Leadership Success Academy

The Leadership Success Academy has been completed for 2019. Thank you to all who participated in this year’s program. Information about future LSA programs will be posted here.

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. 

LSA has trained over 450 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.

The Leadership Success Academy is an interactive, hands-on training program. Participants 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.

Typical programs include three half-day training sessions with instruction in Board/CEO roles and responsibilities, servant leadership, strategic planning, financial management, fundraising and communications.

LSA is made possible by funding from the Key West Marriott Beachside and CFFK donors.

2019 Leadership Success Academy Class Participants (Photo by Photo Design by Natalie)

Please click here for photos of the 2019 LSA Class

 “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 2017 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