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Taking charge… An alumna’s story

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When Milady Cervera came to The Women Leaders Program (formerly titled “Women on the Move”) at the Center for Leadership in 2010, she was already a proven leader in her field. Her career at Baptist Health of South Florida which started in 1999 had resulted in her position as Business Manager for their South Miami Heart Center.

Since participating in The Center’s program, Milady has earned two additional promotions. First, she was named as Director of Operations for Baptist Health and within a short period of time was announced as their Assistant Vice President of Operations.

“In many ways, the Women’s program at the Center for Leadership was instrumental in helping me advance,” Milady says. “First, participating in this program was an outstanding opportunity for me to work with other women in similar leadership roles and some in higher positions than mine such as CEOs or Vice Presidents. I was inspired seeing how other women had achieved their goals and I resolved to formulate and then attain goals for myself. Great motivation!”

Milady says that through the Women’s program at The Center she learned valuable techniques, especially gaining methods as to how to strategically align herself in her organization. She also learned important research-based recommendations for leading a staff, how to leverage her strengths and how to sharpen her decisions – skills that she immediately began to utilize at Baptist Health.

When asked if she would recommend this women’s program to others, Milady’s quick response is,

“Absolutely. Without a shadow of a doubt,” she says.

She adds, “The Center for Leadership gives us a safe environment to discuss issues that are particularly important to women leaders,” she says. “Participating in a program just for women is an uncommon and quite valuable opportunity. I am certainly grateful for the opportunity.”

The Center for Leadership at Florida International University is preparing tomorrow’s leaders today, with research-based executive programs and engaging lectures from practitioners that improve how aspiring, rookie and senior leaders guide their teams. Attending any one of their Spring 2017 programs will be the game-changer in your ability to catapult your leadership capabilities and drive organizational success in 2017 and beyond.


The Senior Executive Leaders Program
March 26-29, 2017

Introduced in 2016, The Senior Executive Leaders Program is specifically designed for executives with several years of experience, who have significant responsibilities and may also be preparing for the C-Suite: VPs, Senior Directors, new C-suite executives.

“The people who attend this program are already effective leaders so time isn’t used on the basics. Rather, we focus on fine-tuning the skills most critical to people at or near the top of their organization,” says Dr. Nathan Hiller, Academic Director for The Center and Associate Professor at FIU.

Dr. Hiller says participants benefit from learning the results of the latest research on leadership, to help them avoid critical mistakes. “We offer insight and research-backed statistics on topics such as guiding a team in the decision-making process,” he says. “Research is showing that when a team is involved, there is an entire new layer in the decision process. The effective leader needs to recognize the unique problems that happen with teams, and understand the subtle clues the team members are giving. That’s just one of the areas we tackle.”

This 4-day residential program also integrates personality assessments to create a customized portfolio of resources for effective leadership development and training. 

The Women Leaders Program
May 8-11, 2017

Professional women from across the world will gather to dive deep into the fresh approach to life-long leadership development based on a contemporary leadership competency model developed by FIU’s Center for Leadership. Since its launch in 2007, The Women Leaders Program has strengthened the careers of hundreds of women — upper managers, directors, or vice presidents – and the organizations they serve.

Unique insights, dynamic and engaging case studies and in-depth, solutions-oriented sessions will provide the framework to help women leaders leverage their strengths. This program helps women leaders take action on what matters most to them and their organization.

The High-Potential Leaders Program
October 24-27, 2017

This program is designed for high-impact individuals who seek to continue or accelerate their personal and professional development: directors, senior managers, vice-presidents, or area managers with substantial responsibilities. Whether in marketing, finance, or operations, this program will build critical leadership skills to enhance organizational performance.