Welcome to Leadership Florida!
Leadership Florida was created in 1982 by the Florida Chamber of Commerce to “educate and expose a select number of Floridians to the social and economic issues facing the state in order to stimulate their interest in using their knowledge and ability to seek leadership positions where they may work toward solutions for the public interest.” The first application for the program read, “The class will consist of no more than 50 individuals representing business and industry, various professions, the public sector and other non-profit organizations.”
More than 1,800 men and women have graduated from the annual Class Program, Connect Florida, and College Leadership Florida and constitute a membership base more active than any other statewide leadership program in the country. In order to facilitate frequent interaction among members, Florida is divided into nine geographic regions, each of which holds regular meetings and other activities. In addition, members serve on more than twenty Leadership Florida committees, supporting in a volunteer capacity the production of the class program, regional activities, an annual membership meeting and Institute programs, as well as overseeing recruitment, selection, communications, governmental appointments, finance, funding, awards, membership programs, nominating and such special projects. These same members have contributed more than $1,000,000 to an endowment campaign to establish on-going support for member programs and services.