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Leadership Lee County Mission Statement
Leadership Lee County is dedicated to strengthening and transforming our community by providing an interactive learning experience creating informed leaders who are inspired to serve as community trustees. The program develops a network of informed, capable and willing leaders who guide this community’s future and who share a sense of camaraderie and mutual respect.
Leadership Lee County is a proactive series of retreats, seminars and site visits designed to expose current and emerging leaders to Southwest Florida's greatest challenges and opportunities. The 12-week intensive program begins with a look at our community history followed by a weekend retreat. Eleven full-day sessions follow every other Friday; see the attached calendar. Sessions begin at 8:30 am with a networking luncheon and conclude generally by 5:00 p.m. A graduation dinner and celebration concludes the program activities and celebrates the addition of each class of new community leaders to the auspicious alumni group.
Leadership Lee County addresses topics including our community history, community trusteeship, servant leadership, economic bases, healthcare,
social challenges, law enforcement and criminal justice, agriculture, local government, media, the developer's perspective, the arts, cultural diversity and the role of volunteerism within our community. Programs are held at various locations throughout Lee County, providing participants an opportunity to view some of our community's unique facilities and assets.
Participants in Leadership Lee County are selected after submitting a completed application, which is thoroughly reviewed by the selection committee. In
selecting the class, committee members first select the most qualified candidates by reviewing all aspects of the application. They then develop a class from those candidates, which provides the best mix of public/private representation, as well as adequate geographic participation from throughout Lee County and the Southwest Florida region.
Developed in 1985, the program was originally a joint venture of the Cape Coral and Fort Myers Chambers of Commerce and the Business Development Corporation of Southwest Florida. The program proved to be a tremendously successful first effort by these organizations and the overall Lee County community in developing a countywide perspective and appreciation for issues that have far-reaching impact. Thus, Leadership Lee County began the development of a pool of leaders who shared common knowledge and the desire for a common vision for our community.
On January 1, 1988, the newly consolidated Chamber of Southwest Florida assumed sole administrative responsibility for Leadership Lee County. The program is supported by the staff of the Chamber and is governed by a Steering Committee composed of program alumni who hold leadership positions throughout the community. Steering Committee members serve two-year terms.
For further information on Leadership Lee County, contact:
The Chamber of Southwest Florida 5237 Summerlin Commons Boulevard
Suite 114 Fort Myers, Florida 33919
Phone: (239) 278-4001