Apply for a Leadership Florida Class Program!

Thank you for your interest in Leadership Florida!

The application window for our 2024-2025 classes closed on March 8, 2024 at noon (EST). If you are interested in applying for 2025-2026, please click here to complete our Intent to Apply form to be notified of upcoming dates and deadlines.

About Leadership Florida

Leadership Florida is a unique organization that takes a holistic view of the conditions and challenges facing our great state and offers a continuum for expanding the impact of community leaders across the state. Created in 1982 by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Florida seeks to build a sense of statewide community by identifying and educating individuals who have the passion, commitment, and positioning to help make great things happen.

The individual contributions of over 1,500 active Leadership Florida members are multiplied by their collective strength and enhanced by the distinct and diverse regions of Florida in which they reside. The members of Leadership Florida are dedicated not only to their local communities but also to the statewide community of Florida. From its vibrant annual classes, to active region groups, to its broad committee structure encouraging long-term involvement by all members, Leadership Florida is a dynamic organization designed to promote statewide leadership. While leadership programs exist locally and in many other states, none rival Leadership Florida’s ambitious class offerings. 

Knowledge is a key element of leadership, and each Leadership Florida program is designed to enhance understanding of issues critical to Florida. Leadership Florida also develops bonds among Floridians who combine their talents and resources to build an even greater Florida, community by community.

Hear what our members have to say about the Leadership Florida experience:

Class Program Information

Our Leadership Florida Class Programs run from September through May and are up to 5 sessions each.  Attendance at all sessions is required. 

Which Leadership Florida Class Program is the right one for you?

  • Applicants must be 40 years of age or older to be eligible for the Cornerstone Class Program.
  • Applicants aged 25-39 are eligible for the Connect Class Program.
  • There are no age requirements for the Education Class Program.

The specified age is as of September 1 for the upcoming class year.  For example, for the 2024-2025 Program Year, the specified date is September 1, 2024.

2024-2025 Class Session Dates & Locations

Cornerstone Class 42

October 25-27, 2024: River Ranch
December 11-13, 2024: Jacksonville
January 13-15, 2025: Tallahassee
March 5-7, 2025: Tampa
April 22-24, 2025: Miami
June 5-8, 2025: Tampa

Connect Class 14

September 22-24, 2024: Howey-in-the-Hills
November 20-22, 2024: Tallahassee
February 5-7, 2025: Daytona
April 25-27, 2025: Miami
June 5-8, 2025: Tampa

Education Class 9

September 25-27, 2024: Howey-in-the-Hills
November 18-20, 2024: Tallahassee
January 31, 2025: Virtual
March 26-28, 2025: Orlando
June 5-8, 2025: Tampa (optional)


We encourage potential applicants to use these downloadable applications to prepare their final applications.  Documents are available in PDF and Word formats and can be downloaded below.  The official Leadership Florida Application may be modified from the sample below and will need to be completed using our online form.

It is a rare exception when Leadership Florida accepts a member into more than one Class Program.  If you are a current member of Leadership Florida and are interested in applying for a Class different from the one you graduated from, please email Abbey Stewart, Director of Class Programs, to discuss your situation so we can provide some guidance.

Sample Class Program Applications:

The tuition cost for classes is as follows:

  • $5,500 Cornerstone
  • $4,000 Connect
  • $2,295 Education (school-based public school employees may be eligible to receive a tuition waiver)

Note: hotel and transportation costs are not included in tuition.