Annual Class Program

At Leadership Florida, our mission is to continually discover and convene committed individuals, enhancing and recharging their leadership skills by introducing them to a powerful community through whom they find knowledge and inspiration. We engage Floridians by providing essential information and a meaningful forum for their opinions, and create opportunities for shared experiences that are inviting, inspiring and of lasting value.

One of the many ways the organization is working to accomplish that mission is through its annual class program. For the last thirty-one years, between 40 and 70 leaders have been chosen annually to participate in a stimulating and thought-provoking nine-month educational program that consists of five two and three-day sessions held in cities throughout the state. These sessions include programming on issues critical to Florida, leadership skills assessment and training, and relevant information on Florida's history, demography, diversities, and opportunities. One of the most exciting elements of the program is the chance to spend valuable time interacting with other leaders from a variety of professions, philosophies, and parts of the state who represent Florida's diverse ethnic and racial composition.

Graduation from the class does not signify the end, but the beginning of a lifetime of opportunity as a member of the Leadership Florida membership network. Leadership Florida convenes regular meetings, regional and statewide, to facilitate continuing issues-oriented education, advanced leadership training, networking and the opportunity for members to work together toward shared goals.

The over 1,500 graduates of Leadership Florida are men and women who serve as chief executive officers of some of Florida's top corporations, mayors of major cities, executives of pivotal non-profit groups, and leading academicians. They are also farmers, managers of high-tech consortiums, rural hospital administrators and head Florida's largest agencies. They own small businesses and are law enforcement officers in cities throughout our state. Their commitment to local and state community is witnessed through their collective service on over 5,000 boards of companies and organizations throughout the state.

A limited number of tuition scholarships are available.  If you are applying for a scholarship, you must complete that form and email to NO LATER than May 5, 2017.  (The Selection Committee will not see who applies for scholarships.)

Please note: You must be 40 years of age or older on September 13, 2017 to be eligible to apply for the Annual Class Program. Applicants who will be under the age of 40 on the date noted above should complete the application for the Connect Florida Institute.

Apply Now!

Click here to apply online for Class XXXVI.
Click here to download a hard copy of the application for Class XXXVI.
Click here to download the tuition grant application.

Class XXXV at the Naval Flight Academy in Pensacola for their 2nd session


The Leadership Florida Selection Committee, comprised of Leadership Florida graduates from throughout the state, seeks to identify those individuals most likely to utilize their leadership abilities for the long-term benefit of Florida. The committee strives to select participants who will provide the class with broad professional, geographic, ethnic, and gender representation. Basic criteria for selection are:

  • A commitment, motivation and interest in serving Florida
  • A concern for Florida's welfare, demonstrated by past community and statewide activities
  • An interest in seeking key volunteer and/or appointed state leadership roles
  • Potential or existing occupational responsibilities that have significant influence on important issues facing the state

2017 - 2018 SESSIONS

Howey-in-the-Hills September 13 - 15, 2017
Naples November 15 - 17, 2017
St. Petersburg January 17 - 19, 2018
Tallahassee February 28 - March 2, 2018
Miami May 9 - 12, 2018

Annual Meeting

June 14 - 17, 2018