names Florida International University Center for Leadership as a prestigious winner of the 2015 Leadership 500 Awards recognizing exceptional Leadership

The annual prestigious Leadership Awards salute the world’s top leadership practitioners and programs and highlight their roles in developing their most important asset – their people.

As a distinguished recipient of the Leadership 500 Award in the Educational Institution category for 2015, Florida International University Center for Leadership was highly praised by leadership experts at LEAD2015 for their outstanding achievements in their leadership development and programs.

For the past 30 years, Leadership Excellence, now a part of has identified and recognized the top 500 leadership organizations and their strategies and solutions in their yearly ranking. The complete list of this year’s award winners was published in the April edition of Leadership Excellence Essentials. The Leadership Excellence publication also features interviews from select top award winners in each category in the July Issue. These interviews outlined each program’s unique qualities that made them a Leadership 500 Winner.

“Once again the alumni of the program have ensured that the Center reached one of the top spots and we are so grateful,” says Mayra Beers, Ph.D., Director for the Center and a Knight Research Fellow. “Of course many factors go into the rankings. But what pleases us the most is the fact that our participants find great value from participating in one of our programs, even long after attending a program.”

“We were pleased to have a large increase in applicants this year and have only published the top 500. I think the Leadership500 Awards in combination with LEAD2015 demonstrates top organizations that not only value leadership but also have innovative programs. This year’s list of winners reflects the importance of reinventing leadership development and the need to bring leadership to a wider audience,” stated Debbie McGrath, CEO of

This year’s award recipients were selected based on both an application or nomination process, reviewed by’s expert leadership panel, as well as feedback from the program’s participants. The voting was promoted by the nominees as well as through social media campaigns over the course of the nomination period.

About Center for Leadership at Florida International University
The Center for Leadership at Florida International University is a nationally recognized center for leadership research, development, and training, providing leaders and their team members with the competencies and business solutions that will equip them to positively and effectively transform their organizations and their societies. The Center continuously engages in research projects, the development and delivery of leadership programs and custom workshops, and community engagement initiatives to translate and apply the latest research for developing high-impact and engaged employees. Alumni to The Center include individuals from healthcare, banking and finance, technology, retail, education, government, and the military, with participants from across the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, and Africa. The Center has, for the past three consecutive years, ranked among the top providers of executive leadership development in the USA by and Leadership Excellence, and is one of a handful of Pre-Eminent centers at Florida International University, the fourth largest public university in the U.S.A. For more information, contact Garth D. Headley at, call 305-348-5323, or visit our website at

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