The Pat Collier Frank Leadership Institute is designed for women who want to enhance their capacity to lead, gain confidence and advance in their careers.

The Centre for Women proudly introduces leadership training at your fingertips. If you aspire to be a leader but lack the confidence, power skills and necessary resources, this eight-part virtual series is designed especially for you. Learn proven techniques and gain perspectives from accomplished leaders.

This training series is designed to meet you where you are. You can register for all eight sessions at one affordable price of $199. You will be able to interact and ask questions in each webinar. Or, get this effective training on demand since all webinars will be recorded. Learn at your own pace. Whether you participate live or in the recorded sessions, if you complete all eight webinars you will earn a leadership certificate as formal recognition of your professional development and commitment to continuous learning. 

So, register today and take a big step toward advancing your career.

Eight-Week Series


Each virtual workshop will include:

  • Real-time interaction with our Leadership expert.
  • An introduction to an essential topic for leaders
  • Transferrable strategies and ideas that you can implement immediately
  • Opportunities to cultivate connections with like-minded women.

* If you are unable to attend a workshop, a recording will be available.

FEB. 1


Founder & CEO, Presenting Powerfully

Presenting Yourself & Your Ideas Powerfully. Public Speaking and More!

  • Have the confidence to introduce yourself and your skills effectively
  • Engage in idea-sharing with professionalism and impact
  • Gain skills for public speaking to an audience of one to many

Debbie Lundberg believes “how you present is how you are remembered”! She is the 2006 founder & CEO of the Florida-based national firm, Presenting Powerfully. Debbie combined her 14 years of automotive leadership, her adjunct facilitation running simultaneously for 11 of those years, and her extensive schooling to embark on her business endeavor for passionately and purposefully enhancing 1) communication, behaviors & relationships, 2) leading & leadership, and 3) emotional intelligence & kindness through the following four offerings: Keynotes & Talks, Strategy & Facilitation, Teaming & Training, and Coaching & Consulting. To complement those engagements, she brings etiquette and leadership ideas together as a contributing columnist for Tampa Bay Business & Wealth Magazine.

Her 2021 book, LIVING KINDLY, became an Amazon Bestseller in the first week it was published, and there, Debbie’s Living Kidney Donor, Share Your Spare story, is one chapter among 12 other international authors.

FEB. 8


Executive & Life Coach and Business Strategist

Your Brand Is Your Business!

  • Understanding your value
  • How to maximize your brand
  • The importance of diversified networking

Vasti Amaro is an Executive Coach, Life Coach and Business Strategist.  Her 30-year career in transit included HART in Tampa, Dallas Area Regional Transit, Phoenix Transit, South Florida Regional Transit Authority, Pittsburgh Regional Transit and global transportation firms: Transdev, First Group and Keolis headquartered in Paris and U.K.  She launched her transportation consulting business in 2014 and expanded to Executive and Life Coaching in May 2022.

She studied Business Management at the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of the WTS Leadership Program at Rutgers University and Transit General Managers Leadership Program at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.  She has served on many association and non-profit boards.

In 2023, Vasti starts a newly elected term as Board of Director for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay (HCCTB) and appointed by the Palm Beach Mayor to the Transportation Local Coordinating Board (TLCB).


FEB. 15


SVP, Director of Corporate Communications, Valley Bank

Etiquette for Effective Communications

    Kati Isaacson started her career in advertising before joining 1st United Bank in 2006 in a Marketing and Communications role. She held various leadership roles at 1st United while managing the marketing, events, and public relations for the company before being acquired by Valley Bank in 2014. From there, Kati became the Brand and Communications Manager for the entire organization before advancing to Director of Corporate Communications.

    In her current role, Kati is responsible for directing, planning developing and implementing the Organization’s internal communication strategies including business resiliency/crisis communication planning. Kati is certified in Organizational Change Management and has a BA in English and Communications from LeMoyne College and MBA from Syracuse University.

    FEB. 22


    Vice President and Community Development & Social Responsibility Market Manager

    Defining Yourself

    • If you don’t, they will
    • Brand Mantra
    • Be authentic
    • Passions
    • Defining your strengths

    Esther Marshall is Vice President and Community Development & Social Responsibility Market Manager for the Southeast. She oversees the Bank’s regional compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act, cultivates and leads community partnerships, and executes community development strategies. Esther leads the Southeast regional community development teams in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and The Carolinas. She is focused on key programs and partnerships supporting economic and small business development, affordable housing and home ownership initiatives, financial health and stability and efforts to improve the well-being of individuals and families in underserved communities.  Esther leads the State of Florida’s charitable giving and provides impactful opportunities for employees to volunteer and serve in the community.

