up new skills and ideas.”

— Susan Kent, Sister Season Fund board member and 2016 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

Below is the list of 2016 LSA graduates:

  • Victor Alma
  • William Archer
  • Mark Barstow
  • Joshua Bassett
  • Kate Bauer-Jones
  • Marilyn Fraelich
  • Patrick Garvey
  • Katherine Hooper
  • David Huber
  • Jeff Hunter
  • Roberta Isleib
  • Robert Keeley
  • Susan Kent
  • Kevin Leander
  • Nelson Maxime
  • Patti McMackin
  • John Miller
  • Michelle Robinson
  • Cale Smith
  • Patrick Tierney
  • Mary Ann Westerlund

“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