Debbie BedardClass of 2020
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"My goal for Leadership SWFL was to learn about the community in which I live and work. I was more than pleased that Leadership fulfilled that goal plus a whole lot more. I am thankful for the connections I made, the information I gained and the understanding of my community. Thank you Leadership SWFL for granting me the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful program."
Christina LaTourClass of 2020
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"This leadership program has been one of the best investments of my time. Over the course of the program I had the opportunity to improve my communication skills, be an active listener, and utilize my critical thinking skills in a new way. This program has given me an incredible group of friends and also allowed for me to connect with Valerie's House - an organization that holds a very special place in my heart. I have benefited both personally and professionally due to my participation in this program!"
Lindsey MortonClass of 2020
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“Leadership SWFL was truly an eye-opening experience. It not only gives you the opportunity to spend time with inspirational leaders, it offers a rare inside look at different institutions that make our community such an incredible place to live. It pushes you out of your comfort zone, and challenges your own leadership skills. The wealth of knowledge gained and the life-long relationships formed during the eight eventful weeks made the entire experience truly valuable."
Joey BelangerClass of 2020
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"I would gladly recommend this program to anyone that is considering sending one of their employees or participating themselves. As a lifelong Southwest Florida resident this program opened my eyes to the inner workings and parts of Southwest Florida that I never knew. I am grateful to had the opportunity to participate in Leadership SWFL as I was not only able to gain invaluable connections, but also make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime."

Leadership SWFL

Leadership SWFL is a community immersion program dedicated to developing business professionals with a greater understanding of the community and creating a network of individuals ready to serve on boards and in other volunteer leadership roles in the region.

The primary objective of Leadership SWFL is to educate business professionals about the economic, demographic and societal resources and challenges in the region.

Program participants develop life-long friendships and enduring professional connections.

Dates & Times

The program includes a kick-off retreat September 24-25 and eight full-day Friday sessions. Many of our sessions have been rescheduled due to COVID-19. We will update this website as dates are confirmed.

Friday dates are listed below:


• September 25
• October 16
• November 13
• December 11
• More dates TBD

Join Leadership SWFL

Create a network of professional friendships that last a life time. Empower your career today.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Scholarship Sponsor

Class Session Sponsor

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Leadership SWFL Class of 2020 in Partnership With:

Important Notice

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have postponed our large gatherings of events and programs through May 31.
Our Visitor Center and The Hub will also be closed during this time.

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