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LEADERCAST South Florida

TIME: 8:00am to 5:00pm

VENUE: Global Event Center ("Global Grille") 416 NE 1st Street Fort Lauderdale, FL, Florida 33301


Leadercast Live is the largest one-day leadership event in the world. Broadcast live from Atlanta to hundreds of host locations around the world each year, including right here in South Florida, Leadercast brings together some of the most recognized and respected global leaders to create a leadership experience unlike any other!

Leadercast Live focuses on the leadership issues most relevant to today’s time-starved leader. It is a place of inspiring messages coupled with rich interaction between fellow leaders that want to be intentional about raising their standard of leadership... all delivered with a creative, energetic and memorable approach. Leaders across all industries and from various levels of their career are able to leave this event better equipped to take on their next challenge.

What does it mean to be powered by purpose? …to be part of a purpose-driven organization? work with a team of people who understand the meaning in addition to the metrics? Purpose is what defines us, drives us, and empowers us... Purpose is the glue for an organization and the fuel for an individual. Today’s organization can’t rely on old practices. A new organization is emerging and at the center of its driving force is the igniting power of purpose.

Bring your managers or staff for an excellent team building experience at Leadercast South Florida! Or come solo and ready to network at this epic, live streamed event. The Leadercast South Florida host site is conveniently located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, at the Global Event Center.

REGISTRATION: To Register Click Here

PRICE: $99

“Supercharge Your Board” Webinar

TIME: 2:00pm to 3:00pm

VENUE: Webinar


Is your board letting you down? Well, you are not alone… Join this webinar, presented by NLI's strategic partner "The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy. We’ll explore how to optimize your board as advocates, donors and fundraisers.

You’ll learn:

·What a strong board really is

·How to establish expectations from the outset

·Effective tactics for involving the right board members

·How to engage your Board in the entire fundraising process

REGISTRATION: To Register Click Here

PRICE: $15


Meet Your Instructor: Todd R. Schultz

With nearly 30 years of non-profit experience in fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and public relationship, Todd R. Schultz currently oversees the $15 million annual fund program in addition to ongoing capital and endowment campaigns in his role as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.


TIME: 2:00pm to 4:00pm


DESCRIPTION: You’ve found the perfectly passionate board members you wanted, with the diversity and skill sets you need. Congrats! To embrace that enthusiasm and masterfully motivate them, you must treat new board members right. From best practices in on-boarding, new board member communications, effective meeting training and more, this session can be a template for powerful board orientation and training and re-energize those long-standing board members who may have lost their fire!

REGISTRATION: To Register Click Here


NOTES: Audience: Nonprofit leaders and board members

How to Break Up with a Board Member (And How to Avoid Getting There in the First Place)

TIME: 9:00am to 10:30am

VENUE: Junior League of Boca Raton 261 NW 13th Street Boca Raton, FL 33432

DESCRIPTION: We’ve all likely been there… who hasn’t had a board member (or three!) that needs to go, but you just feel stuck with them!? What CAN you do, or SHOULD you do? Can you “fire” a bad board member? The answer may surprise you. This session will take you through recognizing the true bad apples, to best practices for their proper removal. We’ll also talk through ways you can avoid this oh-so-tricky situation in the first place.

REGISTRATION: To Register Click Here


NOTES: Audience: Nonprofit leaders and board members

Women's Leadership Series at Broward College

TIME: 8:30am to 1:30pm

VENUE: Broward College – The Innovation Hub Cypress Creek Administrative Center 6400 NW 6th Way Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309



Ladies, whether you’re just starting a business or in the early years of building it, this seminar can help you focus on:

-Customer growth/retention & employee productivity

-The art of storytelling as a marketing best practice

-Techniques & tips to expand your business

-The power of networking



STRATEGY: Jane F. Bolin, Esq.

MODERATOR: Raelyn Barlow


1. The Positive Path: Be a Productive, Profitable & Positive Energizer!

Whether a new or growing business, you’ll find something inspiring in this lively, eye-opening session. When you become a “Positive Energizer” you become a leader with more energy, resources and people willing to go the extra mile for you, your business - and your customers. There are proven, direct links between happy, positive leadership and your company’s performance, productivity and profits.

