Benefits of Leadership SWFL

  • Develop life-long friendships and enduring professional connections
  • Heighten awareness of fundamental challenges and opportunities in SWFL
  • Emerge eager to pursue solutions and actively engage in the community
  • Graduate a more impactful and intentional leader in the region
  • Explore rare insights and fresh perspectives among a circle of impactful leaders

Who is Leadership SWFL for?

  • Individuals striving to further their understanding of the region to, in return, flourish into stronger leaders
  • Business professionals across a range of industries comprise our diverse class
  • Individuals ready to serve on boards and in other leadership roles in the region
  • New managers and leaders of teams
  • New to Southwest Florida area

Time Commitment & Schedule

The 8-month program spans from May to December and consists of a mandatory overnight class retreat and 9 full-day sessions.

Attending program sessions is essential to achieve the program’s full value. To graduate from this program, participants must attend the overnight retreat and a minimum of 7 full sessions. Participants who have more than 2 absences will be dropped from the class.

Leadership SWFL Retreat

  • Thursday – Friday, May 2 – 3, 2024
  • Includes mandatory overnight stay

Proposed Class Sessions (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

  • Friday, May 17: Session One
  • Friday, June 7: Session Two
  • Friday, June 28: Session Three
  • Friday, July 19: Session Four
  • Friday, August 23: Session Five
  • Friday, September 20: Session Six
  • Friday, October 25: Session Seven
  • Friday, November 8: Session Eight
  • Friday, December 6: Session Nine

* Please note dates and programs are subject to change.

* Programs are all-day sessions unless otherwise noted.


Application Process

  • Leadership SWFL will accept 40 participants into the class of 2024
  • Complete the online application in its entirety by March 22 to be considered for this program
  • Applications will be reviewed, and acceptance results will be given at the end of each month


  • Tuition for Leadership SWFL is $2,400
  • Applications are due on March 22, 2024
  • Tuition is non-refundable