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Leadership Florida Awards

Leadership Florida is proud of all the work Floridians are doing to strengthen our Sunshine State and excited to have four awards that provide opportunities for us to celebrate the hard work of individuals and organizations.

Each year, Leadership Florida recognizes Floridians that exemplify the mission, vision, and values of Leadership Florida. Nominations are accepted by active members during the Spring of each year. Award recipients are chosen and announced during the Annual Meeting each June.


"but for" Leadership Florida Award

The "but for" Leadership Florida Award was created in 2017 in recognition of Wendy Walker's 28 years of devotion to creating "but for" Leadership Florida experiences for our members. Its purpose is to recognize a Leadership Florida member who has used specific knowledge gained and/or relationships built through their Leadership Florida experiences to improve the lives of fellow Floridians. In addition to the honor itself, Leadership Florida will make a donation of $2,500 to the recipient's organization of choice, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.

The "but for" Leadership Florida Award Previous Recipients

2017 - Alex Sink
2018 - Mike Freed
2019 - Chris Hand & Lori Kifer Johnson
2020 - Nadine Smith


Distinguished Member Award

The purpose of the Leadership Florida Distinguished Member Award is to recognize a Leadership Florida member whose continued leadership activities, outside of their professional responsibilities, have exemplified the highest standards of Leadership Florida and whose activities achieved results or set an example of statewide influence.

Distinguished Member Previous Recipients

1990 - Jack Levine
1991 - Glenda Hood
1992 - Ron Saunders
1993 - Dorothy Weaver
1994 - Kathy Adams
1995 - Lester Abberger
1996 - Frank Ioppolo, Sr.
1997 - Clarence Anthony
1998 - Barbara Ann Blue
1999 - Pat Pepper
2000 - Bob Richardson
2001 - John Delaney
2002 - Pam Iorio
2003 - Pam Davis
2004 - Larry Lee
2005 - John Ruffin
2006 - Fred Leonhardt
2007 - John Sinnott
2008 - Ron Sachs
2009 - Jeff Bartel
2010 - Deanne Roberts
2010 - Steve Leifman
2011 - Steve Freedman
2012 - Randy Berridge
2013 - Mike Pender
2014 - Bob Buesing
2015 - Sean Pittman
2016 - Carolyn Johnson & Isabel Norton
2017 - Yvette Aleman
2018 - Mayor Don Slesnick II
2019 - Darnell Smith
2020 - Dick Batchelor

 


LeRoy Collins Lifetime Achievement Award

In recognition of the impeccable standards, Governor LeRoy Collins set for leadership in our state, in 1991 the Lifetime Achievement Award was renamed in his honor. The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual who, like Governor Collins, has gone above and beyond by using their leadership abilities over a lifetime to improve the quality of life for Florida's citizens and its future generations. The Recipient of this award does not have to be a member of Leadership Florida.

*Non-members are awarded Honorary Member Status

LeRoy Collins Lifetime Achievement Award Previous Recipients

1990 - Phil Lewis
1991 - Gov. LeRoy Collins*
1992 - Alvah Chapman
1993 - James E. Davis*
1994 - Chesterfield Smith
1995 - Hon. Carrie Meek
1996 - Dr. Stephen O'Connell
1997 - Jack Eckerd
1998 - Gov. Reubin Askew
1999 - John Edward Smith*
2000 - Gene Patterson
2001 - Judge Joseph Hatchett
2002 - Gov. Lawton Chiles*
2003 - Dr. John DeGrove
2004 - Al Burt
2005 - Fred Schultz
2006 - Nathaniel Reed
2007 - Sen. Bob Graham
2008 - Henri Landwirth
2009 - Charles & Saundra Gray
2010 - Dr. Michael Gannon
2011 - Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte
2012 - Ken Plante
2013 - H. Lee Moffitt
2014 - Lucy Morgan
2015 - Betty Castor
2016 - Bob Rhodes
2017 - Gov. Bob Martinez
2018 - The Honorable Justice Rosemary Barkett
2019 - Clyde Butcher
2020 - Dave Lawrence, Jr.

* indicates posthumously


Florida Impact Award

The Florida Impact Award (previously Statewide Community Award) recognizes a business or nonprofit organization that has created a specific project or body of work whose impact is currently transforming the future of its Region or beyond and has the potential to transform Florida as a whole.

Florida Impact Award Previous Recipients

2014 - Redlands Christian Migrant Association
2015 - The Village Square
2016 - The FLITE Center 2017 - Central Florida Partnership
2018 - JASMYN
2019 - Anna Maria Oyster Bar & Restaurant
2020 - K9s for Warriors

Statewide Community Previous Recipients

1996 - Florida Humanities Council
1997 - Holland & Knight
1998 - Florida League of Cities
1999 - Not awarded
2000 - Not awarded
2001 - Constitutional Revision Committee
2002 - NCCJ
2003 - JM Family Enterprises
2004 - Not awarded
2005 - Associated Marine Institutes
2006 - Bank of America
2007 - Not Awarded
2008 - AutoNation
2009 - Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida
2010 - Children's Home Society of Florida
2011 - Volunteer Florida
2012 - Publix Super Markets, Inc.
2013 - Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch



Awards FAQs

Is a previous recipient of one of the four Leadership Florida awards eligible to be nominated again?

No, one member can only win one award.

Who is eligible to win each award?

Only members are eligible to be nominated for the Distinguished Member Award and the “but for” Leadership Florida Award.
Both members and non-members can be nominated for the LeRoy Collins Lifetime Achievement Award.
A business or nonprofit organization can be nominated for the Florida Impact Award.

How can I submit a nomination?

During the spring of each year, nominations are accepted from active Leadership Florida members. All nominations must be submitted through the Leadership Florida official nomination form.

When are Award winners announced?

Recipients of each award are announced during the Annual Meeting in June of each year.

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