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Connect Class Program

Our mission is to educate, engage and inspire our state’s top young leaders.

Do you or someone you know have an interest in being a part of the Connect Program? Click HERE for details.

CONNECT CLASS 

At Leadership Florida, our mission is to continually discover and convene committed individuals, enhancing and recharging their leadership skills by introducing them to a powerful community through whom they find knowledge and inspiration. We engage Floridians by providing essential information and a meaningful forum for their opinions and create opportunities for shared experiences that are inviting, inspiring, and of lasting value.

Leadership Florida Connect 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 has developed into the sought-after statewide institute for professionals ages 25 – 39. Leadership Florida Connect is comprised of five sessions over a nine-month period in different locations throughout our State. Each programming session focuses on key issues and opportunities that are specific to Florida while intertwining leadership skills and development. Connect selects a class of diverse leaders to participate in programming and experiences with the goal of becoming educated, engaged, and inspired to make Florida a better place while forming lifetime connections and bonds among classmates.

One of the most rewarding and lasting benefits of the program is the chance to spend valuable time interacting with other leaders from a variety of professions, philosophies, and geographies who represent Florida's diverse ethnic and racial composition. The program sessions provide ample experiences designed to facilitate the deepening of relationships among the Class members and thus extend the network of relationships that form the fabric of our statewide leadership.

Graduation from our classes does not signify the end, but the beginning of a lifetime of opportunity as a member of the Leadership Florida membership network. Leadership Florida convenes regular meetings, regional and statewide, to facilitate continuing issues-oriented education, advanced leadership training, networking, and the opportunity for members to work together toward shared goals.

The over 3,100 graduates of Leadership Florida programs are men and women who serve as chief executive officers of some of Florida's top corporations, mayors, and other elected officials, executives of pivotal non-profit groups, and leading academicians. They are also farmers, managers of high-tech consortiums, rural hospital administrators, and head Florida's most important agencies. They own small businesses and even include law enforcement officers in communities throughout our state. They are committed to local and state communities through their collective service on over 5,000 boards of companies and organizations throughout Florida.

2020-2021 CLASS SESSION SCHEDULE

LEADERSHIP FLORIDA CONNECT CLASS 11

SELECTION CRITERIA

The Leadership Florida Selection Committee, comprised of Leadership Florida graduates from throughout the state, seeks to identify those individuals most likely to utilize their leadership abilities for the long-term benefit of Florida and individuals who are committed to making Florida a better place in which to live and prosper. Through the application process, including discussions with references, the committee strives to select participants who will provide the Class with broad professional, geographic, ethnic, and gender representation.

The basic profile of and criteria for selection include:

  • Senior-level leaders with significant achievements in career and community
  • Sincere concern about the future of Florida and a personal commitment to help shape its future
  • Demonstrated commitment to the community through past and present activities
  • The potential for exercising substantial leadership in the future
  • Willingness to commit the time and energy necessary to continue involvement in the organization

AGE REQUIREMENTS

Leadership Florida Connect and Cornerstone Program applicants must meet specific age requirements. The Leadership Florida Education Program has no age requirements.

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 Leadership Florida Connect Program.

The specified age is as of September 1 for the upcoming class year.  For example, for the 2021-2022 Program Year, the specified date is September 1, 2021.

PARTICIPATION

Participants are required to attend each session in its entirety to graduate with their class. Leadership Florida strictly enforces this policy.

TUITION AND PAYMENT POLICY

Tuition covers all of your registration fees, activities, local transportation, and most meals for the entire Leadership Florida Class program. The annual meeting registration fee and your first year of membership dues are also covered under your tuition.

Tuition does not include travel or hotel room fees for any of the sessions, including the Leadership Florida Annual Meeting.

Thank You to our Connect Class Sponsors!

Florida Blue
Florida Blue
4800 Deerwood Campus Pkwy
Jacksonville, FL 32246
1-800-352-2583
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company
700 Universe Blvd
Juno Beach, FL 33408
United States
1-800-226-3545
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
3228 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
United States
Florida League of Cities
Florida League of Cities
3725 Tom John Ln
Tallahassee, FL 32309
United States
850-222-9684
Publix
Publix
PO Box 407
Lakeland, FL 33802
United States
AT&T
AT&T
10375 Centurion Parkway North, 4th Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Bank of America
Bank of America
510 Highway A1A North
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
United States
813-225-8671
GrayRobinson
GrayRobinson
301 South Bronough Street, Suite 600
Tallahassee, FL 32301
United States
813-273-5188
Office Depot
Office Depot
6600 North Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33496
United States
Gunster
Gunster
777 S. Flagler Dr. Suite 500 E
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
United States
Gehring Group
Gehring Group
4200 Northcorp Pkwy, Suite 185
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
United States
iBERIABANK
iBERIABANK
1111 Brickell Ave., FL 30 440 S.W. 29th Road
Miami, FL 33131
United States
305-376-2461
Walmart Stores
Walmart Stores
1700 North Monroe Street, Suite 11-119
Tallahassee, FL 32301
United States
Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health South Florida
6855 Red Rd., Ste. 500 1120 NW 14th Street, CRB Suite 360
Coral Gables, FL 33143
United States
Seminole Tribe of Florida
Seminole Tribe of Florida
6365 Taft Street
Hollywood, FL 33024
United States
The Mosaic Company
The Mosaic Company
13830 Circa Crossing Dr
Lithia, FL 33547
United States
850-322-6237
Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo
1 Independent Drive, 10th Floor, MAC Z3094-102
Jacksonville, FL 32202
United States
University of Miami
University of Miami
PO Box 016960
Miami, FL 33101
Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando
1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Orlando, FL 32819
AdventHealth
AdventHealth
711 North Magnolia Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803
United States
JEA
JEA
1647 Challen Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32205
United States
Verizon
Verizon
7701 E Telecom Pkwy Mailcode # FLTDSB3E
Temple Terrace, FL 33637
United States
Firehouse Subs
Firehouse Subs
12735 Gran Bay Parkway, Suite 150
Jacksonville, FL 32258
904-606-5204
BBX Capital
BBX Capital
401 East Las Olas Blvd, Suite 800
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
United States
954-233-4161
Hoffman's Chocolates
Hoffman's Chocolates
401 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 800
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
United States
Gulf Power Company
Gulf Power Company
1 Energy Place
Pensacola, FL 32520
800.225.5797
Baptist Health Care
Baptist Health Care
Saltmarsh Financial Advisors
Saltmarsh Financial Advisors
900 North 12th Ave
Pensacola, FL 32501
United States
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