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Effective Leadership Academy (ELA) & Flo Brett

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Organization Bio

ELA’s mission is to help young people develop their most valuable asset – themselves

ELA has worked with young people across Northeast Ohio for the past nine years, providing them with invaluable leadership and self-development opportunities, in direct partnership with local schools and youth-serving agencies. We work diligently to equip youth along the 5th grade-college continuum with the “real world” skills they need to be successful in school and work- and citizenship-ready upon graduation.

Our founding principle is that leaders are made, not born. It is our responsibility to help the young people in our communities to learn how to turn their potential into performance. We provide a transformational experience to inspire youth to become their very best selves by teaching them transferable deep learning skills (e.g., communication, teamwork).

According to research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation, and Stanford Research Center, 85% of job success comes from having well-developed soft skills and people skills, whereas only 15% comes from technical skills and knowledge. For this exact reason, ELA provides the soft skills training that our partners do not have the skills, resources, or expertise to offer their students, preparing them to be both work- and citizenship-ready upon graduation.

Presenter Bio

Flo Brett, the Founder of The Effective Leadership Academy is a graduate of Derby University and Loughboro University in England with degrees in Nursing and Leadership Development, specializing in helping teams and individuals achieve improved personal results through action-based team-building strategies, goal achievement, and positive attitude development. Her twenty-five year career includes accomplishments in training and development, direct management, merger and acquisitions, managing complex cultural change, and she has driven quality initiatives across large organizations.  She has developed and implemented leadership and development programs from board to operational staff, university-level teaching and teaching within many Pre K – Grade 12 establishments.

Flo has improved and affected leadership teams within various employee groups in corporate organizations and school settings, motivated staff and students to accomplish goals they did not think was achievable, and left a lasting impression within many organizations. Flo strongly believes that your thoughts, values and beliefs, create your reality…  They form the attitudes that drive your behavior.  If you want better results, you have to change the behavior that drives them.

Flo has three children (22, 21 and 18) and enjoys walking, skiing, and contributing to local community service projects in Cleveland Ohio.


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