Leadership Florida Statewide Community Foundation, Inc.

Tallahassee, FL   |  www.leadershipflorida.org

Mission

We convene a statewide community of leaders to recharge their leadership skills and to educate and inspire them to work for a better Florida. We provide meaningful forums for sharing essential information and viewpoints; we create opportunities for experiences that are inviting, inspiring, and of lasting value.

Ruling year info

1994

Principal Officer

Ms. Wendy Spencer

Main address

3500 Financial Plaza Suite 300

Tallahassee, FL 32312 USA

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EIN

59-3201445

NTEE code info

Leadership Development (W70)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Leadership Florida is a unique organization that takes a holistic view of the conditions and challenges facing our great state and offers a continuum for expanding the impact of community leaders across the state. Created in 1982 by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Florida seeks to build a sense of statewide community by identifying and educating individuals who have the passion, commitment, and positioning to help make great things happen. The individual contributions of nearly 1,500 active Leadership Florida members are multiplied by their collective strength and enhanced by the distinct and diverse regions of Florida in which they reside. Knowledge is a key element of leadership, and each Leadership Florida program is designed to enhance understanding of issues critical to Florida. Leadership Florida also develops bonds among Floridians who combine their talents and resources to build an even greater Florida, community by community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Leadership Florida Cornerstone

At Leadership Florida, our mission is to continually discover and convene committed individuals, enhancing and recharging their leadership skills by introducing them to a powerful community through whom they find knowledge and inspiration. We engage Floridians by providing essential information and a meaningful forum for their opinions and create opportunities for shared experiences that are inviting, inspiring, and of lasting value.

One of the many ways we work to accomplish our mission is through our Cornerstone Class program. For our thirty-ninth class, 55 leaders aged 40 and older will be chosen to participate in a stimulating and thought-provoking nine-month educational program that consists of a series of two and three-day sessions held in cities throughout the state, the culmination of which is the equivalent of a sixth session where you will join fellow Leadership Florida members at our Annual Meeting. These sessions include programming on issues critical to Florida, refining well-developed leadership skills via sessions with leading experts, and relevant information on Florida's history, demography, diversities, challenges, and opportunities.

One of the most rewarding and lasting benefits of the program is the chance to spend valuable time interacting with other leaders from a variety of professions, philosophies, and geographies who represent Florida's diverse ethnic and racial composition. The program sessions provide ample experiences designed to facilitate the deepening of relationships among the Class members and thus extend the network of relationships that form the fabric of our statewide leadership.

Graduation from our classes does not signify the end, but the beginning of a lifetime of opportunity as a member of the Leadership Florida membership network. Leadership Florida convenes regular meetings, regional and statewide, to facilitate continuing issues-oriented education, advanced leadership training, networking, and the opportunity for members to work together toward shared goals.

The over 3,100 graduates of Leadership Florida programs are men and women who serve as chief executive officers of some of Florida's top corporations, mayors, and other elected officials, executives of pivotal non-profit groups, and leading academicians. They are also farmers, managers of high-tech consortiums, rural hospital administrators, and head Florida's most important agencies. They own small businesses and even include law enforcement officers in communities throughout our state. They are committed to local and state communities through their collective service on over 5,000 boards of companies and organizations throughout Florida.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Leadership Florida Connect is the state’s only leadership program that spans industry boundaries and focuses solely on developing Florida’s existing and emerging leaders. Created in 2009 as a Leadership Florida® program, Connect has developed into the sought-after statewide institute for professionals ages 25 – 39. Leadership Florida Connect is comprised of five sessions over a nine-month period in different locations throughout our State. Each programming session focuses on key issues and opportunities that are specific to Florida while intertwining leadership skills and development. Connect selects a class of diverse leaders to participate in programming and experiences with the goal of becoming educated, engaged, and inspired to make Florida a better place while forming lifetime connections and bonds among classmates.

One of the most rewarding and lasting benefits of the program is the chance to spend valuable time interacting with other leaders from a variety of professions, philosophies, and geographies who represent Florida's diverse ethnic and racial composition. The program sessions provide ample experiences designed to facilitate the deepening of relationships among the Class members and thus extend the network of relationships that form the fabric of our statewide leadership.

Graduation from our classes does not signify the end, but the beginning of a lifetime of opportunity as a member of the Leadership Florida membership network. Leadership Florida convenes regular meetings, regional and statewide, to facilitate continuing issues-oriented education, advanced leadership training, networking, and the opportunity for members to work together toward shared goals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Finding the path to vault Florida's K-12 public schools to national prominence is the central goal for the Leadership Florida Education Program participants.  The program includes accomplished superintendents, school board members, principals, teachers, state education department professionals, education foundation representatives, association leaders, business partners, and other public officials.  Over the course of eight months, the class members intensively focus on the opportunities and challenges associated with making Florida the number one state in the country for public education.

Each session provides program participants with a comprehensive look at K-12 education from international, national, and statewide perspectives for the purpose of advancing K-12 outcomes in Florida. Programs focus on educational systems, the examination of best practices, schools, classrooms, partnerships, innovation, and more!

