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The Leadership Accelerator Program

Accelerate Your Leadership Journey

As an emerging leader, you are ready to accelerate your leadership journey and transition from willing manager to trusted leader. Discover what front-line managers already know: The Leadership Accelerator Program from the award-winning Center for Leadership at FIU will build your self-awareness, strengthen your behavioral and skill toolkit, and improve strategic alignment with your team and organization.

The research is clear, the best leaders are continually developing self and taking action to develop their skills – big and small. And it’s not only about getting leadership ‘right’, but it’s about becoming a better and more effective leader. This program will prepare you with the skills to drive optimal performance of your team, improve buy-in from key stakeholders, and develop a concrete plan for continued acceleration of your leadership momentum upon returning to work. Accelerate your leadership journey at the Center for Leadership at FIU.

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Program Information

Program Dates 
October 21-22, 2024 

Class Times
8:00am - 5:00pm ET

FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus in Miami, FL

For out-of-town participants, preferred hotel rates are available at local hotels. Contact us for more details.

Program Fee
$2,195 - including program tuition, materials, and some meals.
$1,975 - early registration rate available until August 21, 2024.

Registration closes on October 4, 2024. 

Multi-registrations, nonprofits, government agencies, and FIU employees and alumni, contact us for pricing. 

View our registration and refund policy.

Who should attend?

This program is designed for front-line managers with 2-10 years of management experience. Well-qualified participants are responsible for leading a team of individual contributors. Job titles may include assistant/associate directors, senior managers, project managers, or managers. 

Not sure if this program is the right fit for you or want more information before applying? Contact a member of our team or view our other program options for individual contributors, managers, and established executives.

Why attend?

Our leadership development programs and workshops continue to gain recognition around the world. Since 2014, we have garnered thirteen different accolades from, Chief Learning Officer (CLO), and University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)… including six #1 rankings! Read more about our rankings and awards.

  • Benefits for the individual
    • Build a strong understanding and awareness of self, and understand how self-knowledge strengthens leadership capabilities.
    • Strengthen skills to generate effective communication, drive optimal performance and ensure successful conversations.
    • Learn to direct energy to drive best possible outcomes for self, teams, and organizations.
    • Improve buy-in from key stakeholders to address strategic initiatives/goals.
    • Develop an action plan to tackle an area for personal and professional growth upon returning to work.
  • Benefits for the organization
    • Build organizational capacity for managers to assume greater responsibilities and capacity for front-line managers to assume greater responsibilities.
    • Develop individuals to strengthen internal talent development and drive succession plan initiatives.
    • Identify organizational leaders capable of building leadership capacity and engaging those they lead.
    • Increase internal productivity and effectiveness.
  • Continuing Education


    The Center for Leadership is a recognized provider of both Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and SHRM, offering Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities. Participants of this program will be eligible to receive CEUs and SHRM-PDCs with participating professional organizations.

Topics and Schedule

The following topics and schedule are subject to change.

  • Day 1 from 8:00am to 5:00pm ET
    • Welcome and Program Introduction
    • Leading self: leverage the totality of who you are and engage in self-reflection
    • Values in leadership: clearly define the role of personal values in leadership to better understand your decision-making process
    • Power and influence: understand the importance of power and influence and how to use both in your leadership position
    • Expanding your reach: identify and explore opportunities to tap into the talents of your team to help you lead more strategically
  • Day 2 from 8:00am to 5:00pm ET
    • Coaching others: provide tactful, well-timed and appropriate developmental feedback
    • Inspiring your employees: build a toolbox of leadership behaviors to purposefully and intentionally influence employee engagement
    • Leading change: gain a fresh perspective on how to lead change for even greater achievements
    • Developing your leadership agenda: craft a personal action plan for implementation upon returning to work
    • Program Closing



Brian Dunn
Program Co-Chair

Brooke Buckman, Ph.D.
Program Co-Chair

Mayra Beers, Ph.D.


Ravi S. Gajendran, Ph.D.

Nathan J. Hiller, Ph.D.



The Leadership Accelerator Program from the Center for Leadership exceeded all my expectations. It is one of the most impactful programs I've experienced recently, reigniting my passion and drive as I transition back to the office. 

I highly recommend this program to anyone seeking to revitalize themselves or to equip future leaders with essential skills. Investing in this program is investing in developing a winning leadership team for the challenges of tomorrow.


Russell Thomas, MILR, CLRP, IPMA-SCP 
Employee and Labor Relations Manager
City of Naples 

“This experience has been transformative, shaping my leadership style for the future. The Leadership Accelerator program from the Center for Leadership has armed me with practical tools to nurture both personal and team growth.

Among the myriad of insights gained, a few stand out: fostering a culture poised for change, leveraging power and influence for effective leadership, prioritizing values within teams, expanding my leadership footprint, and dedicating regular time for strategic planning. With a clear roadmap for the upcoming academic year, I'm prepared to lead with purpose and impact.

The caliber of presenters was exceptional, and I'm deeply appreciative for their generosity in sharing their knowledge and expertise. Gratitude abounds for this enriching experience.”


Tiombe Bisa Kendrick-Dunn, Ed.D., NCSP
Instructional Supervisor 
Miami-Dade County Public Schools

"From coaching to team engagement to leadership fundamentals, The Leadership Accelerator Program from the Center for Leadership surpassed my expectations. I believe that because of this course, I will grow into a more developed and effective leader.”


Karen Villamizar, SHRM-CP
Human Resources Business Partner
Hotwire Communicatons


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