Connect Florida's Inaugural Statewide Institute Class for Young Professionals Kicks Off Its First Session in Jacksonville

In Partnership with Jacksonville University

Oct 01, 2010, 23:44 ET from Connect Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Connect Florida (, the first statewide young professionals program in the nation, is proud to announce its first session of The Statewide Leadership Institute (, a unique Florida-wide leadership development program to cultivate Florida's next generation of leadership. The weekend-long session will take place October 1st through the 3rd.

During The Institute's first session, Putting Leadership Theory into Action, facilitated and hosted by Jacksonville University, participants will get an in-depth leadership assessment, capped by the development of implementation steps for a personal development and professional leadership plan. The talented participants, who range between the ages of 21 and 35, were chosen through an application process for their leadership abilities, passion, and commitment to create a better Florida.

The Institute programming is structured into three weekend-long sessions over an eight-month period, with an online collaboration component supplementing face-to-face meetings. Its goal is to give young professionals the tools they need to advance in both their personal and professional lives, with the hope they will stay in Florida and use their leadership to make Florida a better place. The Institute strives to include young professionals from all sectors, as well as geographic areas, of Florida.

Applications for Class II will be available in February. For further details and to download the application form, visit, call (877) 352-5323 or send an email to Connect Florida's Executive Director Sara Bennett via Download a brochure about the program at

About Connect Florida

Connect Florida, a program developed by Leadership Florida in 2006, is the first statewide young professionals organization connecting Florida's Leaders in the 21 to 35 age range. The organization is committed to being an active network for young leaders seeking to develop, personally and professionally, while impacting and connecting with each other, their communities and the State of Florida. For more information on membership, program opportunities and applications, visit

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