Connect Florida

Connect Florida is the state’s only leadership program that spans industry boundaries and focuses solely on developing Florida’s existing and emerging leaders. Created in 2009 as a Leadership Florida® program, Connect Florida has developed into the sought-after statewide institute for professionals ages 25 – 39.

There are two main segments in Connect Florida. These include its annual highly selective Statewide Leadership Institute where Connect Florida selects participants to be a part of a “class” that travels across the state. The program convenes these leaders in some of the State’s top cities to learn about the critical issues addressing the citizens of Florida.  Membership in Connect Florida is granted upon successful completion of this program.

Connect Florida also opens a handful of its programs to non-members on an invitation basis. One such event, Connect Florida Day at the Capitol draws together young professionals from across the state to learn from key decision makers about the issues that are being discussed during the legislative session.

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To be the statewide catalyst that empowers Florida’s next generation of leaders to make Florida a better place.


To educate, engage and inspire our state’s top emerging leaders.

Connect Class VII at their opening session in Jacksonville

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