How to Apply
Class XXVIII Recruitment Receptions were held here:
Key West-July 11, Thursday – 5:30-7:30 pm
Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens
Marathon-July 19, Friday – 6:00-7:30 pm
Crane Point Nature Center and Museum
Islamorada-July 26, Friday – 6:00-7:30 pm
Cheeca Lodge, Islamorada
Over 180 community Keys leaders attended the socials, this summer, attesting to the ongoing alumni and interested applicant’s support and ensuring we are helping to make the Keys futures Stronger.
For the future CLASS XXIX - Submit After June 30, 2020
Application Submission for Class XXVIII closed August 9, 2019.
FYI, you can access the prior Class XXVIII Application at this link:
Class XXVIII Session Dates
#1 – Sept. 27-28: Tourism/Economy – Two days & one overnight in Key West
#2 – Nov. 8, 9, 10: Environment – Three days & two overnights in the Everglades
#3 – Dec. 6: Education/Government
#4 – Jan. 17-18, 2019: Law/Military – Two days & one overnight in Key West
#5 – Feb. 7: Health Care – One day in Marathon
#6 – Feb. 21: Human Services – One day in Key West
#7 – March 6: Emergency Management – One day in Marathon
#8 – Apr. 17-18: – Arts/Culture/Media – One and a half-days in Key West & with an overnight in Key West
Apr. 18: Leadership / Graduation – Key West
Overview of Leadership Monroe Sessions
Refining personal skills and learning to draw out the best in each individual in a group are among the goals of this session, as well as providing an overall introduction to the program and acquaint class members with each other.
Tourism and the Economy
This session includes an overview of the Monroe County economy. The class will review Keys’ current and potential issues that impact our economy. The class will learn about tourism trends in Monroe County and gain insight on the inner workings of the Tourist Development Council.
As the major economic industry in Monroe County, it impacts every community sector, and not only financially, but also socially, culturally, and now as a global identity.
Our past is prologue to the present, and the tourism industry faces many challenges, not only marketing, but the impact on our futures.
This session includes nature tours in the “River of Grass” eco-sytem with the opportunity to see many endangered at-risk and unique species of flora and fauna in their natural habitat.
Efforts to make the Keys “greener” and the ongoing challenges of our waste water issues and those effects on our environment will be highlighted.
The Government segment offers a look at the legislative system that impacts local residents, the complexities of governing in today’s regulatory environment, and issues currently facing public decision makers at the local and county level. Municipal, county, state and Federal representatives join the class to address the priorities
An overview of county-wide Emergency Services will be provided. You will be able to examine the decision making process by the responsible officials and responders as a hurricane approaches and explore how it effects the Keys physically, mentally and economically.
Medical and health services issues directly affecting Monroe County will be addressed. Challenges and barriers encountered by consumers, providers and third party payers will be explored. County-wide health services will be presented and tours of area health facilities is included.
Gain crucial insight into Monroe County’s diverse population, as well as its poverty and human services needs. Experience real life problems that people less fortunate are facing and find out more about the various organizations that exist in the county to assist people in our community.
The Arts, Culture and The Media
The Arts are examined for their historical, cultural, social and economic impact on the Florida Keys.
Apply for Class XXVIII
from July 1 - August 9, 2019
for constructive alliances among Florida Keys leaders.