Connect Florida Statewide Leadership Institute
The Connect Florida Statewide Leadership Institute is a model unlike any other leadership program in the country. Each year, Connect Florida selects a group of diverse leaders to join a class that travels together across the state with the goal of becoming educated, engaged, and inspired to make Florida a better place.
Throughout the Statewide Leadership Institute, each class visits Jacksonville, Tampa, Tallahassee, Miami, and a fifth alternating location. Each programming session concentrates on key issues and opportunities that are specific to Florida while interlacing leadership skills and development.
The vast Leadership Florida network ensures that Connect Florida participants interact with the state’s top business, government and community leaders. Connections formed by classmates during the program transcend into lifelong bonds and opportunities.
"But For" Opportunities:
The Leadership Florida family is known for its "but for" opportunities. These are once-in-a-lifetime adventures or access to some of the state’s most cherished resources or representatives that participants would not experience "but for" Connect Florida.At 37,000 feet, Classes I & III participated in actual jet refueling missions on KC-135s stationed at Tampa’s MacDill AFB.
Who better to teach Classes I, II & IV about leadership theory than Donnie Horner, a former Professor of Leadership Education at the US Naval Academy?
Best-selling author Brad Meltzer provoked Class III to ask themselves “What will be written in my obituary?”
Class IV was treated to lunch and a lesson on business from Don Fox, the CEO of Firehouse Subs.
Past speakers:•Governor Rick Scott
•Bob Buckhorn, Mayor of Tampa
•Alvin Brown, Mayor of Jacksonville
•Tomas Regalado, Mayor of Miami
•Brad Meltzer, Best-Selling Author
•Mark Gordon, Odyssey Marine Exploration
•Dr. Donnie Horner, Professor of Leadership Education
•Peter Kageyama, Author
•Arch Lustberg, Communications Expert
•Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs
•Carlton Ward, Environmental Photojournalist
•Judge Steven Leifman, Miami-Dade County Court
•Glenn Robertson, Florida State Budget Director
More Information:•Download application for Class V
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