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.

Applications to apply for Leadership Florida Connect Class IX will be out in early 2018


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 VIII sponsors!

October 5 - 7, 2017

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

• Increase your understanding of your leadership style,
• Exposure to Central Florida’s natural treasures, cultural diversity, and beauty,
• Learn the impact of tourism and transportation industries have on Florida,
• Better understand the community impact of the Pulse nightclub shooting

November 8 - 10, 2017

• Expand knowledge of issues and economic development in the Panhandle,
• Increasing your understanding of Florida's military and aviation roots,
• Exposure to innovation in education, technology and robotics,
• Continuing to cultivate lasting friendships with your classmates

February 8 - 10, 2018

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.

April 12-14, 2018

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

SESSION V - Leadership Florida Annual Meeting
June 14 - June 17, 2018
The Ritz Carlton, Sarasota

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.