NORTHWEST, Fla. – At a closing retreat and graduation ceremony on May 12, 2023, Florida’s Great Northwest (FGNW) Foundation honored its new graduates from Leadership Northwest Florida, a new regional collaboration program focused on community, content and connection. Eighteen leaders from across Northwest Florida participated in the inaugural program that fostered a deeper understanding of the region’s diverse landscape.
Class I participants were immersed in a seven-month educational program which offered a holistic view of the conditions, challenges and opportunities that are shared throughout Northwest Florida focusing on the areas of Business Vitality, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Infrastructure, Talent, and Quality of Place.
Marcus McBride who is President & CEO of CareerSource Escarosa was selected as a participant in the inaugural Leadership Northwest Florida class. He was also elected by his classmates to serve as President of Class I.
“I am grateful for the connections established, information shared, and countless economic development resources identified across the Northwest Florida territory,” said McBride. “The Leadership Northwest Florida program was well-organized, allowed every leader in this cohort see the Panhandle of Florida in its truest form and understand how invaluable our communities are when connected with a common purpose.”
Another class participant was Elizabeth Forsythe who is a Senior Associate with CBRE, Inc. She shares a similar experience with the Leadership Northwest Florida program.
“Making new life-long connections and friends, visiting and hearing from successful business owners throughout the region, learning about the partnerships and innovation initiatives happening right here along our Emerald Coast, and learning more about our incredible talent base are just some of the things I took away from this program,” said Forsythe. “The work that Florida's Great Northwest does to attract new businesses to the area, and to spread the word about all this region has to offer is invaluable!”
Congratulations to all the graduates from Class I of Leadership Northwest Florida:
If you are interested in applying for consideration of Class II of the program, visit FloridasGreatNorthwest.com/LNWFL. The deadline to receive applications for the Class of 2023-2024 will be September 6, 2023. For more information, please contact Kasey Killebrew at 334-790-4557 or email@example.com.
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