    Esther sits on the Florida Small Business Development Center’s Emergency Bridge Loan Committee. She is a board member of The Black Business Investment Fund and One Tampa and is an Advisory Board Member of the Florida Housing Coalition. She was nominated as a Tampa Bay Business Journal 2020 Businesswoman of the Year and has been recognized by the Florida Housing Coalition in 2019 for her work in affordable housing and nonprofit capacity building. She also received the 2022 Florida Small Business Development Center at FGCU’s Resource Partner of the Year award and received the 2022 Nehemiah Legacy Award from the CDC of Tampa, Inc. 

    MAR. 1


    Professor of Communication at Penn State and Author

    Speak Up and Speak Well!

    • Re-frame how you think about public speaking
    • Develop audience focused introductions
    • Structure the body of your speech effectively
    • Create transitions that unify your presentation
    • Conclude with impact 
    • Enjoy the experience 

    Dr. Nichola D. Gutgold is a professor of communication at Penn State and author of numerous books and articles focusing on women speaking up in trailblazing positions. She is passionate about the power of speaking out to make the world a better place.  

    What has been described as the number one fear in the world? If you have guessed public speaking, you are correct!  If you feel more fear than fun when invited to speak in public, this is for you! After attending this one-hour workshop, your fear will turn into confidence!

    Invest in your communication skills and add public speaking prowess to your superpowers!

    Nichola’s most recent book is:  Electing Madam President:  When Women Run, Women Win. Her website is  She loves reaching out to the community.

    MAR. 8


    Project Manager; Empowering Black Futures Initiative; Corporation to Develop Communities

    Does Dressing for Success Still Matter?

    • Clearer understanding of post-pandemic professionalism
    • The importance of paying attention to professional image and “brand”
    • Maintaining a polished, professional image


    Sartura Shuman-Smith Project Manager for the Corporation to Develop Communities Empowering Black Futures Initiative.

    That ugly “P” word pandemic changed the landscape of just about everything in our personal and professional lives-including how we present ourselves in the workplace or virtually.

    This presentation will stress the importance of maintaining a polished, professional image in a business setting-whether in person or on camera.

    Participants will leave with a clearer understanding of post pandemic professionalism, as well as an appreciation for the importance of paying attention to their professional image and “brand.”


    MAR. 15


    President of Key Associates, Inc.

    How to Assert Yourself and Influence Others

    • Use powerful non-verbal assertiveness
    • Monitor and change your internal dialogue
    • Improve how you assert yourself through AFFIRM, ASSERT, AND AIM

    Dr. Mary Key is an international consultant, author, speaker, and executive coach. She is President of Key Associates, Inc., an organizational transformation consulting firm committed to helping leaders and organizations grow.

    Mary has worked with Fortune 500 companies, Inc. 500 winners and government entities. and many not for profit and government agencies and boards. She helped Inc. Magazine set up CEO Roundtables around the country. 

    Key recently authored Seizing Success: A Woman’s Guide to Transformational Leadership and has written numerous blogs other books including CEO Road Rules: Right Focus, Right People, Right Execution and The Entrepreneurial Cat: 13 Ways to Transform Your Work Life.

    MAR. 22


    Director, The Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre

    Planning for Success

    • Uncovering your competitive advantage
    • Employs a consistent Image
    • Creating a powerful vision statement
    • Implementing SMART goals

    Dr. Kerry Szymanski is the Director of the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre (WBC).

    She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in consulting, entrepreneurship, higher education, and corporate marketing. Her entrepreneurial experience includes Kerry Communications consulting, Groovy Face Masks and SassyBB retail boutique. Corporate marketing experience includes working with Bally Total Fitness, Harry and David and Duty-Free Americas. Dr. Szymanski has more than 17 years of experience teaching undergraduate and MBA courses in marketing, strategy, branding, leadership and entrepreneurship at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and American Business & Technology University. She holds her DBA from Argosy University, MBA from the University of Oregon, and BA in International Relations from Syracuse University.

    Dr. Szymanski is the author of, Seduce Your Customers, a professional speaker and stand-up comedian.