Leadership Florida Connect

Our mission is to educate, engage and inspire our state’s top young leaders.

Leadership Florida Connect is comprised of five sessions over a ten month period in different locations throughout our State. Each programming session focuses on key issues and opportunities that are specific to Florida while intertwining leadership skills and development. Connect selects a class of diverse leaders to participate in programming and experiences with the goal of becoming educated, engaged, and inspired to make Florida a better place while forming lifetime connections and bonds among classmates.

  • Class Size: 35 – 45 professionals between the ages of 25 and 39 are selected from across the State.
  • Cost per participant: $3,250 tuition (exclusive of travel and hotel costs). Meals and programming are included in tuition amount. Scholarships and partial scholarships may be available based on need.
  • Attendance: Participants are required to attend 80% of each session and miss no more than 4 half days. The beginning session is 100% mandatory.

“Leadership Florida Connect is blazing a trail for the future of Florida. Connect will give the next generation of leaders the tools they need to act now to facilitate change for years to come and make Florida a better place.” - Jon Levinson, Past Chairman, Leadership Florida

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

Please note: You must be 39 years of age or younger on September 13, 2017 to be eligible to apply for the Leadership Florida Connect program. Applicants who will be over the age of 39 on the date noted above should complete the application for the Leadership Florida Cornerstone program.

Apply for Leadership Florida Connect Class IX!

Check back in early 2018 to apply online for Connect Class IX.
Click here to download a hard copy of the application for Connect Class VIII.
Click here to download the tuition grant application.

2017 - 2018 Program Dates

Orlando October 5 - 7, 2017
Pensacola November 8 - 10, 2017
Tallahassee February 8 - 10, 2018
Miami April 12 - 14, 2018

Annual Meeting

June 14 - 17, 2018


 Thank you to our Connect VII sponsors!

SESSION I - Putting Leadership Theory Into Action
October 13 - 15, 2016

Program includes a leadership style assessment as well as implementation techniques.

• Increase your understanding of your leadership style,
• Exposure to Florida’s natural treasures and beauty,
• Laying the foundation to create lasting bonds, connections and friendships with your classmates.

SESSION II – Learn the Key Issues
December 8 - 10, 2016
St. Petersburg

Class Members will be able to make informed decisions about the issues affecting Florida and use the information to improve their businesses and communities. These issues include:

• Expanding knowledge of innovative healthcare and technology,
• Increasing your understanding of racial and divisional issues in our State,
• Exposing participants to Florida’s environment, wildlife, and green infrastructure,
• Continuing to cultivate lasting friendships with your classmates,

The Tampa session also serves as the Connect Florida Alumni Reunion. This allows participants from all classes to engage and connect with Connect Florida participants from across the State.

SESSION III - Know Your State
February 9 - 11, 2017

Participants will travel to their state's capitol to learn more in depth about top issues that will be discussed in the legislative session. This class program is tailored to educate leaders about statewide issues, develop personal relationships that will span our great state and provide leaders inspiration to work together to create a better Florida.

SESSION IV - Making an Impact
April 13-15, 2017

Participants will learn how to impact their organizations, communities and our state, and how to create a change model to achieve a desired result.

• Six Pillars – Florida’s Future economy
• Get Active - Elected officials will discuss how everyday citizens participate in the legislative process, with emphasis at the grassroots level.
• Public service and servant leadership
• Membership into the Leadership Florida network

SESSION V - Leadership Florida Annual Meeting
June 29 - July 2, 2017
The Breakers, Palm Beach

Participants will be able to see how the Connect Florida family fits into the Leadership Florida program at the Annual Meeting. Here they are integrated into the programming as well as networking of the entire organization. The class will be able to engage in the incredible programming and renown speakers that come to speak to all of the members.