2390 Tamiami Trail North, Su
Naples, FL 34103
Amanda Beights, Vice President, Leadership Collier Foundation
The mission of the Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF), a 501(c) 3 corporation, is to build a broad-based network of community leaders who enhance their leadership abilities and skills through continuing education, shared perspectives and community involvement in order to enable them to work toward solutions in the public interest. The Foundation accomplishes this through the program it governs:
Growing Associates in Naples™ (GAIN™)
Youth Leadership Collier™
Emerging Leadership Council
Campaign for Leadership™
LCF Alumni Association™
Through the work of the LCF Alumni Association™, graduates continue to build alliances, foster goodwill and civic trusteeship that will strengthen Collier County through nonprofit organizations, local government boards and our schools while enhancing relations with other like-minded, influential community leaders.
The LCF Board of Directors sets policy for all of the leadership programs produced and/or administered by the LCF.
Target Audience: Young Professional
Average Size: 40 - 50
Tuition: $750 - $1000
Growing Associates in Naples™ (GAIN™) is a program specifically designed for emerging leaders and professionals in Collier County of ages 21-40. Participants will learn about local government, charitable organizations, arts, commerce, law enforcement, tourism, education and other resources so that graduates can become involved and be an effective contributor in the community
Exclusive experiences that take you behind-the-scenes of Collier County businesses and governmental institutions.
Relationships that pay dividends personally and professionally.
Public recognition as a rising leader armed with credentials as someone with demonstrated ability to take on leadership challenges and serve on civic boards and committees.
Stronger, more aware leaders, regardless of the size of your organization.
Valuable business connections with the Collier County’s top corporations.
Local recognition as an organization dedicated to growing the next generation of leaders in our community.
GAIN runs from mid-February through early April and includes nine, 2 ½ hour sessions focused on professional development and peer networking. Session programs typically run from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons.
Target Audience: Adult
Average Size: 40 - 50
Tuition: $2000 - $2500
Leadership Collier™ was formed by the Chamber in 1988 to develop a network of informed citizens prepared to assume leadership roles in our community. The Chamber believes knowledge is a key element and prime motivator of leadership. Consequently, the primary objective of Leadership Collier is to educate local business leaders about the societal and economic challenges facing the community today.
This program runs from September through March and includes 10 full-day sessions.
Now in its 29th year, Leadership Collier is an eight-month experience that is transformational for both participants and the organizations they lead. Through hands-on experiences, participants fully explore local government, education, economic development and the arts. You’ll see it all through the eyes of experienced area leaders who deal every day with our community’s biggest challenges. With the benefit of new perspectives and connections, participants are prepared to take their places as effective community leaders.
How Individuals Benefit
Broader and deeper perspective on Collier County and your role in the community.
Discover issues you are passionate about, and areas to become more involved by experiencing them firsthand.
Build a strong local network, deepening individual connections to the community and making friendships for a lifetime!
How Organizations Benefit
Leadership Collier participants meet fellow community leaders, establish connections and expand their circle of influence. Your company leaders establish relationships that will provide new opportunities to serve the community and deal firsthand with local issues.
Full-day opening retreat followed by 10 programs days, September through March.
Target Audience: Youth
Average Size: 30 - 40
Tuition: $500 - $750
The mission of Youth Leadership Collier™ (YLC) is to develop ethical leaders committed to active community involvement. Now approaching our fifteenth year of programming, YLC has reached over 500 students to date. YLC empowers students to become effective leaders through hands on experiences and field work with key organizations, while encouraging returning or staying in Collier County to begin careers and community leadership.
Youth Leadership Collier is a week-long intensive program that begins with a weekend of team-building and leadership enhancing activities. Participants then interact in daily sessions designed to give them first-hand experience in different aspects of the community. Topics include local government, healthcare, law enforcement, business, agriculture, media, human services, environment, and the arts.
YLC will be held June 1 -7, 2019.
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How Individuals Benefit
Unforgettable experiences and relationships that support students’ future success.
50 hours of community service.
Youth Leadership Collier (YLC) runs 7 full days in June, typically the week after school ends. Saturday, Sunday, and Friday will include evenings, while Monday through Thursday sessions typically end around 5pm.
Who Should Apply
Be a member of the junior class of a Collier County school (includes public, private, alternative and home-schools).
Demonstrate leadership in your school and/or the community.
Have an interest in furthering your knowledge about Collier County and community leadership.
Commit to 100% PARTICIPATION in the YLC program week.
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