Amanda Beights Details
Amanda Beights is the Vice President of the Leadership Collier Foundation, an affiliate of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. In this capacity, she manages the Foundation’s programs, including: Leadership Collier™, Youth Leadership Collier™, Growing Associates In Naples™ (GAIN™), and Campaign for Leadership™. Additionally, Amanda administers the Foundation’s Alumni Association, comprised of over 1,800 graduates to date; acting as the primary alumni programs director and liaison for the Foundation’s Board of Directors. As the Leadership Collier Foundation continues to expand work with youth and workforce development, Amanda also oversees the implementation of the Chamber’s work-based learning initiatives.
Amanda, an experienced educator, earned her BS from Ohio University and her MA Summa Cum Laude from Florida Gulf Coast University. Her ten years of experience teaching included leadership roles such as: Dean of Early Childhood Education and Master In-Service Coordinator with Royal Palm Academy in Naples, Florida; Lead Teacher at St. James Lutheran School in Chicago, Illinois, and member of the Core Leadership Team at the Catherine Cook School in Chicago, Illinois.
Amanda is a graduate from the Institute for Organization Management (IOM), the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management.
Amanda enjoys serving her community and sits on the Collier Child Care Resources Advisory Board, Blue Zones Community Engagement Committee, Next Generation Board for the Shelter for Abused Women and Children, Naples Historical Society Young Executive Society (YES! Ambassadors), and chair’s the Grace Lutheran Preschool School Board. In the past, Amanda volunteered at PAWS No Kill Humane Shelter in Chicago, served on the St. Luke Lutheran School Board of Education, was Golden Halo Award nominee, and featured in a national Sprint commercial in 2011 for educational technology. Most recently, Amanda was recognized as one of Gulfshore Business’ 40 Under 40 in 2016, and a Naples Illustrated Rising Star in 2017.