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Certificate in Leadership Practice

Leadership is a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal. – Kevin Kruse

Karen Plunkett Memorial Scholarship information, click here >

Sherry Abbott Scholarship Information, click here >

The nonprofit sector needs strong leadership talent to meet the many and ever growing demands of our sector. Therefore, a steady supply of leaders is critical. The Certificate in Leadership Practice is designed for nonprofit professionals who want to become respected leaders in their field. During this leadership immersion experience you will learn to maximize your potential and help you overcome hindrances to success.  The program will cover- Leading in an Inclusive Environment, Becoming a Conflict Capable Leader, Overcoming Personal Bias, Emotional Intelligence and more.  

Certificate in Leadership Practice

You will:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of your own leadership style through self-assessment
  • Apply and integrate leadership concepts into a variety of real-life situations
  • Understand how to LEAD in an inclusive environment
  • Learn about overcoming personal bias
  • Understand your emotional intelligence and how to work with others
  • Understand organization dynamics and the role leaders play at all levels
  • Become a more effective leader within your current, or future leadership positions

You will engage in four interactive sessions that help you identify and understand your own leadership style. It will challenge you to leverage your personal strengths. You will complete self-assessments and feedback instruments that include: Personal Values Questionnaire, DiSC Profile, Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict MODE Instrument. 

Only $840 with scholarship! Scholarships are available to Edyth Bush Institute member organizations. Please complete the Scholarship Application in lieu of the online registration. Scholarships for the Certificate in Leadership Practice will not count toward an organization's $500 scholarship threshold. For information about becoming a member, click here.

The fee is $1,200 for members and $1,850 for nonmembers, inclusive of all training materials, assessments, books, and personal development coaching. Scholarships are available to Edyth Bush Institute member organizations. 

2019 Session dates and times.

 September 24, 2019 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
 October 8, 2019 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
 October 22, 2019 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
 November 5, 2019 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.


Active participation is expected. The Certificate in Leadership Practice involves the completion of out-of-session reading and assignments. A Certificate will only be awarded to those who complete all of the required assignments and attend all four sessions in their entirety.

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If you would like more information about the Certificate in Leadership Practice, please contact the Edyth Bush Institute at 407-975-6414.



Certificate in Leadership Practice
Karen Plunkett Memorial Scholarship Application

May 31, 2019Scholarship applications open

August 5, 2019: Scholarship applications DUE by 5:00 pm

August 16, 2019: Scholarship award notification (confirmed by email)

The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation is offering the Karen Plunkett Memorial Scholarship for the Edyth Bush Institute’s Certificate in Leadership Practice program. The scholarship is awarded annually to a public relations or communications professional in Orange, Osceola, Seminole or Lake County. Preference is given to an individual who is involved in the community or who has connection with a nonprofit organization. The scholarship valued at $1,200 is awarded on a competitive basis to one individual.


Karen Plunkett specialized in public relations and represented law and accounting firms in the Orlando area. Among her public relations friends, she was known for her gracious style combined with a backbone of steel. She became president of the Florida Public Relations Association and earned the group's Dillon Award for lifetime achievement. For 15 years, she also taught public relations courses at Rollins College and the University of Central Florida, where she earned her master's degree.


David Odahowski, President & CEO of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, said, “The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation would like Karen's legacy to live on and this scholarship will honor her life as a public relations professional and as a distinguished community volunteer, teacher and mentor."

One, fully-paid scholarship will be awarded annually to a public relations or communications professional through the generous support of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation in memory of
Karen Plunkett, APR.  The Certificate in Leadership Practice involves the completion of outside reading and assignments and will only be awarded to those who complete the assignments and attend all four sessions in their entirety.  The scholarship recipient must complete the program in full or the value of the scholarship ($1,200) must be paid to the Edyth Bush Institute.

Criteria to apply for Karen Plunkett Memorial Scholarship:

  • Individual must work in marketing, public relations or a related communications field.
  • Preference will be given to individuals currently working at a nonprofit organization, or serving a nonprofit organization in some capacity (i.e. board of directors, key volunteer, other).
  • Applicants must be in good financial standing with the Institute.
  • Only individuals working in Orange, Osceola, Lake and Seminole counties are eligible.

Click here to complete the scholarship application.


Sherry Abbot SCHOLARSHIP For Leadership Development

The Edyth Bush Institute offers the Sherry Abbott Scholarship for Leadership Development to the president of YNPN-Orlando on an annual basis (unless the president serves more than one year). This scholarship is intended for young people who are assuming the top leadership role in YNPN – Orlando as they are developing leaders who are showing their desire for and abilities in leadership. Click here to learn more about YNPN Orlando

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