NA IFA's Leadership in Life Institute (LILI)

Class Being Formed for 2019
NAIFA-Florida is looking to form at least one LILI class in 2019 -- and is trying to determine the level of interest from members.
Developed by NAIFA, LILI is provided at the state level to benefit individual members. The institute was designed specifically to develop high-caliber leaders through personal growth and is built upon the conviction that leadership of others begins with leadership of oneself. LILI creates a culture - a unique learning environment - which encourages participants to bring out the best in themselves, and then apply what is learned across every aspect of their lives. The coursework is presented in six one-day sessions over a six-month period. Class size is limited to 12 students.  (For more information about the program, please see below.)
Actual dates and location(s) of the classes have not been determined. That will be determined by those students who are interested in taking the class.
If you're interested or would like more information, please contact Tom Ashley, NAIFA-Florida CEO at 

Moderators are highly-trained in the course material and in the dynamics of working with small groups.  
Click here for a testimonial video from 2017 LILI graduate Michele Wilkinson, as provided by the NAIFA-Florida Education Foundation (NFEF).

Participation in LILI is through the application process only. Requirements: Must be a NAIFA member for at least one year or a new member with at least five (5) years of industry experience. Associate member (only 1 permitted per class). A student is permitted to miss only one session due to an emergency. An application is required, but it does not guarantee acceptance.
Tuition and Scholarship Information
Tuition is $890 (does not include hotel, travel, or meals).   
More information about LILI can be found here on the NAIFA website .
If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Tom Ashley, NAIFA-Florida CEO at  ( ).
Available only to NAIFA members, the LILI program offers: 
  • The best in leadership and personal-development thinking
  • Tools to improve your practice and create a business plan
  • Increased understanding of self and improved interpersonal relationships
  • Expanded professional network and opportunities for growth through LILI alumni programs
  • Leadership opportunities in NAIFA
  • The One Page Business PlanĀ® by Jim Horan
  • The Kolb Learning Style Inventory
  • Emotional Intelligence (EQ) - the #1 predictor of success in business and leadership. Learn what your EQ is and how to increase it.
  • Credibility by James Kouzes and Barry Posner - all new and revised edition with sharpened focus on how leaders earn and sustain credibility
  • Study of Jim Collins' entire body of work on Good to Great companies, what drove some to fail, and others to thrive in uncertain times
The coursework is presented in a six one-day sessions over a six-month period. You will:
  • Create personal vision and mission statements and guiding principles
  • Create your business plan
  • Explore tools and techniques to improve your practice
  • Expand your professional network and form long-lasting bonds with other leaders
  • Learn how to increase productivity, efficiency and effectiveness
  • Increase self-understanding to realize enhanced interpersonal relationships
  • Apply your leadership skills through NAIFA service
  • Encounter the very best in leadership and personal development thinking as presented by outstanding leaders
  • Learn at a highly accelerated rate while surrounded by highly motivated peers
  • Engage in deep introspection and deal with topics such as time management, vision and mission statements, business plans, and ways to create deeper, more meaningful relationships
  • Every aspect of your life may be affected by LILI. Each relationship - family, business or social - can be improved by the tools, knowledge and experience gained through participation in the program. As you apply LILI principles, you will grow emotionally, intellectually and professionally. LILI creates a culture - a unique learning environment - that encourages you to bring out the best in yourself, and then apply what you learn across each facet of your life.
LILI Alumni Testimonials:
"When I was approached to take the LILI program, my first reaction was: "Why? What's wrong with me?"  And then I had to consider the demands of my personal life -- my Mom had recently passed away, I needed to concentrate on my business, the time and distance commitment, etc., etc., etc. Part of what I learned in LILI was the invitation to join the class was a compliment -- about what was actually right with me, not wrong. LILI assists us in identifying our strengths and weaknesses, solidifies our commitments, and defines the meaning of integrity beyond anything we thought possible.  I was a 2008 LILI Graduate and I own my own business. I was the first Paramedical representative to take LILI in Florida, and as a results, 2008 was the best year I'd had until then (by far!). The fundamental emotional fortitude you find in LILI never leaves you. If someone cares enough about you to approach you about LILI, or you care enough about yourself, your relationships and your career, I urge you to take the leap of faith. You will not regret it.  It is a small investment in becoming a better YOU."........  Alicia Burst, NAIFA-Jacksonville
"LILI was indeed worth the time commitment. Not only did we establish deeper personal relationships with our class members, we learned that we were not alone in this daily struggle called life. The LILI coursework put heavy emphasis on personal development through a number of resources: books, movies, and our own required writing assignments. It reminded me of college, except more practical than theoretical. We were required to dive into uncomfortable areas but the end results of the exercise were quite rewarding. I would strongly recommend participation in LILI. It matters not one's age or experience, only the willingness to learn."........ Curtis Neuman, NAIFA-Ocala
"LILI's coursework provided valuable growth opportunities - how to grow professionally, how to grow personally -- and it gave me a richer understanding of my professional association. As a result of my LILI experience, I feel I've become more well-rounded both as a professional and as an individual. More importantly, I've become a better leader." ........  Jeff Chernoff, NAIFA-Tampa
"As a LILI graduate, more than anything else, I became more committed to NAIFA and, specifically, to my local association."........
Denwood Parrish, NAIFA- Space Coast  
"For years I put off applying for LILI because I wasn't sure what benefit I would receive by attending yet another " leadership" class! I was totally wrong in my skepticism and have been pleasantly surprised by the wealth of wisdom & opportunities afforded me after graduation! This class isn't just for growing your business. The skills you'll learn will help you in your everyday life, especially with challenging family dynamics that so many of us are facing." ......... Toni Stanaland, NAIFA-Tampa
"I took LILI in Harrisburg, PA about five years ago. It was a life changing event. After the 5th or final 6th class, something changed in me. I finally had inner peace and happiness for the first time in my life. I'm puzzled that the NY Life's, Mass Mutual's, Pru's, and Northwestern Mutual's of the world do not make this a mandatory class for their advisors, and then pay for the class upon completion." ..........  William Small, NAIFA- Palm Beaches  
"I participated in LILI five years ago and found it to be an incredible experience! The friendships made were priceless and impactful. The information and skills developed have helped me become a much better agent.  I would recommend that anyone serious about our industry should sign up and attend a LILI course -- it will be a life changer!" ........ Blake Thomas, NAIFA-Daytona Beach