Leadership St. Johns
Advancing Leadership In Our Community
About Leadership St. Johns
The Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership St. Johns program strives to connect and develop leaders to help drive the success of our local economy as St. Johns County confronts the opportunities and challenges of today and tomorrow. Since 2000, more than 300 St. Johns County leaders have graduated from Leadership St. Johns.
St. Johns County’s business, political and non-profit community ranks include many Leadership St. Johns alumni who have and are continuing to make a positive difference. The LSJ program also provides a way to recognize talented individuals within your organization who might benefit from the Leadership St. Johns experience and who can utilize this opportunity to advance your organization’s goals. The strong personal and professional connections that class members make during the program year are invaluable.
Participants in Leadership St. Johns must commit to a high standard of attendance and participation in the retreat and program sessions. The Leadership St. Johns program consists of eight, eight-hour program days (generally 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.), a two-day retreat, a final program wrap-up, and an opening reception and graduation dinner. Attendance at all of these events, especially the retreat, is mandatory. Excused absences of no more than 12 hours of program days may be missed to be eligible for graduation.
Class members will plan and execute a class project incorporating the following goals: 1) Draw in/engage alumni; 2) Raise endowment for the LSJ Alumni Scholarship Fund; 3) Recruit potential new class members. The genesis of these goals was embodied in the Class of 2016-2017 Project which provides scholarships to those participants who would otherwise be unable to participate in the LSJ Program.
Are YOU ready to take the LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE?
Leadership St. Johns begins accepting applications for its upcoming year each Summer.
During the program year, the class of approximately 20 leaders is convened 1 day each month during which participants experience a full-day of policy briefings and onsite tours providing a comprehensive overview of the challenges and opportunities facing our community.
Class members who successfully graduate from the program will be welcomed into the elite ranks of leadership program graduates in St. Johns County and across Florida.
"The Leadership St. Johns experience has been amazing and so much more than I had imagined…I was able to meet leaders of our community, hear their perspectives and view the community in a whole new light..."
- Dawn DiMeglio, Herbie Wiles Insurance
“Leadership St. Johns is about more than networking – it allows you to delve into the resources and needs of our county and find opportunities to impact our community in a significant way, and in the process, develop significant friendships with other leaders.”
- Jill Miller, Flagler College
Why LEADERSHIP ST JOHNS? More Alumni Testimonials
“Participating in Leadership St. Johns has been exciting and educational; it is like having a backstage pass to all the inner workings of our county.” – Cathy Johnston, Haven Hospice
“Leadership St. Johns is one of the most enjoyable leadership training venues with which I’ve ever been involved. The profound insights gleaned from the meetings and field trips to a wide variety of sites across the county – coupled with the opportunity to dramatically expand networks by working closely with leaders from an array of industry segments – has made this endeavor professionally and personally rewarding.”
– Dwyn Taylor, Stellar
“This program is especially valuable to anyone seeking to address a challenging issue of concern or to discover cutting-edge opportunities. The people that you meet, the places you will visit and the discussions in which you will participate will significantly impact any endeavor you choose to pursue. The relationships you develop will provide you with years of guidance, resources, project collaborations and friendships.”
– Amy Leach, St. Johns County Council on Aging
For more information regarding Leadership St. Johns, please contact Bob Porter, Vice President of Public Policy and LSJ Program Director, at (904) 687-2049 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.