Connect Program

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

Applications to apply for 2018-19 Leadership Florida Connect Class IX are now live! Click HERE to apply!

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.

  • Class Size: 35 – 45 professionals between the ages of 25 and 39 are selected from across the State.
  • Cost per participant: $3,300 tuition (exclusive of travel and hotel costs). Meals and programming are included in tuition amount. Scholarships and partial scholarships may be available based on need.
  • Attendance: Participants are required to attend 80% of each session and miss no more than 4 half days. The beginning session is 100% mandatory.

“Leadership Florida Connect is blazing a trail for the future of Florida. Connect will give the next generation of leaders the tools they need to act now to facilitate change for years to come and make Florida a better place.” - Jon Levinson, Past Chairman, Leadership Florida

A limited number of tuition scholarships are available.  (The Selection Committee will not see who applies for scholarships.)


To be the statewide catalyst that empowers Florida’s next generation of leaders to make Florida a better place.


To educate, engage and inspire our state’s top emerging leaders.

Please note: You must be 39 years of age or younger to be eligible to apply for the Leadership Florida Connect program. Applicants who will be over the age of 39 on the date noted above should complete the application for the Leadership Florida Cornerstone program.

Leadership Florida Connect Class VIII at their opening session in Orlando

Applications to apply for 2018-19 Leadership Florida Connect Class IX are now live! Click HERE to apply

Remaining 2017 - 2018 Program Dates include:

Annual Meeting

June 14 - 17, 2018


 Thank you to our Connect VIII sponsors!

April 12-14, 2018

Participants will learn how to impact their organizations, communities and our state, and how to create a change model to achieve the desired result. 

SESSION V - Leadership Florida Annual Meeting
June 14 - June 17, 2018
The Ritz Carlton, Sarasota

Participants will be able to see how the Connect Florida family fits into the Leadership Florida program at the Annual Meeting. Here they are integrated into the programming as well as networking of the entire organization. The class will be able to engage in the incredible programming and renown speakers that come to speak to all of the members.