Eighteen years since the “birth” of a new science called “Positive Psychology,” we have proof positive that happiness doesn’t come from success. Success comes from happiness.

This program reveals four proven strategies that will raise your “Positivity Ratio” and help you outsmart your “Happiness Set Point” permanently.

2. Lighting the Match: How to Use Storytelling to Grow Your Business!

We believe every company has a compelling story, but too many are losing customers and revenue growth because they just can't tell it well. A strong content strategy gives you a strong position in the market as a thought leader or subject matter expert. If you aren't creating and distributing compelling content through your online footprint, you might as well not exist.

We'll share the leading strategies that growing companies use and the secrets to creating and leveraging your story to dominate your market and grow your business. We'll show you awesome examples and do a real-time analysis with participants.

Come prepared to share, learn, and grow!

3. Been There, Done That: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Goals, Actions & Success!

This session puts it all together! Hear business growth strategies that turned this speaker's dream not only into reality, but into one of the fastest growing businesses in its category in Florida!

From realistic goal setting to ambitious go-getting to networking done right, this session can spark ideas to help you grow your own business. It’s all about strategies that create actionable goals to help you achieve success!

Get ready to fire up your creativity and plan for success!



PRICE: $99


For more information, email or call 954-201-7800

CAUSE SELLING: The Sanford Way Nov 2016

TIME: 8:00am to 5:00pm

VENUE: ArtServe
1350 East Sunrise Blvd,
Fort Lauderdale FL 33304

DESCRIPTION: CAUSE SELLING: The Sanford Way Means Applying Proven Business Principles To Achieve Successful Nonprofit Fundraising And Lasting Donor Relationships. This Modern Take On Fundraising Will Leave You Feeling Energized, Empowered, And Looking At Your Techniques In A Whole New Way!

REGISTRATION: To Register Click Here

PRICE: $150 -- General Admission $100 -- Bring A Board Member (or additional staff)

NOTES: Scholarships Due NOW - apply here: Scholarship Link

Trademarks and Your Nonprofit Programs: When & How to Protect Your Great Ideas and Brands

TIME: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

VENUE: Junior League of Boca Raton at VCRC 261 NW 13 Street Boca Raton FL 33432

DESCRIPTION: When you have a great idea or brand name for your new nonprofit program or for a big fundraiser, should you trademark it, copyright it or just not worry about it? What can you or should you do if someone copies your event name? When should you protect yourself at the state vs. national level? This seminar will cover the basics on intellectual property protections, and explore the differences between service marks, brand names, fictitious names and more. Bring your questions! Audience: All Presented by Frank Rodriguez, Esq., Corporate Creations International, Inc.and National Leadership Institute Faculty



Turn “No” Into “Yes!” - Embracing Objections Webinar for Nonprofits

TIME: 11:00am – Noon PDT to 2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT

VENUE: Webinar


Attend this dynamic webinar where Dr. Lena Rodriguez, Endowed Director at the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy/National University, and Danielle Dawson, Executive Director of Development, Gift Planning at University of California San Diego, reveal secrets on how nonprofit fundraisers can embrace objections.

You will learn about:

·The types of donor objections

·Tips and strategies to negotiate objections

·Effective Techniques to respond to donor objections

·What to do when the donor says no

You will also hear real-world experiences and scenarios so that you can put concepts into action right away. The format will be conversational with the opportunity for questions and answers.

National Leadership Institute is an affiliate of Sanford Institute of Philanthropy.


PRICE: $25

Leadership Principles: 10 Steps to Becoming A Dynamic Leader

TIME: 8:30am to 12:30PM


PBSC at Boca Raton Humanities & Technology Building Room 103


"Managers are a dime a dozen, but leaders are priceless. Any manager aspiring to superior leadership would be wise to study Gerry's advice." -H. Wayne Huizenga With this course, you will fine-tune your personal leadership skills and improve performance within your organization!

