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Leadership Florida Announces New Class Fifty-five of Florida’s Top Leaders Selected for Class XXVIII

by Sheryl Vieira
VENICE, FL - Leadership Florida announces the selection of its 28th 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 Howey-in-the-Hills this month, four cities in Florida have been selected to host a session that lasts two- to three-days: Cocoa Beach, Tampa, Tallahassee and Miami. 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, 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 1,250 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.

For a list of the 2009-2010 class members from throughout the state, click here.

[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: wabberger@leadershipflorida.org. Electronic photos of the individuals mentioned in this press release are available on request.]

Leadership Florida
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.