Leadership Florida Connect
October 2017 Report
Leadership Florida Connect Board Update
Adriana Ficano, Development Chair
Leadership Florida Connect Class VI
Chief of Staff & AVP of Corporate Relations
Broward College

Each month, we’ll chat with a different board member about their goals and initiatives. This year’s development chair, Adriana Ficano is dedicated to streamlining the donor solicitation process. What this means is Adriana is working to ensure that Leadership Florida Connect asks are all embedded into Leadership Florida Cornerstone asks. Integration of the fundraising will be completed by developing a regular communication system with Leadership Florida development chair and ultimately sun setting the Connect Development Chair role in 2018-19.

  • We hope to increase Leadership Florida Connect dues paying membership overall by 20 percent and increase Leadership Florida Connect giving by current members by 20 percent.

Key Highlights:
  • Dues notices went out! Please remember to pay your dues and help us reach our goal of increasing Leadership Florida Connect dues-paying membership overall by 20 percent.
  • Donation solicitations are beginning in October.

 Donor solicitations are beginning in October. If you have any questions about the solicitation process please contact Bethany Swonson at bswonson@leadershipflorida.org .
Breaking Bread Tour
Happy to share a statement regarding the Breaking Bread tour from our President and CEO, Wendy Spencer.

“The Breaking Bread tour has given me an opportunity to thank many of our investors, get to know them better, and gain feedback in what is important to them as a champion of Leadership Florida. In these times of emails, texts and social media, the simple act of breaking bread with friends and having a face to face conversation is often overlooked as a great way to build relationships. I look forward to meeting more of the Leadership Florida family throughout the year!”

Click on the image for a short video!
Catching Up With Leadership Florida Connect Class VIII
Leadership Florida Connect Class VIII met for the first time a couple of weeks ago in Orlando for its opening session. During the session class members witnessed phenomenal speakers; engaged in activities such as opening circle introductions and creative problems solving; and attended memory making events as they bonded during the Orlando Magic basketball game and tour. One major highlight was the presentation given by the Emergency Response and Community Impact Team of Orlando Health, as well as House Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith regarding the community response to the Pulse nightclub tragedy. This was a very timely discussion considering the heartbreaking recent events in Las Vegas. 

Speakers Included:

  • The Honorable Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando
  • Dr. Nathaniel Glover, President, Edward Waters College, Former Sheriff, Duval County (Executive Class IX)
  • Ken Lawson, President & CEO, VISIT FLORIDA
  • Carolyn Fennell, Senior Director of Public Affairs & Community Relations, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
  • Davin Ruohomaki, Senior Director of Planning, Engineering & Construction, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
  • Tom Draper, Senior Director of Airport Operations, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
  • Mark Jones, President, Orlando Regional Medical Center and SVP, Orlando Health (Executive Class IX)
  • Dr. Michael Cheatham, Chief Surgical Quality Officer, Orlando Regional Medical Center and Chairman, Orlando Health Surgical Group
  • Amy DeYoung, Administrator of Allied Health Services, Orlando Regional Medical Center
  • Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, District 49
  • Dr. Peter Hammerschmidt, Professor of Economics, Leadership Development Institute, Eckerd College and Leadership Consulting Services
Upcoming Connect Session Dates:

  • Pensacola—The Hilton Pensacola Beach, November 8-10, 2017
  • Tallahassee—Hotel Duval, February 8-10, 2018
  • Miami—The Conrad, April 12-14, 2018
  • Sarasota—Ritz Carlton (Annual Meeting), June 14-17, 2018
Mark Your Calendars!
  • October 20, 2017: Leadership Florida's Gulfstream Region Presents: Cyber security Expert (Click HERE to view invitation)

  • October 23, 2017: Northwest (Tallahassee) Regional New Member Reception (Click HERE to view invitation)

  • November 7, 2017: West Central New Member Reception (Click HERE to view invitation)

  • November 7, 2017: Southeast New Member Reception (Details coming soon...)

  • November 8-10, 2017: Leadership Florida Connect Class VIII Second Session: Pensacola, The Hilton Pensacola Beach

  • November 15, 2017: Southwest New Member Reception (In conjunction with the Cornerstone Class reception)