 Course Outline:  

  • Become a True Leader vs. Just a Manager

  • Implement 10 Principles of Peak Performance

  • Unlock Your Leadership Potential

  • Empower Your Team


Register for Course BEO0410 Online to Attend:

PRICE: $150


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Be An Authentic Boss: Lead vs. Manage - Free Webinar

TIME: 10:00am to 11:00am EDT

VENUE: Exclusive Webinar


Be An Authentic Boss: How to lead, not manage, a global workforce

The importance of good leadership has never been so clear! With the departure of David Cameron after Brexit and the dividing role that Donald Trump has played as he campaigns for the presidency, the concern for good leadership has been brought to the forefront of our minds.

It can be a daunting time for leaders, as expectations are changing. The majority of the incoming millennial workforce claims that they want a coach more than a boss. Therefore, leaders are faced with the need to replace a traditional management style with a more nurturing leadership approach.

Join us as we welcome Gerry Czarnecki, leadership executive from National Leadership Institute and bestselling author, and Daren Jennings, VP at Interact, as we explore the fundamentals of global leadership success, and how to overcome the common challenges that managers face.

We’ll discuss the pillars of authentic leadership, and the role that an intranet can plan in:

  • Engaging employees by leading from the front

  • Discovering and applying employee passions to tasks

  • Transitioning from manager to effective leader

  • Engaging and motivating disparate teams

  • Culturally sensitive communications



BOARD ENGAGEMENT - Create A Strategic Asset Board

TIME: 9:00am to 11:00am

VENUE: Junior League of Boca Raton
261 NW 13th Street
Boca Raton, FL 33432

DESCRIPTION: Bringing on a terrific board member is only the first step. Taking time to ensure that each board member becomes personally invested and engaged in the mission of the organization is time well spent. In this workshop, unveil practical ways to develop truly engaged, board members and determine how they could become your nonprofit's best ambassadors, advocates, strategists, and all-around supporters.


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NOTES: Due to limited event seating, online workshop pre-registration is required 24 hours in advance. There is NO registration fee for the summer workshop series.

ADDITIONAL INFO: Contact for more info

“You’re in Charge . . .What Now?” - Nonprofit Leadership Seminar

TIME: 8:30am to 1:30pm

VENUE: Embassy Suites Hotel
1601 Belvedere Rd
West Palm Beach, FL 33406


The Nonprofit Chamber of Palm Beach County Annual Conference

Morning speaker: Gerry Czarnecki, author of “You’re in Charge . . .What Now?”

Keynote Speaker: Robert Lupton, author of “Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It.”

Staff members who are great at their current roles often move up the ladder within an organization. But are they truly prepared for a promotion into a leadership role? Do they know how to manage or lead others successfully?

This fast-paced conference will energize you with a combination of serious leadership training information and targeted humor.  The target audience is the “Work Leader,” those who have a leadership title and role, whether it’s a new position or not. These CEOs, EDs and VPs are expected to roll up their sleeves and contribute a healthy dose of work daily, all while managing and leading others and overseeing the operation.

Many nonprofits rarely have the luxury or take the time to help staff transition into that role of manager and leader. You’ll leave this conference with solid information on how to do just that. 

Over lunch, veteran urban activist Robert Lupton reveals the shockingly toxic effects that modern charity has upon the very people meant to benefit from it. Toxic Charity provides proven new models for charitable groups who want to help—not sabotage—those whom they desire to serve.

Bring Your Leadership Staff!


Register via the Nonprofit Chamber of Palm Beach County website:


$60.00 (Members of The Nonprofit Chamber of Palm Beach County)

$75.00 (Non-members Price)

Price includes continental breakfast and lunch.

An Inside Look: How Department of Homeland Security Protects Your Business (Seminar & Cocktail Reception)

TIME: 4:00pm to 7:00pm

VENUE: Fort Lauderdale Marriott North
6650 N Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309


Join Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications, Gregory J. Touhill, as he shares how the Department of Homeland Security is acting as your national neighborhood watch system in cyberspace.

