Leadership Bonita Program


Our Chamber is committed to the proactive, professional development of our community’s up-and-coming future leaders. These are the folks excelling in their industry and setting their sights on leadership roles within their organizations, in the public, private, and independent (non-profit) sectors. We find it extremely important to guide these individuals and help them develop into world-class leaders who can make positive contributions in the future in our region.

To make this happen, our Chamber facilitates the Leadership Bonita Program, now in its 17th year, which has graduated over 300 informed benevolent leaders. The purpose of the program is to provide quality leadership training and to introduce participants to how the interconnected engine of our community runs. The nine month program kicks off with a two-day leadership training retreat, complete with DISC personality assessments, group exercises, inspiring presenters, and more. Following the retreat, participants embark on 9 day-long discovery trips getting behind the scenes looks at the regions media outlets, water management facilities, the ecological environment, public services, healthcare system, economic development initiatives, and public safety systems.

CLICK HERE to Access the Application for the 2016-2017 Leadership Bonita Program

For more information contact Cindy Burgess at (239) 992-2943 and Cindy@BonitaSpringsChamber.com.


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“The Bonita Leadership Program opened my eyes to what our community has to offer, not only recreationally, but professionally.  In our geographical area we are blessed to be surrounded by many captains of their industries.  In participating in the Bonita Leadership Program you not only get to learn about them but you have the opportunity to spend time with them in ways that not many people will ever experience.  Leadership Classmates become friends for life.  This program was an incredible experience.” -Stan Geer, PGA, Bentley Village Golf Club (Class of 2014-2015)

“More than “worth it”, I made friends and contacts that will be a part of my life for, well, forever!” -Bobbi Bird (Class of 2008-2009)

“I joined the Chamber in 2001 as a new CPA in the area. I didn’t know anyone. I got on a few committees and went through Leadership (Class of 2003) with 23 other business people-many of whom I had never met or seen before. Through Leadership, we had an immediate bonding or common interest. These people became instant friends, and remain so, and they introduced me to other people they knew (and vice versa) at After-Hour events, etc. I made many new friends and picked up many new clients as a result of going through Leadership. Of course, I also learned a lot about Bonita, too!!” -Jon Davis, Jon E. Davis, CPA, P.A. (Class of 2002-2003)

“The program has been instrumental for me in both my career, as a Vice President for EverBank, and my personal life.  The program showed me the potential I had to be a leader at work and in my community.  As a member of the Executive Committee of the Chamber Board of Directors, I continually give back by participating on several committees i.e. Leadership Alumni, Accreditation, Holiday Party, and B2B Expo.  I am also a member of the American Business Women’s Association and the Women’s Council Realtors.  I’m a past board member of the Literacy Council of Bonita Springs and I participate annually on a United Way Allocations Committee.  Welcome to Leadership Bonita!  You will always treasure this experience” -Jeanne Burmeister, EverBank (Class of 2006-2007)