Sarasota Foundation Seeks Emerging Leaders For Institute, Apply Now

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation is accepting applications for the 2010 class of the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute. Participants are being sought from across the region for this three-month leadership development program.

"Our program will help leaders with individual leadership skills and then use them in the group as they grow through the class," says Teri A. Hansen, president and chief executive officer of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

The Gulf Coast Leadership Institute is made up of seven training sessions that run from May through July, and they are held in Venice. The Fanning Institute, a public service and outreach unit of the University of Georgia, will lead the training.

The seven training sessions will cover: understanding leadership, communicating effectively, valuing community diversity, managing conflict, building communities through collaboration, making group decisions and leading community change.

Up to 25 participants will be chosen from various industry sectors. To ensure a diverse group of participants, the Foundation will try to get representation from private businesses, government employees, community volunteers and nonprofit organizations, says Greg Luberecki, director of marketing and communications.

Applicants are likely to be selected from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. The deadline to apply is April 23. Interested participants may click here.

Fifty-four professionals and volunteers already have graduated from the leadership development initiative.

Writer: Nancy Vaughn
Source: Teri A. Hansen and Greg Luberecki, Gulf Coast Community Foundation

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