2016 - 2017 - Leadership Florida Chair -- Jeff Wahlen

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Tallahassee, Fla – Jeff Wahlen, Attorney/Shareholder of Ausley McMullen was installed by Leadership Florida as its chair for the 2016-2017 year at the organization’s annual conference in Orlando on June 26. Wahlen is a graduate of Leadership Florida’s Class XXI and has served on its Board of Directors since 2006. He also served as its volunteer General Counsel from 2006 to 2015.

Since 1982, Leadership Florida, a respected non-partisan convener, has taken the lead in Florida for training and developing leaders with a statewide, rather than parochial, view of our state’s resources and needs. The organization produces educational programming for a wide spectrum of Florida’s leaders, including chief executive officers new to the state, seasoned business and non-profit executives, elected officials, young professionals, leaders in Florida K-12 education, and top college and university students. Its members are diverse in opinion, age, gender, geography, skills, interests, experience, ethnicity, occupation, and political affiliation, but unified in their respect for one another, and in their commitment to building a better state for all our citizens.

Leadership Florida, in partnership with the Florida Press Association, has produced 10 statewide televised political debates since 2006 and this year will be producing a debate in the Florida race for United States Senate on October 26, 2016 at Broward College in Davie, Florida.

“Leadership Florida has helped me and many others develop a statewide sense of community and appreciate Florida’s history, strengths and challenges,” said Wahlen. “I am honored to serve as chair and look forward to working alongside our members statewide as we continue to educate and inform the leaders and citizenry of our great State.”

In addition to his service to Leadership Florida, Wahlen has served in other leadership roles including terms as Chair of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, the Greater Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce, the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Leadership Tallahassee and the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, the creator and sponsor of college football’s Biletnikoff Award. He also served as National President of his college fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, and currently serves as Treasurer of The Ability Experience, the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi that promotes leadership development through service to and with persons with disabilities. Wahlen and his wife, Kris, and two children, Benjamin and Daniel, live in Tallahassee.

For more information, contact Mercy Joy Corlew at mcorlew@leadershipflorida.org.

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For thirty-five years, Leadership Florida has developed a reputation as a builder of a stronger, diverse statewide sense of community. A respected non-partisan convener of committed individuals, Leadership Florida enhances the knowledge and leadership abilities of Florida’s leaders through educational programs and by encouraging collaborative work for the betterment of our state. Leadership Florida provides Floridians essential information and a meaningful forum for their opinions and creates opportunities for shared experiences that are inviting, inspiring and of lasting value. Leadership Florida is a federally registered trademark.