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The UCF NanoScience Technology Center congratulates Administrative Assistant Diane Maldonado on her graduation from the Leadership Enhancement Program (LEP) offered through the University of Central Florida’s Office of Diversity Initiatives.

This prestigious program, which ran from August 2011 to April 2012, is a consortium involving participants of UCF and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is designed to provide leadership development opportunities for today’s educational environment. The program is open to women and racial ethnic minority employees at UCF.

Diane worked with her mentor, Dr. Bill Blank, in creating and presenting a “Recipe for Success” Workshop to Enhance Professional Development Opportunities for minority students and other interested participants. She attended monthly seminars presented by both UCF administration and several external consultants relevant to higher education administration and worked to further develop professional knowledge, skills and abilities to reach higher career goals.

In addition, the LEP scholars along with Diane, hosted a very successful Leadership Institute (Empowering Leadership for a Global Society) in the Spring of 2012 that included several workshops and discussion panels attended by as many as 190 participants. As part of the program, Diane also participated in the third annual Leadership and Diversity Conference in Orlando, FL.