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.
Connect Florida Vision:
To be the statewide catalyst that empowers Florida’s next generation of leaders to make Florida a better place.
Connect Florida Mission:
To educate, engage and inspire our state’s top emerging leaders.
About Leadership Florida
Since 1995, Leadership Florida has produced programs for external audiences that encourage leadership and promote statewide community. By multiplying the individual talents and energies of Leadership Florida members by the force of their collective commitment to the state we create a powerful resource for Florida. This is expanded exponentially every year by sharing our message with hundreds of community leaders through the Leadership Florida Institute.
To ensure that Leadership Florida has broad community involvement, our programs use a combination of tuition and scholarships that are underwritten by corporations and foundations, to make sure deserving applicants can participate.