The Leadership Florida Education program has been made possible through a unique partnership between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Helios Foundation, the Florida Department of Education, and PNC Bank endowing Leadership Florida with new resources to create and produce this program. This partnership recognizes Leadership Florida's unique position as the state's most respected non-partisan convener of leaders on critical issues facing Florida's future. Each organization recognizes that no issue is more important than education - an education that enhances the opportunity for all young people to have the life they deserve.

Members of the Leadership Florida Education Program are challenged to apply what they learn in their own work, whether it is in a classroom or a boardroom. The partners also intend for class members to build trusting relationships statewide that can be leveraged for the rest of their careers on behalf of Florida's students, families, and educators.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number refers to overall dues-paying members as of June 2022.

Total number of new organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This number includes members from the new Cornerstone, Connect, and Education Class programs.

Social Media Engagement

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In the first quarter of 2021, Leadership Florida had Facebook impressions of 40,860.

Overall Event Attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These totals reflect the number of attendees at all Leadership Florida events (in-person and virtual) held during each fiscal year. The total for July 2021 -June 2022 was 4,245.

Number of Lifetime Members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This total shows the number of Lifetime Members.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Florida Chamber Foundation projects Florida may add as many as five million new residents by 2030 across all regions, with the most significant gains coming in the next few years as the Baby Boomers head to retirement. The demographics for the state will shift as well; by 2030, nearly one out of every four Floridians could be over the age of 65, and today’s largest ethnic group, non-Hispanic whites, will account for less than half of all residents –making Florida a “majority minority” state. The state’s population and workforce will be increasingly multi-generational, with Millennial and GenZ residents accounting for an increasing share of Florida’s leaders. Florida’s economy will shift along with the demographics, with emerging industries related to innovation, technology, and logistics flourishing alongside longstanding strengths such as agriculture, construction, tourism, military, and financial services. Some estimates suggest more than half of all jobs in 2030 could be in industries or occupations that do not exist today.

As Florida evolves, so will our organization. Leadership Florida will enhance existing strategies and implement new ones to recruit high-quality members who closely mirror Florida’s increasing diversity, using new recruiting tools to analyze regions and find diverse candidates for classes and programs. By educating and empowering future leaders through Leadership Florida, the state will be prepared for global leadership, economic prosperity, and a continued high quality of life. Leadership Florida is well positioned for continued success. Membership applications from qualified individuals are at all-time high levels; educational experiences consistently receive positive evaluations; new member events are attracting many participants and sponsors; the organization’s financial position is solid; and Leadership Team and member participation are high. Leadership Florida has experienced annual growth of 12 percent in membership. To meet this growing demand for member participation, Leadership Florida must continue to find ways to grow its resource base.

• Maintain a strong and engaged Board of Directors and Leadership Team, and enlist these leaders to develop progressive and creative ideas for motivating members to engage collaboratively.
• Implement a plan over time to match the growth of the organization to sustain quality member engagement.
• Continue to sustain financial support for Leadership Florida through Lifetime Members and long-term partnerships with business, civic and nonprofit organizations.
• Structure Leadership Florida’s staff to support growth and engagement with members. Over time, leadership will identify and/or secure funding to hire staff to meet the goals for member recruitment and retention, superior class programming, enhanced resource development, and quality activities for members statewide.
• Evaluate the needs and demands for placing and/or assigning staff to support individual region activities and explore the idea of placing future new staff positions to be located in geographically strategic locations.
• Ensure and promote a strong member-centered “customer service” culture and practice where staff supports and serves the membership.
• Continue to communicate the role of Leadership Florida in supporting the statewide community of Florida.

• PROGRAMMING
Core Mission - Quality Class Programs
Life-After Class Experiences
Superb Partnerships
The Annual Meeting

• THE PATH TO ACHIEVE THE GOALS Raising our Resources
Amplifying our Members and Experiences Evaluating our Programs
Enhancing our Brand
Members Leading the Way
Responsible Investments
Fiduciary Responsibility
Recruiting Quality Floridians
Evaluating our Policies
Investing in our Staff and Operations

• MISSION FORWARD
Monitor Progress with the Strategic Plan as a Guide

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We don’t share the feedback we collect,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Leadership Florida Statewide Community Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Kam Patton

Collier Public Schools

Term: 2022 - 2023

John Horne

Anna Maria Oyster Bar

Kam Patton

Collier Public Schools

Tim Hogans

Florida Power & Light Company

Alberto Padron

Stinghouse Creative

Amy Mangan

Duke Energy

Ron Christaldi

Shumaker

Charley Caulkins

Fisher Phillips

Mark Wilson

Florida Chamber of Commerce

Wendy Spencer

Leadership Florida

Ashley Brown

Women's Resource Center

Bill Shepherd

Holland & Knight

Brandon Johnson

Sarasota County Schools

Dominic Calabro

Florida TaxWatch

Edrick Hamilton

Bradford County School District

Imran Siddiqui

Assoc. Vice President, Employment Solutions & BCEx

Jeanette Yaeger

Greatness

Karen Arnold

Tampa Bay Chamber

Keith Hoskins, USN

Navy Federal Credit Union

Mack Bernard

Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners

Michael Wynn

Sunshine Ace Hardware

Michelle Alban

Paramount

Noelle Goulart

Orlando Health

Rosie Nwakanma

Carnival Corporation & PLC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/30/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/30/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.