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Next Level Leadership


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Full course description

Course Begins:

January 19 @ 3 PM EST


Leadership 101 or Leadership Essentials


90 minutes sessions and practicum


NETA Members Only

Course Type:

Instructor Lead


Certificate upon Completion


Next Level Leadership builds on the skills learned in Leadership Essentials. This course takes a deep dive into topics leaders face every day. Topics covered include:

  • Culture
  • Change Management
  • Respectful Confrontation
  • Existential Leadership
  • Leadership Growth

At the end of the course, participants will partner with others in the cohort for a practical exercise to develop a plan to ensure the future of our system.

Course Schedule

  • January 19 - Change Management:
    • Amy Burkett, General Manager, PBS Charlotte, Public Media Diversity Fellow
    • John Maxwell Certified Instructor

  • February 16 - Respectful Confrontation:
    • Joe Weston and The Weston Network

  • March 16 - Curating Cultures Where Talent Thrives:
    • Erica Curry VanEe, Urban Curry Consulting

  • April 12 - Leadership Growth in Action:
    • Lesli Rotenberg, Executive Leadership Guide and Public Media Veteran
    • Brigadier General Shawn W. Campbell, Director of USAF Manpower, U.S. Air Force
  • May 10 - Existential Leadership
    • Eric Hyyppa, President, NETA; Public Media Diversity Fellow and additional guests

  • June 1 - Leadership Capstone:
    • Amy Burkett, General Manager, PBS Charlotte, Public Media Diversity Fellow
    • John Maxwell Certified Instructor
    • Timothy Eernisse, Vice President, Education, NETA; Public Media Diversity Fellow

  • Leaders Among Us - Asynchronous

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.


Lesli Rotenberg

Unlock Inspiration

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Lesli Rotenberg is the founder and president of Unlock Inspiration, a leadership development and executive coaching service that helps CEOs develop patterns that transform them into more present, authentic, and impactful leaders. Lesli was trained in an original leadership development approach created by Punit Aggarwal, the visionary behind Founder Bay, based on insights from 10,000+ coaching conversations and experiences, including in his role as Head of Entrepreneur Development at Google.

Lesli’s experience on both sides of the board room table gives her a unique perspective on the challenges that leaders face. As a director of public company and non-profit boards, Lesli guides CEOs and leadership teams to sharpen their strategy, strengthen their brand equity, and transform their business models to meet rapidly changing market and audience needs. In her role as an executive, Lesli led teams who built the reputations of some of the most iconic and respected media brands today including PBS, PBS KIDS, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.


Brigadier General Shawn W. Campbell

Director of USAF Manpower, U.S. Air Force

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Brig. Gen. Shawn W. Campbell is the Director of Manpower, Organization and Resources, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. He leads the management and oversight of the Air Force’s manpower enterprise encompassing more than 694,000 Total Force personnel and the programming of more than $61 billion in annual funding for the manpower portion of the Air Force Program Objective Memorandum. Additionally, he sets standards and policy for strategic manpower sourcing, performance management, organizational structure and manpower data systems.

Brig. Gen. Campbell received his commission from the United States Air Force Officer Training School in May 1996. He has served in a variety of positions and functions at national, theater and unit levels, including having commanded the 10th Air Base Wing at the U.S. Air Force Academy, the 375th Mission Support Group at Scott AFB, and the 62nd Services Squadron at McChord AFB. He has deployment experience supporting Operations Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, Brig. Gen. Campbell was an Air Force Strategic Policy Intern at the Pentagon, and a National Security Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


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.


Erica Curry VanEe

Urban Curry Consulting

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Erica Curry Van Ee, MPA is the Founder and CEO of Urban Curry Consulting LLC, where she inspires, empowers and equips leaders to change their world. Erica has spent the past two decades improving the effectiveness of leaders, organizations and communities through services that include leadership coaching and facilitation on strategy, planning, design, stakeholder engagement, organization and program development, talent alignment and impact evaluation. Erica facilitates workshops on a variety of management topics including purpose-filled leadership, creating and sustaining high performing teams, strategic doing, adaptive leadership, multigenerational differences in the workplace, and increasing individual, team and organizational effectiveness. Erica has custom designed and facilitated multiple learning experiences, including a 6-week talent development series for millennial women entitled Leading Edge, which was commissioned by the Center for Community Leadership, an initiative of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. She serves as practitioner faculty in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration for the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University where she teaches a 5 week accelerated course in Leadership Dynamics for returning adult students. She has also taught Strategic Management and Organizational Theory for the graduate school.

Erica’s clients have included consulting engagements with the Achievement Gap Initiative (AGI) at Harvard University, John G Gardner Center for Youth Development at Stanford University, Wallace Foundation, Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Metro Health Hospital Foundation, Frey Foundation, Heart of West Michigan United Way, Kent County, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC), Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders (GRIL), First Steps Kent, West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT), Our Communities Children, K-Connect, Partners Worldwide, Michigan Medical Group Management Association, Michigan Association of Health Underwriters, National Association of Health Underwriters, Jubilee Centers International and Leadership Barry County.

Erica holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and theatre from Eastern Michigan University, and graduated magna cum laude with a master's degree in public and nonprofit administration from Grand Valley State University, and holds certifications in Extended DISC, Conflict Management, Intercultural Development Inventory, Creating and Sustaining High Performing Teams and Restorative


Todd Hoskins

Canopy Gap

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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.


Eric Hyyppa

NETA President

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Eric Hyyppa is the President of the National Educational Telecommunications Association. Prior to joining NETA, Eric served for 11 years as Director and General Manager of MontanaPBS in Bozeman, Montana. He has a background in Information Technology, including a BS in Computer Science from Montana State University. He is a PBS veteran, with over 25 years in public broadcasting and extensive experience in television production, including work for every major network and many independent companies. He is a former member of the Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

Eric is past chair of the board of directors of the National Educational Telecommunications Association, past chair of the board of trustees of America’s Public Television Stations, past chair of public television’s Affinity Group Coalition, and past co-chair of the Organization of State Broadcasting Executives. He has also served on the board of directors of PBS as well as the board of directors for the Montana Broadcasters Association.

Eric resides in Columbia, South Carolina with his wife Alexis and daughter Annika.


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.