This is a first-hand look at the governmental protections in place for your business, plus discussion of current risks & threats looming on the horizon.

Includes Cocktail Reception & Hors d'oeuvres.

Bring your questions!


Click here for further information and to register


$35 (for NACD members)
$50 (for NACD non-members)


In partnership with NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors).

An Inside Look: How Department of Homeland Security Protects Your Business (Luncheon)

TIME: 11:30am to 1:00pm

VENUE: Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce
512 NE 3rd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 


Join Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications, Gregory J. Touhill, as he shares how the Department of Homeland Security is acting as your national neighborhood watch system in cyberspace.

This is a first-hand look at the governmental protections in place for your business, plus discussion of current risks & threats looming on the horizon.

Lunch included.

Bring your questions!


Click here for further information and to register.

PRICE: $15.00


In partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

CAUSE SELLING: The Sanford Way

TIME: 8:00am to 5:30pm

VENUE: Hall of Fame Room 2 at Junior Achievement of South Florida
1130 Coconut Creek Blvd
Coconut Creek, FL 33066

DESCRIPTION: CAUSE SELLING: The Sanford Way focuses on applying proven business principles to achieve successful nonprofit fundraising. This day-long session is ideal for any nonprofit leader, development director, board member or fundraiser who wants to improve their fundraising strategies and techniques. Learn from your successful South Florida nonprofit peers who have been in your shoes and raised millions of dollars for their own organizations.

REGISTRATION: Early Bird discount ends May 5th:

PRICE: $100 - $295

NOTES: Scholarships available until April 25th - apply here: Scholarship Link


TIME: 3:00pm to 5:00pm

VENUE: Palm Beach Habilitation Center,
4522 South Congress Avenue,
Lake Worth, FL

DESCRIPTION: The Nonprofit Chamber of Palm Beach County presents "Oops! Your Slip Is Showing! Top Governance & Leadership Mistakes Nonprofits Make" with guest speaker Frank Rodriguez from National Leadership Institute.

REGISTRATION: Members must RSVP to

PRICE: FREE to Nonprofit Chamber of Palm Beach Members

NOTES: Frank A. Rodriguez is Founder, Chairman and Chief Legal Officer of Corporate Creations International Inc. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of several private companies including Corporate Creations Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization that provides financial support to improve educational opportunities for children and to improve their physical and emotional health. He is a member of Florida Council of 100, YPO-WPO and Tiger 21, which are prestigious networks of business leaders and high net worth investors. He is a contributing author and editor of the first edition of Florida Law of Corporations and Business Organizations published by Prentice Hall. Prior to founding Corporate Creations, he worked as a corporate attorney at the predecessor to Squire Patton Boggs in West Palm Beach, Florida. He served on the board of directors of United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He received his J.D. degree in 1989 from Harvard Law School, and he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Miami where he received his B.A. degree in economics. He is married to his college sweetheart. They have two children. Frank and his family reside in Jupiter, Florida.


TIME: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

VENUE: Junior League of Boca Raton
261 NW 13th Street
Boca Raton, FL 33432

DESCRIPTION: Nonprofits know that getting highly qualified, engaged, and enthusiastic people to serve on your board is vital to the health and sustainability of your organization. But it’s not easy! And building a better board is more than just recruiting. It’s also growing the competence of your existing board, and helping individual members maximize their ability to contribute and lead strategically. In this interactive session, learn how to better find community leaders who have skill sets and perspectives that align with your organization’s strategies, goals and needs. Plus, explore the many ways your board can begin to become your best strategic asset. This free workshop session is a part of the 2016 SPRING Non-Profit Leadership Series brought to you by Junior League of Boca Raton.


PRICE: FREE to Nonprofits

NOTES: Speaker Gerry Czarnecki has served on more than 50 nonprofit boards, ranging from the small community-based to large global organizations. That, combined with his extensive experience as a corporate board member, brings this free session the perspective to help you run your organization more like a strategic, successful business. Work smarter, not harder… so you can better help those you passionately serve!