Leadership SWFL Applications Open for the Class of 2023

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Leadership SWFL applications open for the Class of 2023

By: Tiffany Esposito, MBA, CCE, IOM, APR, President & CEO, SWFL Inc.

Now more than ever, leaders in Southwest Florida require a strong area network and a deep understanding of how the region operates to succeed. If you or a professional you know is looking to deepen their understanding of the components that make up this region and emerge a stronger leader, consider applying to Leadership SWFL!

Leadership SWFL is the region’s premier community immersion program dedicated to providing business professionals with a deeper understanding of the community and creating a cohort of individuals ready to serve as effective leaders in the region. Not only does the program connect area leaders and provide them with a better understanding of how the region works, but it educates them on how they can get more engaged and make a bigger difference in the area.

Founded in 1999, this program includes nine day-long sessions and an overnight retreat between May and December. Each session provides attendees with an in-depth look at a different aspect of Southwest Florida, from infrastructure to tourism, and more. Graduates will build essential relationships and foster a better understanding of the inner workings of Lee, Collier and Charlotte Counties.

One of my favorite parts of this program is how quickly it brings the class of participants together. On the first day of the retreat, everyone walks in looking a little nervous and maybe even skeptical about what they’ll gain from it. But by dinner that night, the group is laughing, swapping contact information, they’re excited for the rest of the program and even already have inside jokes.

We’re constantly expanding the reach of our trips and tours, but some of the most beloved tours the class takes include a back-of-the-house tour of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, a tour of Punta Gorda Airport and even a behind-the-scenes look at the Bonita Springs Fire Control & Rescue District where participants try on gear, put out a controlled burn and even use the jaws of life.

If you are interested in these exclusive experiences, a big-picture view of our region and looking to grow your network, I hope you’ll apply for Leadership SWFL’s Class of 2023. Applications to be considered for early acceptance are due December 15, 2022 and are available online at www.swflinc.com/leadership-swfl-2023. Those who apply before this date will be notified early in 2023 on their status. Don’t hesitate to contact Hannah Phillips, Director of Programs and Events, at [email protected] or 239-992-2943 with questions.