August 21, 2008
Eleven (11) Northwest Florida Residents in Class XXVII and Fifteen (15) More on its Leadership Council
Tallahassee, Fla. – Leadership Florida announces the selection of its 27th Annual Class Program participants. Fifty-five of the most talented individuals from across our state are participating in an eight-month training and development program that many other leaders have regarded as one of their most significant educational and career experiences. In addition to an opening retreat held in Palm Beach next month, four cities in Florida have been selected to host a session that lasts two- to three-days: Lakeland, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Coral Gables. Each of the sessions will provide an in-depth exploration of a topic of great importance to all Floridians, and all sessions include specific training for building leadership skills. Program content is nonpartisan and provides a variety of viewpoints on issues that include Florida’s education, governance, economy, growth, environment, demographics, arts, historic preservation and health care.
The Annual Class Program of Leadership Florida uses a competitive process to select from among many qualified applicants throughout the state. To date, more than 1,200 individuals have graduated from Leadership Florida. Participants are chosen for their leadership abilities, passion about our state, and their commitment to help make great things happen for Florida. Special emphasis is placed on selecting participants that represent Florida’s abundant diversity. Leadership Florida members include senior executives in some of Florida’s most prestigious corporations, government officials on local and state levels, independent business people, and nonprofit executives. Members of Leadership Florida serve on more than 5,000 corporate and non-profit boards throughout the state, providing key leadership in their local communities, as well as on state commissions and in elected office.
The 2008-2009 class members from the Northwest Region of the state include:
Director of Emergency Management
Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service
Executive Vice President
Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Executive Vice President & CFO
Capital City Bank Group
Special Counsel to the CFO
Florida Department of Fiancial Services
Florida Department of Education
Director of External Affairs
The Nature Conservancy
Dean, College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance
Florida State University
President & CEO
Florida Press Association
Vice President, External Affairs & Corporate Services
Holland & Knight LLP
The newly-elected Leadership Council of Advisors had their annual retreat last month in Coral Gables. Serving on the Council from the Northwest Region are:
Florida House of Representatives
Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of Alex Sink, CFO
Shareholder & Attorney
Hopping Green & Sams, P.A.
JEJ Associates, Inc.
Department of Legal Affairs
Florida Housing Finance Corporation
Capital City Banc Investments
Pittman Law Group, P.L.
General Counsel & Special Assistant to the Director
Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
Ausley & McMullen, P.A.
MW Land & Investments
President and CEO
Florida Chamber Of Commerce
[For more information, contact Wendy Abberger, President, Leadership Florida toll free at (877) 352-5323, or direct (850) 521-1221, fax (850) 521-1229, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic photos of the individuals mentioned in this press release are available on request.]
Leadership Florida is a statewide community of leaders actively engaged in understanding and serving Florida. By developing a reputation as a builder of a stronger, diverse statewide sense of community, Leadership Florida has become a respected non-partisan convener, taking the lead in training and developing leaders with a statewide, rather than parochial, view of our state’s needs.