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Leadership Essentials

Ended Nov 30, 2022

Full course description

Course Begins:

June 9 @ 3 PM EST


Enrollment Required


Four 90 minutes sessions and practicum


NETA Members Only

Course Type:

Instructor Lead


Certificate upon Completion


The journey of growing from manager to leader occurs over time. The first few years are critical for building on prior success while also letting go of tasks and projects that you’ve mastered.  The challenge is to balance feeling uncomfortable with a strong desire and curiosity to try new things and learn new ways of getting the job done.    

Leadership Essentials explores core skills to help boost your career at any level.

Workshop for NETA members only

Course Schedule

  • June 9 - Workshop of Why: Timothy Eernisse, NETA Vice President, Education/PMDLI Fellow
  • June 22 - Inclusive Leadership: Joe Weston and The Weston Network
  • July 27 - Leader as Coach: Amy Burkett, PBS Charlotte General Manager/John Maxwell Certified Instructor/PMDLI Fellow
  • August 17 - Boss vs. Leader & Accountability: Amy Burkett, PBS Charlotte General Manager/John Maxwell Certified Instructor/PMDLI Fellow
  • August - September - Coaching Practicum: Amy Burkett, PBS Charlotte General Manager/John Maxwell Certified Instructor/PMDLI Fellow, and Timothy Eernisse, NETA Vice President,Education/PMDLI Fellow

Target Audience: NETA Members Only

Course is offered by NETA

Course Facilitators

Amy Burkett

Amy Burkett

General Manager, PBS Charlotte

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After 30 years in broadcasting, Amy Burkett still loves the business of connecting through media. She’s thrilled to lead the renaissance of WTVI PBS Charlotte, a viewer supported service of Central Piedmont Community College, as general manager since June 2013. Before that she spent 14 years at WLVT PBS39 in Bethlehem, PA as executive vice president. She began her career in commercial television working at network affiliates as an anchor/reporter for nine years.

Over the last 18 years Amy’s studied the art of leadership and received her John Maxwell certification as a trainer, speaker and coach in 2012. New York Times bestselling author John Maxwell has written more leadership books than anyone.

She’s lead teams to four national PBS awards, 37 Emmy nominations, six Mid-Atlantic regional Emmys, two Mid-South regional Emmys, six Pennsylvania Association of Broadcaster’s Awards, five Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas awards and one regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

Amy is originally from Ohio and holds a bachelor’s of science degree in broadcast journalism from Bowling Green State University.


Timothy Eernisse

NETA Vice President, Education/PMDLI Fellow

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As Vice President, Education for NETA, Timothy leads NETA’s team to strengthen and amplify Public Media’s education mission. His team supports Professional Development, Education Services, NETA Peer Learning Communities, NETA Awards, and the NETA Conference. Prior to NETA, he was the Director of Development and Marketing with WGVU Public Media where he led the Development & Business Development team as well as Marketing, Outreach, Art, and Education areas.

He was with WGVU for twelve years, two as an Underwriting Sales Representative and the past ten years as Director of Development and Marketing.

Timothy is a proud Air Force Veteran, having served from 1990 – 1998 working with the 439th Military Airlift Wing and the 127th Air Wing as a PERSCO Team Member and the 110th Fighter Group as a Weapons Loader on A-10 Aircraft and has been deployed domestically and overseas in support of several Air Force operations.


Joe Weston

Founder of The Weston Network, Executive Director for the Fierce Civility Project

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Joe Weston is the founder of The Weston Network, Executive Director for the Fierce Civility Project, author of Mastering Respectful Confrontation, and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University teaching a masters level course: Body-Based Skill Building for Navigating Stress and Confrontation.

Growing up in a pugilistic environment led Joe on a quest to deeply understand the roots that underlie conflict; and subsequently, ways in which it can be safely addressed, or even prevented, through processes including confrontation and collaboration. These explorations took him around the world, where he studied diverse traditions, and learned from masters in the martial arts. Joe synthesized a body of knowledge and practices that combine theory, somatic exercises, and neuroscience.

Joe brings almost thirty years of experience in providing training to corporations, government agencies, and non-profits around the world, adapting the approach to the needs of each organization. He lived in Amsterdam for eighteen years and has created programs in some of the most conflict-ridden areas of the globe.

His work with women’s rights and other humanitarian organizations in the Middle East and the US, focuses on empowerment and leadership, reframing power/masculinity, and overcoming gender-based violence. He has also worked with veterans organizations in processes of integration and healing, and has also volunteered for the Liberation Prison Project, teaching meditation and leadership to inmates.

Joe works in both English and Dutch. As an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, School of Government, Department of Conflict Resolution, Joe teaches his course: Body-based skill building for navigating stress and confrontation. His book, Mastering Respectful Confrontation, is read worldwide.

The Weston Network programs and workshops are among the most impactful and timely professional development opportunities offered today. Joe and the Weston Network has worked with NASA, Booz Allen Hamilton, The World Bank, Oxfam, KLM, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Institutes for Health, and various government and educational institutions.


Wil Fisher

Wil Fisher is a life coach, facilitator, producer, performer, writer, and nonprofit professional.

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Anika Harden

Associate facilitator with The Weston Network

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Anika Harden has been an associate facilitator with The Weston Network for over 10 years. A Washington DC resident and native, Anika has worked on programs with NASA, the National Institutes of Health, Colorado Trust, and the Obama Foundation. Anika previously lived and worked in the UK and Japan, and has a BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.

In addition to facilitation, Anika is an actor and director, as well as a teacher of voice and theatre at the Studio Acting Conservatory in DC. She has worked in the nonprofit sector utilizing her skills in technology, communications, and project management.


Todd Hoskins

Facilitator, coach, consultant, and adviser

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As a facilitator, coach, consultant, and adviser, Todd helps teams and organizations understand how to build awareness, create convergence, and take quick action together in complex environments. Combining his graduate work in psychology, interest in network science and ecology, and experience in assisting small and large organizations through major transformations, Todd thrives in bridging disciplines and dimensions.

Todd launched Canopy Gap in 2009, inspired by his passion for cooperation, collaboration, and living systems. As a member of Content Evolution, Todd is part of the founding team for SenseMapping, helping make the workplace more fully human. With wisdom guide Marti Spiegelman, he co-hosts the podcast and leadership program Leading from Being.

Todd is also a certified trainer in Respectful Confrontation, and Ecosystem Director for The Weston Network. Todd serves on the boards of Wisdom Projects, the Fierce Civility Project, and Project Realize.